One of the oddest vintage ads I’ve come across was from 1969, advertising football season is good food season and suggesting various foods that sort of tied into football. “I’ll bookmark that for football season!” I thought to myself, and moved on.
Now that we’re coming to the end of football season, I wanted to make one of these football treats and so I took a closer look. That look turned from “yay” to “uhh” fairly quickly. Stewed prunes? V-8? Margarine? OVALTINE? So these weren’t so much “recipes” per se, more like “ways to convince your guests to hold next year’s Super Bowl party at someone else’s house” — which is a valid goal, I suppose, but not typically the sort food advertisers push.
The only one that looked halfway like a recipe was the Banana Gingerbread Shortcake.
Chiquita Banana Gingerbread Shortcake. Bake a gingerbread mix. Cut into two layers. Put whipped cream and sliced Chiquita Bananas between the layers and on top. A team favorite.
Which team, it doesn’t say, so we’ll just assume it’s our team.
Boxed gingerbread cake mix is pretty bland. Not impressed.
Luckily, whipped cream is a very easy frosting to make and to spread. And maybe it can salvage the cake.
Banana slices are also very easy!
I was right when I said this looked “halfway decent,” that’s about what it tasted like. Bananas and whipped cream are pretty good; gingerbread and whipped cream are pretty good. Somehow, all three combined? Weird. The kids and Buzz enjoyed it more than me, so it wasn’t a complete loss…
Vintage “good food season” ad comes from bluwmongoose on Flickr.