Celebrating America's Favorite Food Trends of the Past 50 Years

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A lot has changed since American Home Shield was founded 50 years ago. While our commitment to providing the best home service plans in the business hasn’t wavered since 1971, much of our lives are very different. Take food trends, for example: what was popular in the 1970s might be considered old fashioned these days. (And that will probably be true of today’s food trends 50 years from now, too.) Read on to learn more about the foods and culinary trends that were all the rage over the past 50 years.  

1970s: Dramatic Dishes 

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The 1970s saw a trend in rich and dramatic entertaining recipes: think cheese balls, pasta primavera, quiche Lorraine, Bundt cakes, stroganoffs, and fonduesCheese fondue was a real showstopper back in the day and it’s a crowd-pleasing party dish that’s still popular today. After all, who can resist a gooey, warm, cheesy dip made with gruyere, swiss cheese, nutmeg, and a splash of white wine for good measure? Try it at your next gathering and get ready to wow your guests! 

1980s: Global Flavors 

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The 1980s saw the influence of international foods and the use of exotic ingredients (or exotic for their time; they’re pretty commonplace these days). Pesto, Cajun foodtacos, and sushi all gained traction in the ‘80s... and continue to be popular today because they’re delicious! Another food-from-faraway that gained a big following in the 1980s was Swedish meatballsThey’re relatively easy prepare at home, or if you get a craving and don’t want to cook, you could always get your Swedish meatball fix at your local Ikea 

1990s: Wow-worthy Salads 

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Salads were all the rage in the ‘90s, and the more elaborate, the better. Chinese chicken salad, pasta salad, and Cobb salad were found on menus and family dinner tables across the nation. Goat cheese also became a trendy ingredient in the 1990s, and goat cheese salad with spinach, walnuts, pears, and dried cranberries (often dressed in a zippy balsamic vinaigrette) became one of the most popular salads of the decade that can still be found on many restaurant menus today.  

2000s: Bite-sized Treats & Mini Desserts 

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Cake popscheesecake bites, and mini cupcakes could be found in every coffee shop and supermarket in the 2000s. If a dessert could be miniaturized into super-cute individual portions, it was popular in the during this time 

2010s: Hybrid Foods 

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No food trend list would be complete without the mention of the poster child for hybrid foods, the cronut. A cross between a donut and a croissant, cronuts became a pop culture sensation in 2013, Dominque Ansel’s overnight hit led the way for other hybrid foods like cruffins (a croissant and a muffin), sushi burritos, ramen burgers, donut burgers... the list goes on and on.  

2020 and Beyond: Cauliflower Everything 

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Sure, we’ve seen our fair share of food trends in the past few years: avocado toast, paleo dietspoke bowls, bulk meal prep, instant pot dishes, and vegan burgers, but the reigning food trend of the 2020s so far is anything made with cauliflower. This humble vegetable has proven to be a low-carb ingredient that’s impressively versatile: you can use it to as a substitute for pizza crusts, rice, steaks, tots, and much more. Cauliflower can do it alland its star doesn’t appear to be dimming anytime soon.  

 

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