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A New Take on Ice Cream Parlor Style: Colorful Cup Holders

Sep 23, 2014 |  Retro Staff No Comments

    Ice cream parlors of the 50s and 60s typically served ice cream and soft drinks in metal or heavy plastic cups with disposable paper liners. We have a new take on the traditional metal version—colorful plastic cup holders. They’re lightweight and less expensive than the metal ones. And they come in a variety

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Cheesepocalypse? Say it isn’t so!

Jan 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

I didn’t think anything of it when I clicked on #Velveeta–a trending topic on Twitter today. Needless to say, imagine my surprise when I learned that Kraft Foods has announced that there’s an honest-to-goodness Velveeta shortage. Me? I didn’t think such a thing was possible. I mean, not that I’m questioning the amount of actual

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Happy Birthday, Swanson TV Dinner…

Sep 10, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the 1920s, Clarence Birdseye developed a quick freezing process in order to preserve foods without heavily compromising flavor. In quick freezing, food is frozen very fast, so only tiny ice crystals have a chance to form. While many companies attempted to make ready-made meals, it took nearly thirty years to see real success. That’s

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Campbell’s Releases Warhol Soup Cans

Sep 02, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Get them while they last! Starting this weekend, your tomato soup comes in a pop-art can paying tribute to iconic artist Andy Warhol. Campbell Soup Co. is taking it’s stab at retro marketing by styling cans after Warhol’s famous paintings of the brand’s tomato soup cans. Some argue the marketing is to help Campbell’s pick

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Marshmallow Fluff and the Fluffernutter!

Aug 11, 2012 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

One of the most classic sandwich treats of years past is the Fluffernutter. Traditionally, it’s a sandwich made with white bread, peanut butter, and Marshmallow Fluff (a brand of marshmallow creme). But who invented this tasty snack? And, more so, what was the inspiration for the component of gooey, sticky, sugary creme? It all started

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Cupcakes: Deliciously Retro

Jun 11, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Cupcakes. Who can resist these single-serving baked treats? A miniaturized cake, they carry the same core elements – a baked base, frosting, and, sometimes, sprinkles or other embellishments. Reports vary, but the term ‘cupcake’ is thought to have been first mentioned in E. Leslie’s Receipts, published in 1828. Back then, it was traditional to weigh

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Gourmet Treats: Three New England Originals are Hard to Resist

May 31, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Anyone who cooks classic goodies like dogs, burgers and BBQ, knows the flavor is about more than the cut of meat or the vessel. Condiments can make or break a dish. In a recent quest to outfit retro gift baskets with local goodies, the Retro Planet staff relied on their own experiences. There were tons of

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Bacon – The Retro Food that’s So Today

May 16, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Bacon. Few can resist it’s unique taste and smell. Even in tough economic times, Americans still consume more than 700 million pounds annually. It’s a once unhealthy luxury that has become a staple in many households and eateries. It’s reported that some 70% of bacon consumed is at the breakfast table, and breakfast is the

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