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Retro Holiday Foods We're Glad Are History (PHOTOS)

Some things we'll just never understand.
12/18/2013 09:17am ET | Updated December 19, 2013

Old fashioned, vintage, retro: These words often signal something that's cool and back in style today. But not everything that's old should be new again. Certain foods Americans used to eat over the holidays, for example, don't really translate well today.

Yes, the holidays are a great time for tradition, and the perfect time to serve those family recipes passed down over the generations, but we'd rather not resurrect frozen fruit cake salad, thanks very much. For all the great, festive foods we've seen over the years, there have been some equally terrible ones.

Here are a few holiday foods of yore we're glad haven't made a comeback.

Tuna Christmas Tree
Originally published in Better Homes and Gardens® publications. <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">http://www.bhg.com/recipes</a>
All we want for Christmas is to not eat tuna shaped like a Christmas tree. "Treasury of Holiday Ideas"
Tomato Aspic
McCall's Great American Recipe Card Collection via <a href="http://dougsploitation.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/tomato%20aspic" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Dougsploitation.blogspot.co.uk</a>
Aspic, a moldable jelly made from gelatin and stock, was an extremely popular dish in the '50s and '60s. It was responsible for some truly frightening meals. We should all consider ourselves lucky that we aren't faced with this at the holiday table.
Christmas Candle Salad
Tested Recipe Institute Inc. via <a href="http://vintagerecipecards.com/2012/12/25/christmas-candle-salad/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">VintageRecipeCards.com</a>
Mmm, leave it to banana candles to make the holidays feel bright.
Shrimp Christmas Tree
<a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/columns/vintage-ba-columns/article/shrimp-christmas-tree-1974?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Bon Appetit</a>
At least today everyone can agree that a Christmas tree compiled of shrimp is not a good idea. “I don’t even know where to begin. The whole thing is atrocious, but in an amazing way," said Bon Appetit senior food editor Dawn Perry.
Santa's Whiskers
Originally published in Better Homes and Gardens® publications. <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">http://www.bhg.com/recipes</a>
Hands down the worst name for a cookie ever. Ever.
Cranberry Candles
Hellmans
Nothing says holiday cheer like a candle because it's made out of mayonnaise.
Christmas Confections
The Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library via <a href="http://vintagerecipecards.com/2011/12/14/christmas-confections/" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">VintageRecipeCards.com</a>
Why so many foods had to be shaped like a Christmas tree is a mystery that will never be solved. These trees were built with Cheerios dyed with green food coloring, marshmallows and gumdrops.
Frozen Fruit Cake Salad
Originally published in Better homes and Gardens® publications. <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">http://www.bhg.com/recipes</a>
Crushed pineapple, bananas, candied cherries, sour cream and frozen whipped dessert topping: Don't be fooled, this is no salad.
Cocktail Weenie Tree
From <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Kitschmas-Ultimate-Holiday-Handbook/dp/B000A176TM?tag=thehuffingtop-20" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Merry Kitschmas</a> via <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/retro-holiday-foods-197098" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">ApartmentTherapy</a>
Happy holidays!

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