It's enough to make the I’m A Celebrity eating challenges look palatable.
It was a decade of the Queen’s Coronation, the end of food rationing and the Suez Crisis.
The 1950s are fondly remembered by many as a golden age of community ties and a strong sense of national pride – but others remember it for the disgusting food.
Recipes from the 1950s bizarrely twinned bananas with spam or ham and hollandaise.
And hot dogs form the “crust” of a cheesy pie sure to make you queasy.
It could be followed by a tomato refresher – complete with gelatine and a gravy cube.
Following the end of the Second World War and food rationing in Britain, people liked to make ‘fancy’ dishes and pair foods that should never be seen together.
Dr Polly Russell said: “It’s not that the food was all bad, but it was plain and monotonous, constrained by rationing and people’s incomes.
“There was quite a lot of tinned food, like sardines, tuna and corned beef, and very small quantities of meat compared to what we are used to now.”
Some of the most disgusting recipes from the 1950s:
1) Vegetable and Tuna jelly wreath
2) Frosted Ribbon Loaf
3) Christmas Candle Salad
4) Tuna and jelly pie
5) Frozen cheese salad