Monday, June 6, 2011

6 June 1957 “A Can Of Fruit Cocktail”

fruitcocktail2 I am always intrigued by the ‘made from can’ recipes I find in my various magazines. This one caught my eye both by the color and the variety of items made from a simple can of fruit cocktail.

fruitcocktail1Certainly the can of fruit cocktail is often overlooked by modern people at the local grocery store. Perhaps they still exist simply for the ‘older set’ but I think these recipes actually sound quite lovely, especially the ice cream and the pork skillet.

I have provided the recipe cards here for you to print out and put in your own recipe box or book. I even copied over the little colored images of the product onto the card, so if you refer to it later you will know what the heck a ‘fruit shrub’ is. I hope you enjoy them and let me know if any of you make them. I am going to be trying the shrub and the ice cream this summer as well as the pork skillet.




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Happy Homemaking!


  1. Thanks for these Donna.

    At the ripe old age of 31 I enjoy the occasional tin of fruit cocktail, but its hard finding ones in juice rather than Syrup here. (North Yorkshire.)

    Nothing goes better with a bit of vanilla ice cream.

    Hmm, wonder if I've any in the cupboard...

  2. Fruit cocktail was the dessert of choice in my 1980's childhood home, that and jello. My brothers and I would fight over the few grapes and cherries. I still buy it from time to time for my own family as a treat. I think I'll try that treasure pie. It looks great, especially for summer.

  3. Here's another old recipe using fruit cocktail:

    Fruit Cocktail Cake

    Stir together
    1 can fruit cocktail and juice (about 2 cups)
    1 1/2 cups sugar

    Add 2 cups flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 eggs
    Mix and pour into 10" x 16" pan

    Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped nuts & 1/2 cup brown sugar over top. Bake 350 degrees until springy (no time given).

    Heat 1 stick margarine until melted. Stir in 1 small can evaporated milk & 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour over cake while hot.

  4. I recall as a kid my mom would always make what she called Fruit Cocktail Salad to take to potlucks. Basically it was a can of fruit cocktail dumped into a bowl and mixed with Miracle Whip *shudder*. She still "whips it up" sometimes for gatherings and then can't understand why no one eats!

  5. Betsy, it sounds delicious to me! Connie, that recipe looks good, too. My mother and I will be in heaven with these.

  6. jenny, you can now buy fruit cocktail with extra cherries in it. no more fighting with siblings!

  7. Helen-You shall have to try the ice cream recipe!
    Jenny-how funny! I used to not like the cherries, but now I love them.
    Connie-Thanks for this recipe, I will try it this summer you can bet.
    Betsy-miracle whip? Are you sure it wasn't whipped cream?
    Stacy-thanks for that tip.
    I am glad you like the fruit cocktail recipes. Tinned food is the utmost of modernity in these times.

  8. Oh, and don't you love that with the fruit shrub, grownups 'spoon it up with dignity' while children 'slurp it up with a straw'? Ah, manners, such wonderful archaic things.

  9. Yes, it was Miracle Whip, the wannabe mayonnaise in a jar. Or as it was known then, "Salad Dressing."

  10. Oh my goodness, Besty! I just assumed you meant Dream Whip or something like that. I'm not so sure about the mayo and fruit cocktail combination.


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