This vintage ad has a photo of something called "Sugar-Frosted Dainties." To get the recipe, one would have had to write to Knox for the recipe and I didn't do that because, well, I was born before this ad ran.
However, I recently found a neat little recipe that makes homemade gum drops that look just like the Sugar-Frosted Dainties.
The recipe is very easy and the results are a delight. I'm making lots and lots of them as Chrsitmas gifts this year.
Homemade Gum Drops
1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup apple juice 1 package Jell-o Gelatin, 4 serving size-color of your choice 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice extra sugar for rolling
Coat a Loaf pan with cooking spray. You can also use an 8x8 pan, though the gumdrops will be thinner. Place pan in refrigerator until ready to use.
Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, let sit for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once you reach a steady boil, continue to boil for 1 full minute. Pour into chilled pan and return to refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Once gelatin is set, run knife around edges to loosen. Using a spatula, remove gumdrop slab to wax paper and cut into desired shapes using a sharp knife. If knife starts to get sticky, run under hot water. Transfer cut gumdrops to a tray lined with fresh wax paper to dry at room temperature for at least 10 hours, preferably overnight. I placed my tray in the cold oven to dry. Roll gumdrops in granulated sugar and store in airtight container.
If you want to go vintage all the way, you can put your homemade gum drops into a milkglass candy dish, like this one.
Shaking things up a bit. (Or should that be stirring?) Here's a cocktail recipe from new, not retro, advertising.
Cariel Berry Vodka Lemonade
1 small tub frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed 1 can (12 oz.) frozen pink lemonade, thawed 1 can (12 oz.) frozen cranberry juice, thawed 6 cups water 1 1/2 cups vodka 2 cans (12 oz. each) lemon-lime soda lemon slices, optional for garnish mint, optional for garnish
Spoon strawberries into an ice cube tray and freeze until firm.
In a 3-quart pitcher, mix pink lemonade, cranberry juice, water, and vodka. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, add the lemon-lime soda to the mixture. Serve over the strawberry cubes; garnish with lemon slices and mint.
Moms and dads in the 60s knew how to party. Where do you think you got it from?
According to Huffington Post, Mama June and Sugar Bear's wedding menu consisted of "a whole roasted pig with the head still intact (the meat was served as pulled pork sandwiches and ribs), corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, rolls and sweet tea."
This being a food blog, I thought you'd want to know.