Small dish of banana pudding with wafers and whip topping
The Most Popular Dessert The Year You Were Born
By Ellen Kershner
1920-1925: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Pineapples were first canned in the 1860s. It wasn't exciting to eat them straight from the can, but when included on a cake, folks in the early 1920s loved it.
1926-1929: Rice Krispies Date Pudding
Rice Krispies date pudding is a vintage recipe in which crushed-up cereal gets combined with milk, eggs, chopped nuts, dates, and sugar.
1930-1935: Potato Donuts
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 until 1939, and from the difficult lifestyle arose flourless potato donuts, with a batter made from mashed potatoes, sugar, and buttermilk.
1936-1939: Chocolate Rice Whip
Rice pudding was another popular Depression-era dessert and is still popular now because it can be made with leftover rice. In the 1930s, a favorite version was chocolate rice whip.
1940-1945: Molasses Cookies
These cookies were dessert stars in the 1940s. Sugar rationing was a necessity during World War II, so molasses was substituted, and these cookies were popular to send to soldiers.