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Desserts and sweet treats have come a long way in the last 50 years. While there are many great dessert trends in the last decade thanks to popular shows like Cupcake Wars and Ace of Cakes, we miss the golden age of desserts when all you needed to satisfy that sweet tooth was a package of banana cream pudding, a refrigerated pie crust, and some whipped topping. This list includes recipes just like that – simple, classic, and always a huge hit. Take a trip down memory lane with these 12 vintage desserts!

5 Minute Pineapple Pie

With just five main ingredients, four of which you’re likely to have on hand, and 5 minutes of prep, this dessert quite literally could not be easier. Mix your fruit, pudding and sour cream together, then pour mixture into the crust. Quick, easy, and delicious. Sign us up! Get the full recipe here!

Hello Dolly Bars

These ooey gooey bars of sweetness go by many names – hello dolly bars, seven layer bars, and magic bars, to name a few. No matter what you call them, one thing’s for sure; you can’t go wrong with chocolate, coconut, and pecans, layered on a graham cracker crust. These classic dessert bars are sure to be a hit at your next get together! Get our tried and true recipe here!

Ambrosia Salad

Our grandma always made ambrosia for special occasions, and we like to make it because it reminds us of her. It’s a simple dish with a fancy name with great “retro” personality. We’re pretty sure this is a dessert that’s going to stick around forever! Sometimes these classic recipes can find new life in a modern context, as we all think back to the good old days when a dessert like this was such a treat. Get the classic recipe here!

Pistachio Fluff

This old-school recipe is a throwback to the past; it’s so easy to make and uses just a few ingredients. We make our pistachio fluff with crushed pineapple and marshmallows and sometimes will top it with maraschino cherries. The bright green color of this dessert looks so refreshing and inviting, our family can’t wait to dig right in. We love to surprise guests with this unexpectedly retro, super cool and bright dessert! Get the full recipe here!

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