Hot’n Devilish Chex Snack Mix Recipe from 1988

Here is another old recipe for you to try out at home in the modern age. I looked over the list of ingredients, and everything you need is still on the market today. This twist on the traditional snack mix looks really good, and should fit the Halloween season really well. I’ll be making a batch of this for Halloween night as my snack of choice while enjoying that night’s TV viewing. If you make this, drop a line in the comments with how it turned out.

Philly 3-Step Cherry Cheesecake Recipe from 1984

Everyone probably has some kind of Christmas get-together to attend at some point this season, and I’d be willing to bet that there will be food at those get-togethers. If you want to be the hit of the party and keep it old-school at the same time, then show up with one of these Philly 3-Step Cherry Cheesecakes and you’ll you’re sure to be the star. My mom used to make these cheesecakes all throughout the year, but she would use blueberry topping for them because that was my dad’s favorite. But when she’d make one at Christmas, she’d make the actual CHerry version to be festive.

Jello Pudding Fudge Recipe from 1968

The Christmas season is also fudge season for a lot of people. One of the many things I learned in my years working at a grocery store is that a lot of people make fudge for Christmas, and just as many people are always searching for that perfect fudge recipe. I don’t know if a perfect recipe exists, but I do know that an easy and tasty recipe exists and it’s this one from Jello. How much easier could it get than using a box of Jello for fudge?

So if you’re one of those people who like to give fudge at Christmas, or if you’re just one of us who loves to eat the stuff, try out this old recipe this year.

Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe from 1987

That date of 1987 is a little misleading, as this recipe actually dates back to the 1950s. But the ad itself is from 1987 so there you go.

With it being Thanksgiving, I just had to feature a Thanksgiving-centric recipe as part of this Retro Recipe series. It’s an easy recipe to pull off, so if you’ve been invited somewhere for the big dinner and want to take something, or you’re having folks over, you can really impress them with this pumpkin pie. And if you’re just eating alone, be careful, as this pie is so damn good you may find yourself eating the whole thing.

This recipe is the one I used when I made my first pumpkin pie. As you’ll read tomorrow, my parents went out for Thanksgiving all the time, and I never really had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner until I got married. The first year I was married, I told my wife that we were going to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner, and this was the pie I made. So look it over and give it a shot, it really is easy, and probably the best pumpkin pie you’ll find.

Gold’n Nut Crunch Recipe from 1988

With us starting to get into the heart of the holiday season, you can expect several snack mix recipes from the past to be highlighted here. Back at Halloween, we covered the Hot’n Devilish Chex Snack Mix, and just last week I presented the recipe for Hot Buttered Cheerios. So like I said, get ready for more snack mix-type recipes from now through Christmas. There will be other recipes though, so don’t worry that it’s all going to be savory snacks.

Now, on to this Gold’n Nut Crunch recipe. It seems weird that a savory snack mix would include a sweet component like Golden Grahams cereal, but here we are. I must confess that I’ve never tried this recipe myself, but I know some old souls across the internet who swear that it’s delicious. I plan to give it a try myself in the near future, and since I’m going to make it, I thought I would share it with you as well. If you’ve tried it before, let me know in the comments what you think. Or if you’ve never tried it but are now planning on it like me, let me know how it goes for you.

Velveeta Salsa Dip Recipe from 1993

Going back in time and revisiting these Retro Recipes has been a real treat for me. I used to get excited when I’d be browsing through one of mom’s magazines and come across a tasty-looking treat using items we generally had on hand. Having the items on hand made my argument that much easier when I would start begging mom to make those tasty-looking treats.

Such was the case with this recipe for Velveeta Salsa dip. I had never had it before, but my eyes instantly stopped on the recipe while flipping through a Kraft insert in one of her books. This one took a little more begging though because although we had Velveeta on hand, my old man wasn’t a cheese eater. And salsa/Picante sauce wasn’t an item we bought either. But mom was a fan of taco dinners and the like, so she was open to trying it. She agreed to make it, but we had to wait until my dad was traveling. But I remember that night, and how I didn’t think anything else could ever top this dip.

That was almost thirty years ago, and I still make this dip today. Hell, I just made it this past weekend to enjoy while watching football. It’s quite easy to make, and the base recipe is great on its own, but I suggest you try one of the variations listed. I personally like to add in cooked hamburger and onions. It’s delightful. If the weather is already cooling off where you are, this may be just the thing you need to warm yourself up.

Hot Buttered Cheerios Recipe from 1985

After all of the sweets that were probably consumed throughout the Halloween season, you may be like me an in the mood for something a little savory. Well, here comes Cheerios to save the day! I tried this Hot Buttered Cheerios recipe last winter and found it to be very, very good. It’s a nice substitute for popcorn, and in my personal opinion pair very well with a Hersey bar.

These are quick and easy, and you should give them a try this fall. Enjoy.

Kool-Aid Halloween Chiller Recipe from 1982

Here is another good-looking recipe for the Halloween season, and any potential Halloween parties you may have planned. It’s a Halloween-themed punch recipe that Kool-Aid put out back in 1982. What a time to be alive it must have been when you could get Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. Now I know that this recipe calls for that Apple Kool-Aid and that it is no longer available. I also know that Green Apple Kool-Aid is sometimes hard to find. I would suggest using either Orange flavored Kool-Aid, or Lemon-Lime flavored Kool-Aid as a substitute in this recipe. I have similar punches with both of these flavors, and they always turn out great. Go with the Orange if you want an orange-colored punch, or go with the Lemon Lime if you’re looking for a green witches brew type of punch.

And since the recipe portion looks like it could be a little hard to read on a small screen, below is a blown-up version of it.

Oreo Pumpkin Patch Pie Recipe from 1993

In an effort to continue bringing old recipes to modern eyes, today I want to present to you Oreo’s Pumpkin Patch Pie from 1993. You know these kinds of recipes. They used to pop up in magazine ads as a way for companies like Nabisco to market more of their products. Create a recipe that calls for your product, pay for that recipe to appear in a magazine, and before you know it, you’ve sold more Oreos. But in all seriousness, I remember my mom making this once back in the day and it was pretty good. Give it a shot this season and see what you think.

The Great Pumpkin Parfait Recipe from 1985

It’s hard to beat the Halloween season for having some of the best goodies and treats. But not all of them need to be purchased. No, you can make some of the very best treats of the season at home. And I’m not talking about modern stuff either. There have been some very tasty recipes from through the years that have somehow been forgotten. But I’m here to remedy that problem by bringing some of those recipes back to the forefront. For the Halloween season, let’s start right here with this Jello recipe for The Great Pumpkin Parfait. The directions are easy enough to follow, and the ingredients are not hard to find at all. Do yourself a favor and make a batch of these for the season. You won’t be disappointed.

My Famous Christmas Punch Recipe

You may not know this, but I’m a pretty damn good cook. Not necessarily in the vein of a Gordon Ramsey or an Emeril Lagasse, but when it comes to good old southern cuisine, you won’t find much better.

A lot of times, the simpler the recipe, the more it’s enjoyed, and that’s pretty much the story with my green Christmas punch. Now I can’t take credit for creating it. Hell, I remember my mama making this punch every year when I was young. But since I make a big deal out of it and put on a full presentation unveiling it each year, the locals around here identify this stuff with me.

Regardless of any presentation or how much I hype it up, this stuff stands on it’s own. Just one taste and you’ll know what all the fuss is about. It’s like green liquid crack. Green liquid crack with creamy sherbet floating in it.

It’s quick and easy to make, and I cannot suggest strongly enough that you make it this year for your Christmas. But if punch isn’t your thing, you can also try my recipe for quick and easy egg nog.

Green Punch

An exceptionally good punch for any occassion.
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas Punch, Green Punch, Grinch Punch, Lime Punch, Punch


  • 2 packs Lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 48 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 ltr Sprite or 7-Up
  • 1 bowl Lime Sherbet
  • 1 cup hot water


  • Add koolaid, sugar, and water to punch bow. Still until disolved
  • Add pineapple juice and soda. Stir.
  • Chill until ready to serve
  • Just before serving, add bowl of lime sherbet to start melting into the punch
  • Over indulge and enjoy


You can make this a party punch by substituting the soda with champagne, rum, vodka, or just about any other clear liquor.

Christmas Vacation Egg Nog

With Christmas just around the corner, you’re probably already looking ahead to Christmas dinners or Christmas parties, and you might not be sure just what you should make for the occasion.

Well, I’ve got your hookup. There’s no need to slave over a hot stove for hours crafting something that might not even turn out right after all that hard work. Instead, let me help you out with something quick, easy, and sure to be a hit with everybody: Cousin Eddie’s Egg Nog!

Now I know that Eddie didn’t make the egg nog being consumed in Christmas Vacation, but it makes for a catchier title. But regardless, this recipe is really simple and has no raw egg in it so you’ll feel perfectly safe drinking and serving it. And it mixes REALLY well if you like to spike your nog. Check out the recipe to see just how easy it is, and give it a shot this year. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

But if egg nog isn’t your bag, then you can check out the recipe for my famous Christmas punch instead!

Christmas Vacation Egg Nog

A quick, easy, and egg free egg nog recipe.
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Egg Nog
Servings: 16
Author: Mickey


  • 1/2 gal. cold milk divided
  • 1 pkg instant french vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp rum extract optional


  • In a large bowl, whisk 3/4 cup milk and pudding mix until smooth.
  • Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum extract (if using).
  • Stir in the remaining milk.
  • Refrigerate until serving.