The Most Popular Potluck Dessert from Every Decade
Not surprisingly, many of these desserts are still found at potlucks today!
The first recipe for this chocolate delight was printed around 1905 and called for melted chocolate rather than cocoa powder. It’s really no surprise this decadent dessert is still a hit more than a hundred years later.
Though brownies first appeared in cookbooks toward the end of the 19th century, they really got popular in the 1920s. Since then, home cooks have tweaked their recipes to create rich and fudgy desserts. Be sure to avoid these mistakes when making your brownies.
Icebox cakes were very trendy in the ’30s, since they made use of many packaged ingredients. Refrigerators were also becoming common in homes, making this an easy go-to potluck dessert.
Jell-O salads were a hit in the ’40s and became a prime potluck choice. Later on in the ’60s, gelatin companies took advantage of their popularity and created all kinds of new flavors, including vegetables! They’re still a great option for holiday gatherings.
Whether it consists solely of store-bought ingredients or is made completely from scratch, banana pudding is (and perhaps always will be) a potluck staple. It really started to become a hit in the ’50s after Nabisco began to print the recipe on their Nilla Wafers box.
Named after the hit Broadway musical that debuted in the ’60s, Hello Dolly bars (also known as seven-layer bars) have a little something for everyone.
Americans embraced this dessert of English origins and made it their own, using boxed cake mix and instant pudding as ingredients. Here’s everything you need to know about trifles.
This thin, rich cake may have originated in Texas, but the rest of America loves to bake it, too! Sheet cakes like this one could always be found at potlucks in the ’90s.
For a few years in the 2010s, you couldn’t walk down a city street without encountering a cupcake shop, and these handheld treats continue to be a favorite for potlucks. Check out these deliciously creative filled cupcakes!