15 Boomer Foods Gen Z Finds Questionable


Forget avocado toast and açai bowls, Gen Z. We’re taking a trip down memory lane to a time when food trends were a little… weirder. Boomers may reminisce about these dishes with a nostalgic glint in their eye, but for you digital natives, they might raise more questions than forks. Let’s take a look at 15 foods from the past that might leave you scratching your head.

Liver and Onions


We begin our list with this iron-rich protein bomb that was a champion on dinner plates back in the day. Imagine a time before protein shakes and kale salads; boomers relied on good ol’ fashioned liver and onions to get their daily dose of essential nutrients. While the strong, musky flavor might be a turn-off for some Gen Z taste buds, older people often reminisce about the comfort of a perfectly cooked liver, its richness balanced by the sweetness of caramelized onions.

Fluffernutter Sandwich


Fluffernutter sandwich combines creamy peanut butter with a spreadable marshmallow fluff sandwiched between two white bread slices. The result? A sticky, gooey explosion of sweetness that was pure joy for boomer kids. While the sugar rush might be a bit much for health-conscious Gen Z. Here’s a fun fact: the Fluffernutter even has its own National Day, celebrated on October 8th!

Mystery Meat Hot Dog


Hot dogs were a staple at summer gatherings, fueling backyard games and carefree afternoons. Sure, they might not have won any Michelin stars, but for oldies, they represent the joy of simple pleasures and the thrill of not always knowing exactly what you’re eating.

Green Bean Casserole


A creamy concoction of green beans, canned mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions was a holiday side dish that sparked as many debates as there were family members around the table. However, the soup’s sweetness and the onions’ contrasting crunch might seem odd to Gen Z, but boomers swear by it!

Chef Boyardee Ravioli (from a can!)

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Chef Boyardee ravioli cans were a lifesaver for busy weeknights, offering a quick and easy meal solution. While Gen Z foodies might scoff at the canned concept, there’s no denying the convenience factor and the place Chef Boyardee Ravioli holds in many boomers’ hearts (and stomachs).

Jell-O Salad


Jell-O wasn’t just for jiggly desserts in the boomer era. Salads of questionable origin, we’re talking fruit cocktails, marshmallows, and whipped cream suspended in a wobbly red Jell-O base, were surprisingly common. The novelty factor might have been the charm, but Gen Z prefers their salads slightly less jiggly.

Tuna Noodle Casserole


This casserole combines canned tuna, egg noodles, and mushroom soup with a crunchy topping, often made with breadcrumbs or crushed potato chips. For our senior citizens, tuna noodle casserole represents a warm, comforting hug on a cold winter night. However, the reliance on processed ingredients like cream of mushroom soup might not appeal to health-conscious eaters.

Spam Musubi


This handheld “sushi” features a slice of salty, processed Spam perched precariously atop a bed of white rice, the whole thing lovingly wrapped in a seaweed straitjacket (nori). Unluckily, Gen Z might look at this beige monstrosity with the same horror they reserve for finding mold growing in the back of the fridge.


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These golden sponge cakes filled with creamy vanilla filling were a lunchtime staple for many oldies. The combination of soft cake and sweet filling might seem a bit generic to Gen Z, who have a wider array of sweet snacks at their disposal.

Fruit Roll-Ups

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Remember those sticky, brightly colored rectangles promising a burst of fruity flavor in your lunchbox? Fruit Roll-Ups were a staple for many boomers’ childhoods, offering a convenient and (supposedly) healthy snack option. But, the artificial flavors, questionable ingredients, and the battle royale required to unroll them wouldn’t exactly win over the younger generation.

Bologna Sandwiches


Bologna was readily available, affordable, and relatively shelf-stable. Slap it on some bread, add a slice of cheese and some lettuce for good measure, and voila! Lunch is served. Even though the older people would devour this meal in no time, the younger people won’t hesitate to push the plate away due to the processed meat.

Chef Boyardee Beefaroni

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Another canned wonder, Beefaroni is essentially macaroni noodles in a meaty tomato sauce. The texture and slightly artificial flavor might not hold a candle to homemade pasta dishes for Gen Z. Still, it was a quick and easy meal for the oldies.

Fish Sticks

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Fish sticks were a popular kid’s meal. While the ease of preparation might have been a win for busy parents, the mystery of “what kind of fish is this?” coupled with the potentially fishy flavor can turn Gen Z off.

Circus Peanuts


Bright orange and vaguely peanut-shaped, Circus Peanuts are candies coated in nostalgia for boomers. The chewy, waxy treats were movie theater staples, offering a sugary distraction but lacking real peanut flavor. While the novelty and vibrant color made them a childhood favorite, the artificial taste and texture might leave Gen Z baffled.

Grapefruit (for Breakfast)


We end our list with this tart citrus fruit, a typical breakfast choice for boomers, often enjoyed with a sprinkle of sugar. On the other hand, Gen Z wouldn’t enjoy its taste and is accustomed to sweeter options they consider better for breakfast.


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