The Great Gatsby is a classic. A timeless story depicting American life in the prosperous Long Island of the 1920's. Now, a new movie inspiring an entire new generation.
What are the two big factors of The Great Gatsby Era? One could easily argue: Food and Fashion. Exotic and extravagant tastes ready to indulge after World War I. The era of prohibition and everything that brought with it. Lavish taste, bootlegging, Flappers, style galore. An era of great impact, indeed.
The theme of food and fashion presents itself repeatedly in The Great Gatsby as an object of abundant wealth..more-so of temptation and waste. Here is my Great Gatsby Fashion and Food Inspiration:
Oranges and Lemons: The Symbol of Extravagant Taste & Waste“Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruitier in New York—every Monday these same oranges and lemons left his back door…”(Fitzgerald 39).
The 20's brought an abundance of new food for us to add to the menu! A few of my favorite dishes came about during the roaring twenties, including caesar salad and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups! What is your favorite from this 1920's food timeline? Comment below!
1920- La Choy Food Products, Eskimo Pies, Good Humor ice cream, Baby Ruth & Oh Henry! candy bars,
1921- Wonder Bread, Betty Crocker (General Mills baking mixes), Land O'Lakes (brand butter), Sanka (freeze dried decaffeinated coffee), Chuckles (fruit jelly candies), White Castle (fast food chain), Lindy's (NYC restaurant famous for cheesecake), Sardis (NYC restaurant of the stars), Quaker Oats quick oats
1922- Clapp's Vegetable Soup (first commercially prepared U.S. baby food), Girl Scout Cookies, Pep (breakfast cereal), Gummi Bears, Mounds, Charleston Chew, Clark Bars (candy bars)
1923- Pet Milk (canned product), Macoun apples, Welch's grape jelly, Popsicles, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Mounds (candy bar), Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink, Sanka Coffee
1924- Caesar Salad, Wheaties (breakfast cereal), Bit-O-Honey (candy bars), fruit-flavored Life Savers, Beech-Nut Coffee, Stouffer's restaurants (NYC), Birdseye brand frozen foods
1925- Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Mr. Goodbar (candy bar)
1926- Good Humor (ice cream novelties), Safeway & IGA (supermarket chains), Hormel Flavor-Sealed Ham (canned), Liederkranz cheese, Milk Duds (candy)
1927- Lender's (bagels), Gerber's (baby food), Pez (breath mint/candies), Mike & Ike (coated fruit-gel candies), Pez (candy with personal disenser, Kool-Aid (powdered drink mix), homogenized milk, Marriott's Hot Shoppes (chain restaurant)
1928- Rice Krispies (breakfast cereal), Progresso (brand foods), Nehi (orange beverage), Velveeta cheese, Peter Pan Peanut butter, Drum Sticks (ice cream cones), Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers & Heath bars (candybars), Barricini Candy (NYC)
1929- Gerber canned baby food, Columbo Yogurt, Oscar Meyer wieners, Karmelkorn, Snickers (candy bar) Twizzlers (licorice) , 7-Up