It's easy to rag on previous generations' fashion sense or dance moves. (Nice foxtrot, dummy!) But silly food fads don't often get the same amount of ridicule. They definitely deserve it, though, which is why we put together a guide to some of the most absurd, weird, and/or laughable culinary trends of the past century. Our fancy cupcake fixation might be embarrassing, but it's not nearly as mortifying as the phallic-shaped "salads" that were going around during Prohibition.
1910s: Milk toast
Remember when warm milk was still a thing? You're not 80, so of course you don't, but it was still very much alive in the '10s. One of its most prominent appearances was on "milk toast," a piece of toast drenched in warm milk and sprinkled with salt. More modern iterations look pretty tasty, but the early versions were so bland, cartoonist H.T. Webster was spurred to name his mild-mannered comic strip character Caspar Milquetoast. (And yes, that's how we got that word.)