Can you guess what the heck is in these old frozen TV dinners?

Is that a vegetable or dessert?

Here's a generational divide — people who have had to cook a TV dinner in the oven versus people who have only ever used a microwave.

It's just not the same without delicately peeling back the foil around the specific little compartments, as per the instructions on the box. 

Yes, kids, frozen dinners were once wrapped in metal. Do not attempt to microwave that!

Whatever your age, you can try to guess what's in these (relatively) quick meals from the packaging and ads. See if you can identify the mystery foods in these vintage TV dinners!

  1. What's the red stuff in the middle of this of 1966 Swanson frozen dinner?
  2. What's this stuff in a tray from a 1969 Swanson frozen dinner?
  3. What's this brown stuff in the upper left of the same meal?
  4. What's the main course in this same meal?
  5. What's this orange rectangle in a 1967 Swanson dinner?
  6. What's in the upper left of that same meal?
  7. What this stuff in the upper right of a Swanson Polynesian Style frozen dinner?
  8. What are these golden-brown globules in a Swanson Beef Dinner frozen meal?
  9. What is this mess in the top middle of a Swanson German Style frozen dinner?
  10. Finally, what is this purple stuff in the same meal?

Can you guess what the heck is in these old frozen TV dinners?

Your Result...

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JayBurd 2 months ago
10 in of 10.
It's been decades since I had one of these delicious meals.
They were a real treat in the 60s and we only got them when my mom didn't feel like cooking.......and we only got McDonald's burgers when we had a baby sitter..
JohnAustin79 2 months ago
I wound up getting two wrong. This is definitely a head scratcher 🤔 of a quiz, especially if you've never seen TV dinners like these before. I love learning new things and all of the dinners shown in this quiz I have never come across or seen before. I was born in 1979 so the majority of the meals on this quiz I've never come across.

I never even knew that Swanson made international TV dinner meals in the past. I would not like to come across that German Swanson TV dinner, I'll tell you that. That thing looks like it would be rough on your tummy 😄! Fun quiz, MeTV 👍🙂!
francolaguna1 2 months ago
I LOVED these meals as a kid! Crazy because my mom was the best cook 😋
JeffPaul76 2 months ago
"You got 10 out of 10" ---------"How did you do? More importantly- are you more or less hungry now?" Less hungry. Some of the stuff in those dinners I wouldn't eat.
Lacey 2 months ago
9 out of 10.
I ate WAY too many TV Dinners growing up.
gockionni 2 months ago
7/10 - and there was a time when this stuff looked appetizing LOL
TijuanaSlim 2 months ago
I missed Bavarian Cabbage... shoulda looked at the texture... lol
LisaS 2 months ago
I got them all right! Identifying mystery food is a unique skill! We were always excited to have tv dinners when I was growing up. They were a novelty!
Hollie 2 months ago
we only had home cooked meals growing up but every once in awhile mom tupper ware party bingo etc dad made these only time we ever had back then they tasted much better than today
Ashley 2 months ago
8 out of 10.Missed 5 and 9.
Steve67 2 months ago
9/10 Missed #5, I do remember this style T.V. Dinner
GoodMorningMrMilner 2 months ago
8/10 here. Some of the items I had never heard of and we sure ate our fair share on these lovely delicacies, LOL!
CH65 2 months ago
7 out of 10
Brought back memories . . . not all of them good.
BrentwoodJon 2 months ago
10/10 most nights mom made dinner, usually when mom was away dad would make TV dinners
It was a treat back then! plus we got to stay up late when dad fell asleep in the chair.
They used to taste better.
Mblack BrentwoodJon 2 months ago
Technically, onedoesn't make tv dinners. That's the point, they are made at the factory.
Hollie Mblack 2 months ago
do you eat yours frozen back then there were no microwaves peal the film back on the dessert before cooking they would burn if not watched ny how easy they have it now
gockionni BrentwoodJon 2 months ago
When dad cooked, he made his infamous “Jimmy Pie” - carrot peels, some flour, a liquid of sorts, among other not so edible things. It would bubble and explode in the oven. I think this was his excuse for taking us to pizza eventually. Mom didn’t leave dinner to him often. I sure miss my dad!!
LoveMETV22 Mblack 2 months ago
LOL. So technically they should be called "Factory Dinners." Mmm doesn't have that appetizing feel to it.
Q: "Hey guys what do you want for dinner"?
A: "Don't go to any trouble. A couple of "Factory Dinners" will do."
Gayleistoons 2 months ago
Dinners were better then, they were actually edible.
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