The title of the recipe given in this 1960 ad is “Fabulous Aspic.” But it was not fabulous. Oh no.
It was new, though.
Really, ketchup mixed with lemon (or lime) juice, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar, jelled in a mold? No, no, ketchup (or catsup), however you spell it, has no business being in close proximity to gelatin.
The shrimp, the hard boiled egg, the olives and the avocado are welcome to stay. But please, Del Monte, please take your Fabulous Aspic far away and leave it there.
And please do not involve the delicious cold boiled shrimp, or any of its friends there on the – block of something that is supposed to be out in the – is it a rain forest? A terrarium? Wherever. They do not deserve to be mixed into the aspic (which is what you suggest at the bottom of the ad).
We’ll just pretend this never happened, OK?