6 Throwback Dessert Recipes Full of Sweet Flavors

Baking has certainly evolved from when our grandparents were feeding us sweets, as those desserts were often more heavy handed on the condensed milk, Crisco, graham cracker crumbs, and sour cream. But most of the time, their food tasted just as good as ours now, and it’s time we pay tribute to them and remember some of our favorite desserts that they mastered. If you’re feeling nostalgic, try your hand at these six old-fashioned dessert recipes we’ve rounded up from around the Internet. Feed them to your grandparents, feed them to your kids — everyone will enjoy the sugar and butter that play a starring role in many of these recipes. You’ll be reminded that you’re never too old or too young to enjoy dessert.

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1. No-Bake Rocky Road Bars

First up is Eat Live Run’s No-Bake Rocky Road Bars: Say hello to evaporated milk and graham cracker crumbs. Everyone has tried Rocky Road ice cream, but have you tried Rocky Road bars? If your answer is no, you have to try your hand at this recipe that only requires six ingredients. Pull out your supplies and get ready to taste the memory of the sugary sweet treats your grandma baked for you in her kitchen. Nothing tastes as good as nostalgia.


  • 4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk

Directions: Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, nuts, and powered sugar in a large bowl. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add the evaporated milk to the chocolate and stir until smooth and incorporated. Pour chocolate over graham cracker-marshmallow mixture and toss until well combined.

Press mixture into a well-greased 9-inch pan and pat down (easiest to do with wet hands!). Place in fridge until firm (about 1 hour). Dust with powdered sugar and slice into squares.