Party Pancakes, 1959 – A Vintage Recipe Test

Posted on Mar 2 2016 - 3:50am by RetroRuth

It’s time for pancakes! And since Alex asked really nicely, this week we are going to have a pancake party.IMG_4515

These are Party Pancakes!

4.5 from 4 reviews
Party Pancakes
  • 1 cup pancake mix (the kind you have to add milk, oil and an egg to)
  • ¾ cup flavored milk (or however much milk your pancake mix calls for)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Mini chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Combine according to instructions on box, substituting the flavored milk for regular milk in the recipe and adding mini chips if desired. Cook as directed.


Or maybe I should have named this “Mid-Century Food Hacks”, because adding flavored milk to pancake mix is a great idea.

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This recipe comes from pancakes “unlimited”, which is a questionable book from Aunt Jemima that also has Mexican Enchiladas and Soup Cakes in it. There are a couple of other real winners in this book, but when Alex asked for pancakes for dinner, I immediately remembered Party Pancakes.

(I really, really need to make Soup Cakes, very soon. )

But for now we are going to mix up a delicious pancake party.


Unfortunately, eggnog is out of season here. Which is a shame, because they probably would be the best flavor. But Tom never gives up, so when I told him to just buy whatever third flavored milk he could find, he did. He came home and very excitedly presented me with Sir Bananas, which as far as I could tell was milk with banana baby food in it. But whatever, its another flavor.

And we were off!


The pancakes in the pan. You can’t see Alex dancing excitedly at my feet while I am cooking them.

And for those of you who love Tom test-tastes, this is your week. We have three!

The banana pancakes:


“These taste like baby food.”

“Huh. I wonder why.”

The strawberry pancakes:


“Wow. Heat enhances the fake strawberry taste.”

The chocolate pancakes:


“These are really good.”

“That’s not a surprise.”

After Tom scarfed down his pancakes, I let Alex attack the plate.

“Pancakes! Yum! Pancakes!”

“Which one are you going to eat?”

“Chocolate! Chocolate is first!”

“That’s my girl.”

“Alex, do you like it?”

“It’s good. It’s a good pancake party!”

The Verdict: Good

From The Tasting Notes –

Unsurprisingly, these were just from-a-mix pancakes that tasted faintly like the flavored milks we mixed them with. Not to say that they were bad, but I don’t want to give anyone “expectations”. The biggest fan of these was Alex. She absolutely adored having flavored pancakes. The hands down winner in terms of flavor was the chocolate. Everyone thought it was the best, though I am planning on picking up some eggnog when it is available again, because I have a feeling those will be good as well.

And, in the name of science, we also added some mini chocolate chips to the last to the chocolate pancake batter. Those ended up being phenomenal, especially with ice cream. And you can raise your expectations for those all the way to the roof.

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9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jimmy March 2, 2016 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Maybe to salvage these, add in various extracts rather than just flavored milks? They just seem like such a good idea, it’s a shame it didn’t end up the way it was advertised!

  2. Angela Stallings March 2, 2016 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I wonder what these would taste like with Starbucks’ Frappacino? Or any coffee- flavored creamy beverage. I want to try the banana because my 12-year-old begs for banana baby food. I love your site!

  3. Jen March 2, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Meijer carries eggnog year round, or at least mine in northern Indiana does. I learned that because my 9 year old son has mild autism. He got hooked on eggnog a few Christmases ago and had a meltdown when I couldn’t find it anymore after January. One day I was in Meijer and just happened to spot it.

  4. SaraLily March 2, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

    How fun!! Why have we never thought of such a simple concept? Now we know and I am surely off to make chocolate milk pancakes ASAP!

  5. Daria March 2, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

    We have a local dairy that makes naturally-flavored blueberry milk and maple milk (also, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and banana). I guess I just don’t like venturing that far from traditional breakfast flavors – now I’m tempted to put maple syrup in my pancakes instead of sugar, next time I make them from scratch.

  6. Kirk March 2, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I think I’ll pass on these – at least until egg nog is back in the stores. Those might be good holiday pancakes. For what it’s worth, I’ve never understood banana baby food. Can’t you just smash up a banana and, voila, baby food?

  7. matty March 2, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I’m dating a vegan and he makes pancakes using various flavored soy/coconut milk, the best of which is the mint-chocolate coconut milk you can only get during the holidays.

  8. Megan March 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Eggnog is amazing with pancakes! I make them for Christmas morning and they are wonderful. I never would have thought that they were midcentury-esque!

  9. Laurinda March 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    You can also use flavored creamers to make pancakes or french toast. Not mid-century, but very flavorful!

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