By Chef Diane
Jell-O is the brand name for gelatin desserts. It originated in the Victorian period, where it was made in complicated gelatin molds, it was a difficult process, and so only the well to do were able to afford it. In 1845 the patent was sold to Mr. Peter Cooper, who invented the powdered gelatin. 40 years later, the patent was sold to Mr. Wait, and he gave it the name Jell-O. Not being able to make a go of the business, he sold the patent for $450.00.
It was then advertised in the Ladies’ Home Journal and proclaimed to be America's Most Famous Dessert. Business began to improve, and started being advertised by Jack Benny in 1934, and was seen on I love Lucy show and other outlets. In 1974 Bill Cosby became the spokesman, and once again in 2010. Today there are around 300 million boxes made each year.
Jell-O is one of the main foods of choice being served in hospitals for patients recovering from surgery, it is also an inexpensive food for school children, and is sometimes mixed with fruit. I make a congealed salad that my grandmother used to make, and have included the recipe below.
This is National Jell-O Week. The Joy of Jell-O site has some other fun activities you can do with Jell-O, they can be found below.
Ways to Celebrate Jell-O Week
Have a Jell-O Eating Contest
Drink Jell-O through a Straw
Have a Jell-O Making Contest
Have a Jell-O Wrestling Competition
Make Jell-O Shots
Buy a Jell-O Mold at a Near-by Thrift Shop
Make Jell-O With Your New Jell-O Mold
Buy a Jell-O Recipe Book
Try Out a New Recipe
Try a New Flavor- or Better Yet- Create Your Own Flavor. Mix Kinds and Give a Nifty Prize to the Person that Can Guess the Flavors.
Write a Letter to a Utah Congressman/Woman Telling About Your Jell-O Joys.
Take Jell-O to a Neighbor.
Take Jell-O to Work
Congeal Your Co-Workers Stapler or Other Item in Jell-O. See Jell-Ostapler.com for details.
Congeal Your Husband’s Car Keys in Jell-O
If You Have had it with Your Teenager Texting, Congeal His/Her Cell Phone in Jell-O
Play a Jell-O Joy Joke
Have a Jell-O Buffet
Fill Your Bathtub with Jell-O
Make Jell-O Jigglers
Try to Make a Delicate Arch Out of Jell-O
Make a Jell-O Valentine
Granny’s Orange Salad:
Dissolve 1 package of orange Jell-O in 1 cup Hot water. Cool. Add 7 cups of miniature marshmallows, 1 small can crushed pineapples 1 cup cottage cheese and 1 small container of cool whip. Pour in casserole dish and place in the refrigerator until set.