Rethinking Jell-O


Maybe Jell-O isn’t just for kids after all.  Denise Kellum sent the following recipe which she claims will change my mind about the jiggly gelatenous stuff.


“I know you said on your post that you didn’t like Jell-O but maybe if you tried this recipe you might change your mind,” she wrote.  “It is great for either the diabetic way or the regular way.  The trick is to use one of those copper molds to gel in. (Plastic doesn’t work)!

Well, wonder I’ve never been able to get my jell-O unmolded.  She says this is easy and a great dessert for the holidays or anytime.

Just in case you didn’t know –

This giggly dessert was invented in 1897 when May Wait, a housewife from LeRoy, New York purchased the rights of an existing powdered gelatin and added sugar to the mix. In 1899, Jell-O® was sold to Orator Woodward who successfully marketed Jell-O to the American public. When Jell-O celebrated its 100th anniversary in May of 1997, Jay Leno of THE TONIGHT SHOW commented "If it wasn’t for Jell-O…hundreds of female wrestlers would be out of work."

Today, Jell-O (now owned by Kraft Foods) is known as "America’s Most Famous Dessert." Oh yeah, don’t forget the company’s trademark slogan: "There’s Always Room for Jell-O."

The collagen in gelatin usually comes from the skin and bones of pigs and cattle after they are butchered for meat.  You may have heard that gelatin is made from the hooves of horses or cows, but this is not true.  The protein that makes up hooves is called "keratin" (the same protein that makes up your fingernails).  Although keratin and collagen are both important to maintain the body’s normal structure, you can not make gelatin from keratin. 

Over the years, Jell-O has been the focus of numerous TV commercials. An early Jell-O commercial produced by Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency in 1957 was entitled "Prancing Boy." It featured an animated drawing of a little boy (drawn by Maurice Sendak) dancing about a field of flowers, riding a pony made out of a Jell-O box; scribbling the words lemon and banana on a wall with a crayon; and singing "Banana, manana, oh I love banana…"

Denise Kellum’s Favorite JellO Recipe

1 16-ounce pack sugar-free cherry Jello

1 24-ounce jar natural applesauce

10 ox diet sprite or diet 7-up (a 12-ounce can less 1/4 cup)

Pam Spray

Lite Cool Whip

Spray a copper JellO mold with Pam.  Mix JellO and Applesauce.  Heat until bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Add 7-up. Mix well and pour into mold.  When congealed, flip over onto plate the put Cool Whip in center.  If you’re not watching your sugar intake you can use regular Jello and applesauce.

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