Saturday, May 30, 2009

pretzel jello

Here's a perfect warm summer evening jello recipe.
Pretzel jello! Sweet n' salty crust, cheese cakey filling, and strawberry jelloish top.
Recipe and photo from Satisfying My Sweet Tooth see here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

destroy the blob!

How to "finish off"* jello without eating it.

*or subsitiute one of the following to fit your own personal taste:
• eliminate
• wipe out
• annihilate
• exterminate
• mow down
• polish off
• liquidate

See this and other foods get "blown away" on fotofrog's flickr photostream.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

the search for molds

bird and bunny . . . vintage copper molds by THL Vintage – $7.00

1950s miniature plastic jello molds by pacha mama vintage – $5.00

YUM YUM... VINTAGE - COPPER FISH JELLO MOLD from Retro Heaven's Shop – $9.50


Vintage Set of 4 Copper Tone Jello Molds Animal Shapes by Kimaroo's – $4.99

Get organized...vintage Jello molds for studio storage by The Merry Magpie – $5.75

Vintage Copper Tower Mold from Sweet Rice – $10.00

Here's a wonderful selection of Jell-O molds from Etsy vintage. Some of these are a very good price, and some of these are priced higher than they're worth. But all are great for making Jello. (And some of these you could use for Bundt cakes too.) The colorful plastic ones are for individual salads, and the little ones are perfect for puddings. This really makes me want to add to my collection.

Monday, May 25, 2009

the adventures of Jell-O Man!

That's right kids!
Just leave it to Jell-O Man and his loyal side-kick Wobbly to come save the day!
I found this little bit of geekery on Curly-Wurly's blog, and the comic book came from The World's Worst Comic Book Museum.
See more adventures with Jell-O Man here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

strawberry apple mold

I enjoyed my last applesauce mold so much, I decided to make another. Only this time I used strawberry Jell-O instead of lime. But I'm so ashamed of myself... I made the number one stupidest Jell-O making mistake. I didn't heat up the water enough to dissolve the Jell-O. I was using applesauce instead of water, and I had that boiling (I thought hard enough) but it was difficult to tell with the applesauce if it was dissolving or not. And this morning when I went to pop it out of the mold it was still runny. Oh, the shame! I know better than that! Oh well, according to my Jell-O cookbook, if it doesn't set, you can dump it all back into a pan. Bring everything to a boil. Boil it for about two minutes. Let it sit and cool off a little bit. Pour it back into the mold, and everything will be fine. I figured, I didn't have anything to loss, so I tried it. And it was alright after all. So much for being a pro-Jell-O chef.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Conceptual Terrorists Encase
Sears Tower In Jell-O

Oh, how I love the Onion....

CHICAGO—In what is being called the first conceptual terrorist attack on American soil, the landmark Sears Tower was encased in 18 million tons of strawberry gelatin early Monday morning, leaving thousands shocked, angry, and seriously confused.

Authorities called to the scene of the senseless attack said they could do little to control the large crowds of dangerously bewildered citizens, many of whom searched desperately for some semblance of meaning in what had just taken place. As of press time, 11 night security guards were still trapped inside the famous structure, their rescue unlikely until the Jell-O melts.

Continue the story here at the

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

crane and carp

These are two particularly exquisite crane and carp jello molds made by adamrice on flikr.
Wonderful work! I wish I could find some jello molds like these.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

jello mold competition

Why must it be so far away!!! If only if it were in Portland, or Seattle even, or located somewhere that I could drive all night and get to with a portable refrigerator! Oh, the tears! If there is anyone who lives closer you must enter this contest!

And here's the "Why" listed from The Gowanus Studio Space:


“Food is the most universal language of design”*

At the most basic level, designers reconfigure objects to bring out their aesthetic, utilitarian, and/or meaningful qualities. These objects, more often than not, are for necessary, everyday use and nothing is more necessary than food, nothing more everyday than Jell-O.

Yes, Jell-O. What was once a dessert of jiggling, artful decadence has now been rendered flat or at most, a wiggling cube on a Styrofoam tray at the end of a buffet line to be picked up by some nostalgic lunch patron. This isn’t good enough for an American icon!

In these somber times of restraint, of reigning in and reallocating, we need a resurgence of steady wobble that won’t let us down. In short, it’s time for a comeback of the Jell-O proportions of old: soaring heights, strange colors, object suspension! Jell-O is the perfect medium for design reinvention given its versatility, economy, and availability. To this end, the Gowanus Studio Space is asking designers to take Jell-O out of the cafeteria and break the mold, as it were, on Jell-O molds.

Enter to compete here


Revel in the wonder of Jell-O and get inspired by the iconic jiggle

Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 6-10pm
Register by June 12, 2009 to compete

The judging and awards ceremony will be held at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn.

I salute you Jello Competition people!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

all natural gelatin salad

No jello in this one.
PC Cuisine concocted this gelatin recipe to pass on to her granddaughter and the next generation. It's full of natural flavors, but doesn't contain any artificial colorings or flavorings or sugar. Find the complete recipe here.
(Photo by PC Cuisine.)

Friday, May 15, 2009

retro jello commercial time

Jello instant pudding song! I've got to get this on on karaokee.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

applesauce jello

Here's a recipe my mom used to make for applesauce jello, and it's just as good as I remember it.
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 cup 7up
1 3oz box of jello
(any flavor will work, I like green.)

Bring applesauce to a gentle boil. Dissolve in jello. Add 1 cup 7 up. Chill.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

jump for jelly!

There's nothing more exciting that orange jelly made from Sure-Jell!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

LeGummies: lego jello

These are simply amazing!
But at the same time I wonder how wise it is to start giving your kids Legos to eat. I can see this taking a bad turn...
Anyhow, you can read the complete instructions here on Instructables.
And if you're too lazy to make your own Lego mold. You can always order one here from Lego.

(Top photo from Instructables.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

coffee jello

I found this awesome coffee jello recipe from Katy's blog: Food for a Hungry Soul. And it happily combines two really good foods: jello and coffee. See recipe here.
(Photo by Katy at Food for a Hungry Soul.)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

vegetable trio

Yes, I really did make a jello salad with vegetables. I figured there were so many recipes for it in the 50's there must be something to it. And I thought it was time to try something new.

Well, I have to say, it's much better than it looks. The vinegar adds a lemony-salad-dressing-vinaigrette type of taste to it. And it tastes more like a chilled vegetable salad then jello. It was really different. After getting up the courage to take a bite, I ended up eating almost a third of it. I was pretty impressed, I think I'll be making more veggie-jello molds in the future.

Here's the recipe I used from my Joys of Jello cookbook. And for a change I almost followed the recipe exactly. The only alterations I made were, I used cucumbers instead of cabbage and I only made a half a recipe, just in case I hated it.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

fun filled jello facts

Here are a few fun filled Jello facts straight from Jello:

The first JELL-O® flavors were: strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon.

During the early quarter of the 20th century, immigrants entering Ellis Island in New York City were served JELL-O® gelatin as a “Welcome to America”.

Discontinued JELL-O® flavors include: Chocolate, Cola, Apple, Blackberry, Pineapple-Grapefruit, Strawberry Punch, Blackberry, and JELL-O® Gelatin for Salads (Celery, Italian, Mixed Vegetable and Seasoned Tomato).

Shannon Lucid, an astronaut on a 140-day mission to the Russian Mir space station, revealed that she kept track of time by allowing herself to wear pink socks and eat JELL-O® gelatin on Sundays.

In January 2001, the Utah Senate declared JELL-O® gelatin the “Official State Snack” of Utah, in an effort to recognize the popularity of the wiggly treat in the state.

Today, there are more than 158 products sold under the JELL-O® brand name. With about 300 million boxes of JELL-O® gelatin sold in the United States each year, it’s no wonder that JELL-O® gelatin is “America’s Most Famous Dessert.”


Friday, May 1, 2009

retro jello commercial time

No, there really isn't anything quite like jello.

when spam meets jello

You've tried Swedish Meatballs. You've had Swedish Fish. Maybe you've even tried lutefisk.
But do you dare try the Swedish Salad Mold? ...Do you think IKEA would add it to their menu?
According to Facebook, my actual nationality is Swedish, therefore I should think this salad looks like a tasty treat. But even though, I enjoy a great many unfortunate food combinations, I don't think I'd eat this, even if Bill Cosby came personally and offered it to me.

Isn't it amazing how jello can be made into so many different food groups. Jello can be a fruit, a vegetable, dairy, and yes... even a main dish with meat. And this is what you get when you mix the all American flavor of Spam with gelatin.

I found this recipe in American Home Magazine from 1952 in a special section "Take a can of Luncheon Meat." Which I'm including in whole, because it's just so great.