Top 10 Untold Truths of Jell-O

Top 10 Untold Truths of Jell-O

August 18, 2019 70 By William Morgan


J-E-L-L-O! Jello is one of those things that
seems like it has been around forever. And
since it was invented in 1897, to many of
us it has been around forever. There is a
ton of history associated with the delicious
dessert. So let’s open up wide and get jiggly
with 10 truthful facts about Jello!
There were 4 original Jello flavors
You would be surprised at how many flavors
are actually in existence today when it comes
to Jello. Keep in mind, many flavors have
been discontinued or pulled over the years.
Not every flavor was a roaring success. When
releasing a new product, usually things are
kept very simple, especially when talking
about food. Keep it simple right? At least
when first starting out. Jello’s original
flavors included: strawberry, raspberry, orange
and lemon. These four go-to’s are some people’s
favorite still to this day and we do not foresee
them going anywhere, anytime soon. The originals
are here to stay forever. Like the saying
goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The
classic Jello we all know and love is basically
made from sugar and powdered gelatin. Some
Jello flavors around today include grape,
piña colada, mango, cherry, fruit punch and
many, many more. It seems like every flavor
or flavor combo has hit shelves at some point
since the original 4 were released. You can
also mix and match the flavors of each box
and create something totally original and
new. There is so much variety to choose from,
especially today. Other fun flavors include
apricot, island pineapple, peach and watermelon.
Everyone has their own favorite flavor but
the most popular ones seem to be lime and
strawberry.
Jello and Advertising
When it comes to selling anything, advertising
is one of the most important factors when
it comes to growing your sales and guaranteeing
your business remains open. Over the years
advertising has evolved greatly and this can
been seen in the way Jello has been marketed.
Jello started advertising on popular television
and radio shows in order to get their brand
name out to everyone listening or watching.
Before Lucille Ball’s popular television
show show “I love Lucy”, she had a radio
program called “My Favorite Husband”. Her
character would start the radio program with
the catch phrase: “Jello Everybody!” Other
Jello gags and tag lines included: “It’s Alive!”
and “J-E-L-L-OOOOOOO”. Famous celebrities
have also endorsed the product over the years,
including Bill Cosby as spokesman for Jello
pudding pops (looking back, Jello would probably
reconsider that choice) and Lucille Ball’s
co-star from I Love Lucy, Viviane Vance. Recently,
Jello has created and released an animated
series for YouTube and Amazon Prime Video
called “Jello Wobz”. It’s amazing that a food
product can evolve from four simple flavors
to an actual animated series!
Jello was part of The Wizard of Oz
Now, everyone at some point has probably seen
one of the most famous movies of all time:
The Wizard of Oz! Even to this day, this
classic movie with such grandiose sets and
colorful visuals, can not be forgotten. The
splendor of seeing the massive Oz castle in
Emerald City, the sparkly ruby colored shoes
and yes, the color changing horse! Believe
it or not, Jello had a lot to do with this
famous scene! Titled “Horse of a Different
Color”, this scene depicts the color of
the horse always changing. The original idea
during filming was to just paint the horse,
but naturally this caused animal rights’ groups
to object very quickly! The challenge became
to find a way to change the color of the horse
safely and abide by ASPCA regulations while
also allowing the vivid colors to show up
as intended on film. After many attempts using
food coloring, and even liquid candy, nothing
seemed to be working. A paste made of Jello
powder came to the rescue and gave the crew
the exact coloring effect they were looking
for. The only problem was that the horse actually
kept licking it off, so they had to continuously
do re-touches!
Jello is associated with cough syrup
Jello has always had an association with cough
syrup throughout the years. Why you ask? Well
this is because Pearle Bixby Wait, the inventor
of Jello, was a cough syrup manufacturer.
He and his wife May were the ones who trademarked
the original four flavors. By adding the flavoring
to the granulated sugar and gelatin, they
basically created the Jello we all know and
love today. They later sold the product in
1899. Believe it or not cough syrup continues
to be associated with Jello because it is
actually used as a home remedy for a cough
or cold! The not-so-secret recipe (and cure
for what ails you) varies but one recipe includes
mixing 2 cups of hot water with a Jello powder
packet and then adding honey. This home made
drink is said to soothe your throat and decrease
your cough immensely. Let’s make a toast to
home remedies that are delicious and much
cheaper than any over-the-counter cough syrup!
Immigrants had the first taste of Jello
Jello originated in New York at a time when
the city was a hub for newcomers flocking
to the States in search of the American dream.
Jello saw this as an opportunity to grow its
brand and make its product known to a whole
new demographic of people! This could be one
of the reasons Jello is known as “America’s
Most Famous Dessert”! The immigrants who were
coming through Ellis Island were offered Jello
as a snack. It wasn’t only just a snack,
it was a warm welcome with an American gift!
Immigrants would forever associate the Jello
snack with a positive and warm feeling about
this American company. It was a win – win
all around. This gifting occurred around the
beginning of the 20th century when there were
many immigrants coming into America. This
was an opportunity to win over new customers
and allow Jello to brand the company as helpful
and welcoming to new comers.
Jello is hugely popular
It is amazing how successful and popular Jello
has become over the years. Sometimes keeping
things simple is the key to long lasting success.
People know what they are going to get, they
know what it will taste like and they do not
have to break their head trying to figure
out how to make it. The best thing about Jello
is that is can be used for a multitude of
things. Some different options include: fruit
platters, Jello shots, parfaits and so much
more! It comes in very vibrant, bright colors
which makes it really stand out at parties.
It is sweet — oh so sweet! — and it jiggles,
which adds a bit of fun to the dessert in
terms of presentation and taste. Whether it
be the right marketing, the famous endorsements
or the welcoming gifts, Jello shows no sign
of slowing down and will continue to be one
of America’s Favorite Desserts. Jello was
especially popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s
because it suited the lifestyle of the times
perfectly. Refrigerators were quite expensive
before then and not every family could afford
one. Gelatin requires refrigeration therefore
if someone served up a Jello dish or mold,
it symbolized wealth and status because it
required a refrigerator to make. Jello molds
were very, very popular during this time and
were featured in almost every cookbook of
the era. What was great about creating a Jello
mold was that it was an easy way to use up
leftover or canned fruit and still create
something that had a nice presentation. Another
thing that people really loved about using
Jello molds was that it didn’t result in
a huge mess! They were price friendly and
efficient. Despite being relatively inexpensive,
they provided a very elegant look. They might
not be as popular today, but they definitely
were hugely popular in the past.
A bad deal was made when Jello was sold
Little did anyone know, that in 1899 Jello
was about to take over the world! It began
as a simple creation by Pearle Bixby Wait
and his wife May from New York. The married
couple were barely making ends meet with their
cough syrup company and laxative business.
They were tired of being in a financial rut
and decided to try something new. They decided
to experiment with food and see what they
could come up with. May was a real whizz in
the kitchen and after searching high and low,
the couple was able to obtain the patent
for powdered gelatin. The only problem was
gelatin did not really have an amazing taste.
They needed to tweak it, so they began by
adding sugar, sugar and more sugar into the
powder. Eventually it was edible and once
the flavoring was added, it actually tasted
delicious. They then sold the product to Orator
Frank Woodward who owned a food company at
the time. The company was called Genesee Food
company and it was quite successful. Purchasing
Jello was just another smart business move
on Woodward’s part. In 1899 he bought the
formula for Jello for $450, or about $12,000
in today’s money. Little did anyone know
that this $450 purchase would lead to billions
of dollars in sales. It wasn’t easy but
eventually with help from good advertising,
Jello sales skyrocketed and the product came
to be known as “America’s Favorite Dessert”.
Some of the biggest businesses started out
slow and ended becoming a huge success, and
Jello is one of them!
Gelatin is kind of gross
Sometimes you don’t really want to think
about the origins of your food, especially
when it comes to something so delicious. There
is a rule of thumb, the better the taste,
the less you want to know about how it was
made. Think about some of the best meat dishes
out there and why they taste so good. Sometimes
the food can be stuffed with artificial products
to enhance flavor or in the case of hot dogs,
it’s the process itself that you may not
want to know all the details about. This is
also true when it comes to gelatin. Not everyone
wants to know the gory details behind the
process of creating it. Although unflavored
gelatin is tasteless, colorless and odorless,
it goes through a process which you would
think would leave a more pungent result. The
boiling of cartilage and bones from animals
is what makes gelatin what it is. When key
players in the meat industry have used all
of the parts of the animal that will go to
consumers, the remaining surplus is then sold
and used in other food product manufacturing.
This would be the horns, cartilage and bones.
It is good to know that literally every part
of an animal is being used when it comes to
using them for food, but it can still easily
turn your stomach if you are not used to the
idea of these animal parts becoming your dessert.
I guess it helps when the final product is
so tasty. Disguised in bright colors with
sweet flavors may be the perfect distraction
for people to forget exactly where Jello comes
from.
Gelatin is amazing for your body
Today it seems like people are willing to
do anything that will enhance their health
or beauty, no matter how gross or how much
the cost. The more natural something is, the
more benefits for the human body. This makes
perfect sense now that we know where gelatin
comes from. Gelatin has a multitude of benefits
for the human body when it come to the face,
joints and brain. There are huge amounts of
protein and amino acids in gelatin that, when
ingested, provide an array of health benefits.
Gelatin has been known to reduce joint and
bone pain. If that wasn’t good enough, it’s
also been known to improve brain function
and reduce the signs of aging especially when
it comes to skin. The protein found in gelatin
is even beneficial to growth and strength
of fingernails and hair. Beef gelatin specifically
has been known to help with weight loss and
has been proven to help with digestion. It’s
funny to think that while some people squirm
at the thought of gelatin and Jello, the possible
benefits from this fun food can not be denied.
The bottom line is that gelatin is all natural
and despite it not being something that everyone
eats all the time, it can improve your health.
Pop open that pack of Jello and let the tasty
and healthy treat continue to be America’s
Favorite Dessert!
You can make so many recipes with Jello
It’s amazing to think that the most simple
ingredients can be turned into so many different
things. Jello has the ability to be a dessert,
a party favor and even a main dish. We must
be truthful though, as much as everybody loves
Jello, some concoctions look absolutely dreadful.
If you’ve seen some of the Jello fails the
internet has to offer up, then it’s definitely
too late to un-see them. The most confusing
one that may come to mind is the Jello salad.
It just does not really make sense and the
textures of it all just do not seem to go
together. Jello has also been used in eating
challenges or dares when mixed with other
ingredients that can just make your stomach
turn. Now for some good news, some recipes
involving Jello will make your mouth water,
including pumpkin pudding cake and a cherry
cinnamon dessert ring. The most famous recipe
of all though has to be Jello shots! Yes,
you may have come into contact with this delicious
and devilishly alcoholic treat that is served
at many college parties. It is a great way
to loosen up a crowd without the harsh taste
of alcohol. The recipe is pretty easy to make:
boil a cup of water, empty jello powder into
a large mixing bowl and add the boiling water.
You then continue stirring for two minutes
or until the jello is completely dissolved.
Add in 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of
vodka. Stir until mixed and pour into 2oz.
cups filled a little more than half way. Lastly
set it in the fridge to do it’s thing until
your party is ready to get started!
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