Orange Delight Dessert, 1968

I picked up a vintage cookbook the other day at the local antique store, as well as an unopened roll of 60's vinyl kitchen contact paper. Of the gelatin recipes this one was the most orange. A perfect visual companion to the vinyl. Orange Delight Dessert From Hello Neighbor: 1968 Cookbook by KOA Radio 85. … Continue reading Orange Delight Dessert, 1968

Early Jell-O recipes, 1905

Gelatin has been around for centuries, but not in the powder form we use today. Making gelatin was a lengthy and labor-intensive process that didn't appeal much to the average housewife. Not many home cooks wanted to boil bones, hooves and tendons for hours on end. Unflavored pre-granulated gelatine came about in 1894 when Charles … Continue reading Early Jell-O recipes, 1905

Hallowe’en Salad, a Retro Gelatin Treat

A Dollop of History

To celebrate Halloween, I thought I’d do something a bit more modern. This recipe is most likely from the 1930’s or 1940’s, though the image source (chronicallyvintage.com) suggests the possibility of it being even later. There are a few clues that indicate 1940’s or earlier: the font, ingredients, and the spelling of the word Hallowe’en.

halloweensaladFun fact: Spelling Halloween with the apostrophe is actually grammatically correct and was how children learned how to spell it in school. It is a shortened version of Hallows Eve. Over time, a grammatical error actually became the norm and now it is rare (and a little strange) to see it spelled with an apostrophe.

Before we get started with this molded monstrosity, let’s briefly talk history.

Gelatin and the Rise of Convenience Foods

Gelatin and jellied foods have existed for centuries, long before Jell-O patented its instant formula in 1897. Because of its convenience…

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Welcome to Molded Memories!

This site is a companion to my history blog, A Dollop of History. Why dedicate an entire blog to congealed food, you ask?Well, I inherited an enormous collection of mid-century Jell-O "salad" recipes. Some of the molded salads are clearly desserts and others are...not. First impressions range from Could-be-Good to Simply-Horrifying. Morbid curiosity and a … Continue reading Welcome to Molded Memories!