Joys of Jell-O

Joys of JelloMy parents found this vintage gem of a recipe book for 50 cents at a library sale in Virginia. The Joys of Jell-O, circa 1960-something, proves that people in the 60s had some funny ideas about food (as well as a kitschy aesthetic for food photography).  The book contains the usual, some silly (re: Birthday Surprise), candy-colored Jell-O recipes but also a large number of savory Jell-O salad recipes. While I am curious to try some of these recipes I have to admit that the idea of a gelatin mold containing mayonnaise and shrimp makes my stomach turn. Thank you Mom & Dad!



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22 Responses

      1. Camilla

        I’ve had this recipe book for a very very long time and finally going to make this rainbow cake. It doesn’t state how to get the bottom of the spring form pan off to put it on a pretty cake plate. Any idea’s? It won’t look too pretty after cutting it with the ugly spring form pan bottom sitting there…..And, I don’t see how it would be possible to invert 5 layers of springy fluffy jello….

  1. My friend just moved his parents out of their house, which they had lived in for the last 60 years. One of the treasures his mom gave to us is a jello cookbook with an especially fun design element for jello “pairings.” We both think you should have it. If you will email me a mailing address, I’ll send it your way. (came across your blog via The Splendid Table)

  2. maria

    Hello Victoria,
    I would love to know if there is a miniature mold that Jell-O might have so I can make Candy Jelly Rings. The ones you buy by the pound & come in fruit flavors.

    Orginially from Bayridge, Brooklyn, NY now in Ft. Myers, FLorida

    Thank you,
    Maria “BklynTomato68”

  3. rose

    i”ve been looking for that jello book for years! it’s exactly the same book i remember as a child!! how can i purchase one to have

  4. Donna

    Can you tell me if this book has Frozen Strawberry Salad? It’s layered with lemon jello, pineapple, cream cheese and heavy whipped cream? The bottom layer is strawberry jello and frozen strawberries. My mom made it in the 70’s and I would like to get a copy if you will share. Donna

  5. Camilla

    I made an attempt at the Rainbow cake…many factors decide on how it comes out….the size of container you beat the jello in, the temperature of the container you beat the jello in and the thickness of the jello. I would love to see someone make one that actually looks like that beautiful picture Jello put in their book. I don’t know how to put my pictures on here, if I figure it out, they will follow…. Mine wasn’t bad for the first try!

  6. I can strongly recommend the Divinity Pastels and the Cranberry Squares from this cookbook. The former are divinities with no fear of them not setting; the latter tastes like a great cheesecake.

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