Joys of Jell-O

Joys of Jello

My 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.   Thanks Mom & Dad!

18 thoughts on “Joys of Jell-O

    1. Love your blog! You a have great collection of stuff, especially your jello cook books. Its funny how both original owners of our Joy of Jello cookbooks wrote there name in top right corner.

    1. 1 package (3oz) each Black Raspberry , Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Strawberry Jello.
      5 cups boiling water.
      2 1/2 cups cold water
      1 cup whipped cream

      Dissolve each package of jello separately in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water each. Chill raspberry jello until very thick. Smoothly line sides of a 9 or 10 inch spring-form pan with wax paper, cut to extend 3 inches above pan. Whip black raspberry jello until fluffy (using an electric mixer). Spoon into pan. Chill until set but not firm. Chill, whip, and layer remaining flavors into pan, letting each layer chill until set, but not firm before adding the next layer. Chill until firm or overnight. Loosen around the edges and remove sides of pan and paper. Spread whipped cream over sides and top of cake. Good luck!

  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. 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. 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. 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

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