Fun Facts About Jell O America's Most Famous Dessert

Introduction:Children adore wiggly, giggly Jell-O®. Grown-ups love taking their latest Jell-O® creation to pot-luck gatherings. So most everyone is familiar with it, but you may not know all the following fun facts about "America's Most Famous Dessert".

  • 01

    Who Named Jell-O®?

    Although Peter Cooper got a patent for gelatin dessert in 1845, he failed to pursue production. Upon getting into the packaged food business, Pearl B. Wait worked on adding fruit flavoring to gelatin. In 1897, his wife, May, named the product Jell-O®. One must speculate to determine how May arrived at the name, as only she knows. Some think that May considered the sugary dessert must "jell" before eating.

  • 02

    What Were the First Flavors?

    Originally there were four flavors of Jell-O®: strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon. Wait's packaging business failed for lack of funding and he sold it to Orator Woodward in 1899. After a slow start, Woodward built up the business to value over a quarter-million dollars. Now owned by Kraft Foods, Inc, there are over 158 Jell-O® products and sales number about 300 million boxes annually.

  • 03

    Where Is Jell-O® the State Snack?

    Utah recognizes Jell-O® as their state snack. The Utah Senate made Jell-O® the official state snack following a petition signed by 14,000 residents. Even more astonishing, the official flavor is green!

  • 04

    What Is Jell-O® Made From?

    And the Gelatin Manufacturers Institute of America says - drum roll please - pork skin, cattle bones and cattle hide. After washing, the raw gelatin materials are soaked in lime or acid and re-washed and boiled to segregate the gelatin. After filtering and chilling, the gelatin is cut into ribbons and dried, then ground up into a tasteless, colorless and odorless product. Can you say "yuk!"?

  • 05

    What Is Nutritional Value?

    In one syllable, the answer is NO. It is not a protein, per se, due to lack of tryptophan (necessary amino acid to make complete protein). Like all sugary snacks, it does provide about 80-calories per serving of empty energy. (There are about 12 sugarless flavors available.)




Final Thoughts

Did you enjoy learning these fun facts about JellO® "America's Most Famous Dessert"? Will you still enjoy your sugary snack now that you know what it's made from? How about one final important fact? Jell-O® doesn't combine with fresh pineapple because the bromelain enzyme in pineapple prevents gelling.




Comments

  • hummingbirdee 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Wow, I knew there was a good reason why I did not like jello. I like the pudding, though. You don't think they mess with that do you? Interesting facts!

  • penelope7 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Oh, and a high 5!

  • penelope7 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    I don't know, I just always liked it. At holidays we made jello molds with cream cheese and fruit and coconut. To hear how it really is developed - I figured lol. Thanks for a great list.

  • Traqqer 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Interesting...who would have thought there were so many details related to Jello....the state snack in Utah? huh!?

  • ListingToTheLeft 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great list! I still like Jell-O even though it contains some weird stuff. I don't eat it often but it's a tasty snack on a hot day!

  • goodselfme 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    I really enjoyed reading about Jell-O until I got to the ingredients.That made me think very differently about my Jell-O. I only eat it when I am sick for the flavor and fluid, however I will be sticking to tea from now on. Good list and educational. Thank you

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