Jello? Really?

Written by Jourdan Struck, sales associate with the Indiana Store

Food. Many things come to mind when I think of food. Mostly good, some not so good and others just down right strange. I have noticed since beginning this project that the food that we eat has changed. Or maybe it’s that in today’s world we have more options? Whatever the reason, people today seem to have branched out with their palate. I read somewhere that it wasn’t until the 1970s that American cuisine was significantly influenced by other cultures. If this is the case, that would explain why things have changed drastically since the 1950s.

As I perused the previous L.S. Ayres Tea Room cookbook something struck me; people liked Jello and Jello molds a lot. Maybe this is so striking to me because my childhood did not consist of eating much jello or using jello molds. All I remember is being entertained by Bill Cosby and his Jello commercials. I do realize that my childhood may have been abnormal due to the lack of Jello. I am quite sure that there is a logical explanation for the prevalence of Jello in the 1950s. Would someone please explain this to me?

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2 Responses

  1. Oh my, you were deprived! We had Jell-O every Sunday at Grandma’s. She made every imaginable kind of Jell-O salad and dessert. “There’s always room for Jell-O!”

  2. To me having Jell-O around is normal, I make it today for my son. However, what weirds me out is what those generations before me put in the Jell-O. I had one family member one year bring lime Jell-O with shredded cheese inside.

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