Jell-O in its many forms Feed

Show someone you love them. With Jell-O and bananas.

As you may have guessed, I haven't had a lot of luck in procuring vintage Valentine's themed recipes.


The desserts in this ad look like something my mother-in-law might have served her guests. She hated cooking and was a big fan of convenience foods. 

She's still living — she's 93! — but she's now in an assisted living situation where someone else does all the cooking. And she couldn't be more pleased.


This is my mother-in-law, Dorothy Reynolds, on her wedding day in the 1940s. She was, and still is, very beautiful.


Sugar-Frosted Dainties a.k.a. homemade gum drops

This vintage ad has a photo of something called "Sugar-Frosted Dainties." To get the recipe, one would have had to write to Knox for the recipe and I didn't do that because, well, I was born before this ad ran.

However, I recently found a neat little recipe that makes homemade gum drops that look just like the Sugar-Frosted Dainties. 

The recipe is very easy and the results are a delight. I'm making lots and lots of them as Chrsitmas gifts this year.


Homemade Gum Drops

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup apple juice
1 package Jell-o Gelatin, 4 serving size-color of your choice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
extra sugar for rolling

Coat a Loaf pan with cooking spray. You can also use an 8x8 pan, though the gumdrops will be thinner. Place pan in refrigerator until ready to use.

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, let sit for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once you reach a steady boil, continue to boil for 1 full minute. Pour into chilled pan and return to refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Once gelatin is set, run knife around edges to loosen. Using a spatula, remove gumdrop slab to wax paper and cut into desired shapes using a sharp knife. If knife starts to get sticky, run under hot water. Transfer cut gumdrops to a tray lined with fresh wax paper to dry at room temperature for at least 10 hours, preferably overnight. I placed my tray in the cold oven to dry. Roll gumdrops in granulated sugar and store in airtight container.


If you want to go vintage all the way, you can put your homemade gum drops into a milkglass candy dish, like this one.


Ad via my other blog Found in Mom's Basement
Recipe via Chocolate Chocolate and More

Jack-O-Lantern Salad

Trick? Or treat?

Retro halloween salad
Jack-O'-Lantern Salad
retro recipe from 1981 Litton Microwave advertising

2 cups hot water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) orange gelatin mix
2 cups cold water
1 lb. carrots, shredded
curly endive
pitted dates

Pour hot water into medium bowl; cover. Microwave at High 4 to 6 minutes or until boiling.

Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add cold water. Chill 1 to 2 hours, or until soft set.

Stir in shredded carrots. Pour into 9-in. round cake dish. Chill until firm.

To serve, unmold gelatin onto plate covered with curly endive. Us dates to form pumpkin face and celery for stem.


Here's a cartoon my husband Gary John Reynolds created a few years ago. Enjoy.



Recipe via Retro Food

Elegant and easy retro dessert

My mother used ladyfingers in many of her homemade desserts.

Vintage recipe in old ad

Delight Fantastic
old recipe from vintage Kraft advertising

1. Dissolve 1 3-oz. pkg. lime-flavored gelatin and 1 3-oz. pkg. raspberry-flavored gelatin using 1 1/2 cups boiling water for each. Pour each into an 8" square pan. Chill overnight; cut in cubes

2. Dissolve 1 3-oz. pkg of lemon-flavored gelatin using 1 cup boiling water. Cool, while you soften 1 8-oz. pkg. of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Add gelatin mixture gradually blending until smooth. Chill until slightly thickened.

3. Fold in cubed gelatin and 6 cups (1 pkg.) Kraft Mini Marshmallows. Pour into 9" spring form pan lined with 2 3-oz. pkgs. of split ladyfingers. Chill until firm. Serves 10 to 12.


1950s moms knew a playboy when they saw one.



Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test
Image via Mid-Century Modern Freak

Easy-as-Pie Ice Cream Pie

This is so easy, you could throw it together tonight.


Easy-as-Pie Ice Cream Pie
recipe from old Jell-O advertising

1. Blend together lightly in bowl one pint of vanilla ice cream and one cup milk.

2. Add package of Chocolate Instant Pudding. Beat until just mixed.

3. Pour at once into 9-inch pie shell. Let stand in refrigerator abut one hour.

Retro Lush-ious: Daiquiri Pie

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. But my staycation starts tomorrow, which means I'll have time to scan and post some new goodies in the coming week.


Daiquiri Pie
recipe from old Jell-O advertising

1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Lemon Pudding and Pie Filling
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Jell-O Lime Gelatin
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup Bacardi light rum
1 3/4 cups thawed Cool Whip Non-Dairy Whipped Topping
1 baked 9-inch graham cracker crumb crust, cooled

Combine pudding mix, gelatin and sugar in a saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup of the water and the eggs.; blend well. Add remaining water and cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Chill. Thoroughly blend Cool Whip into chilled mixture. Spoon into pie crust and chill until firm, about 2 hours. Garnish with additional Cool Whip and lime slices, if desired.

Via Eudaemonius

1976 Pistachio Inside Outside Cake

Who decided that pistachio flavor should be green? 

Pistachio cake recipe

Pistachio Inside Outside Cake
recipe from 1976 Jell-O ad

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg. Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
3 eggs
1 cup club soda
1 cup oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Blend all ingredients in large mixer bowl, then beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Bake in greased, floured 10" bundt pan at 350˚ for 50 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool on rack. Split into 3 layers. Spread about 1 cup of frosting between layers, spoon rest into center. Chill. Garnish with chopped nuts.

To make frosting: blend 1 1/2 cups cold milk, 1 envelope Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix and 1 pkg. Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding. Whip until thickened; about 5 minutes.

Via Jamie

Retro Pie: Chocolate Lime Swirl

Vintage pie recipe

Chocolate Lime Swirl
1966 recipe

25 to 30 chocolate wafers
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 pkg. (3 oz.) lime-flavoured Jell-O
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water
10 drops green food coloring (I would use only 5 drops)
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup undiluted Carnation evaporated milk

Crush all but 12 chocolate wafers. Mix crumbs with butter and spread on bottom og 9" pan, saving 1/4 cup for topping. Line sides with 12 whole wafers. Dissolve Jell-O and sugar in boiling water. Add food coloring, lemon rind and 2 tbsp. lemon juice. Chill until slightly thickened. Chill Carnation in refrigerator tray until soft ice crystals form around the edges of tray (15 to 20 minutes). Whip until stiff (about 1 minute). Add remaining 2 tbsp. lemon juice; whip very stiff (about 2 minutes longer). Fold in Jell-O mixture. Spoon over cookie crumbs. Swirl remaining crumbs over top. Chill until firm (1 to 2 hours).

Via obsequies

Culinary Madness: Jell-O Corned Beef Loaf

At some point in the 20th century, people thought suspending ground corned beef in lemon Jell-O would be a swell idea.


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Corned Beef Loaf

1 pkg. lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup meat stock or 1 cup water plus 4 bouillon cubes or 4 tsp. beef extract
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
3 cups cooked corned beef, ground
1 tbsp. onion, grated
1 tbsp. prepared mustard

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add meat stock, Worcestershire sauce and paprika. Chill. When slightly thickened, fold in corned beef, onion and mustard. Turn into loaf pan. Chill until firm. Unmold. Serve in slices on crisp lettuce. Garnish with sliced hard-cooked eggs or tomato wedges. Serves 10.

 Via Pinterest

Retro Recipe: Apricot Jell-O Salad

Apricot salad recipe 1978

Apricot Sunrise Salad
1978 recipe

6 to 8 maraschino cherries
1 can (17 oz.) apricot halves, drained
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Jell-O Brand Apricot Flavor Gelatin
3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups crushed ice

Place cherry in each of 6 - 8 individual molds or custard cups; top each with apricot half, cut side down. Combine gelatin and boiling water water in electric blender. Cover; blend at low speed until gelatin dissolves, about 1 minute. Add crushed ice; blend at high speed until ice melts, about 30 seconds. Pour into molds; chill until firm. Unmold; serve with remaining apricot halves and greens, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Via Gatochy