42 thoughts on “1920 Jell-O Advertisement

  1. I can’t imagine chocolate Jello; I’ve never come across it, or at least haven’t seen it in the stores. Jello chocolate pudding? Sure. But not the Jello. I see there are recipes online for it even today, so it must be a thing!

    1. Wow, It’s amazing that there are recipes online that call for chocolate Jell-o. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen it in a store, and had assumed that the company quit making the chocolate variety many, many years ago.

  2. I’ve thought of Jell-O as many things, but never as a money saver. This is from the days when a dessert was a required course at every meal. Our family these days only eats dessert on special occasions, and then it’s never Jell-O!

    1. I had no idea there was a time when dessert was expected at every meal. That’s fascinating. Do you know when this happened and/or why it changed?

      I grew up in a family that only had dessert for birthdays and holidays and occasional bowls of ice cream in the summer.

  3. I also have questions about chocolate jell-o. I googled chocolate and the FDA says it is a vegetable. I feel so much better now. I believe I have mentioned before that there is a Jello-O museum in Le Roy, NY. I was near there and didn’t have time to stop, but it is on my list.

    1. hmm. . . Maybe floating things in Jell-O provides an opportunity for creativity. I’ve definitely seen some hundred-year-old gelatin recipes that were VERY creative and called for things like hard-boiled eggs and asparagus.

  4. Fun to see the photo and the old fashioned (poorly edited) verbal content, but oh how boring Jello could be. By the way, I enjoy all your entries. Too wrapped up now in finishing two books. This period of sequestration because of COVID-19 has been good for me — time to work at approaching the finish line. But I want you to know I appreciate your blog.

  5. Chocolate Jell-O. While it doesn’t sound appetizing, I could be wrong. I’d try it should they bring it back. And I’d do so knowing I’d keep to my budget!

  6. I must have at least 4 packages of Jell-o in my pantry! I grew up with Jell-o as a standard dessert. But I’m not so old that I remember the option of chocolate. When I was a poor college student there were times that a box of Jell-o and some mulberries picked from a tree along the way provided a meal! (Back then you could get a box for 15 cents!) Jell-o was a life saver!

    1. When I was a child I remember that we often had Jell-O at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday gatherings. I think that it was considered a salad at those meals.

  7. Hailing from the Uk..we didn’t have Jello we did have a pudding every day though, high tea on a Sunday and that was after a Sunday lunch and a cooked breakfast…How things have changed a pudding ..yep I still call it a pudding unless I am feeling posh and then its a dessert…giggle…is a treat now and definitely not every day…Loved the advert…

    1. Calling it “pudding” turns it into a comfort food – which must be a least a little bit healthy. I’m glad you like the advertisement.

      1. Oh it was certainly that, Sheryl… Apple Pies, Rhubarb crumble, sponge pudding with golden syrup the list is endless…now I am hungry for a pudding…sigh ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Good old jello,still a favorite around this household. I make finger jello with extra added unflavored gelatin to cut down on the sugar,doing so really doesnโ€™t make it a cheap dessert . It sure is wonderful to the grandchildren on a hot day. It also is easy on a upset stomach when cut into small cubes

  9. Jello was (for me) such an atomic-age dessert. I loved the colors that were never seen in *real* food ๐Ÿ™‚ but I pretty much disliked itโ€”texture, tasteโ€”like I was eating polyester pudding. Which didn’t stop me from collecting “Joys of Jello” cook book pamphlets!

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