Saturday, November 27, 2021

How Did Jell-O Salad Happen?

We make fun of the Jell-O salad fad of the 20th century because 1. we think of Jell-O as a sweet treat or dessert, and 2. we can't imagine people actually liking something that's so processed and artificial. But cooks who jumped on Jell-O when it was first produced didn't see it that way. It was an affordable way to recreate the earlier, labor intensive aspic dishes that most people had never experienced. And it was natural, up to a point. Aspic, and their vegan alternatives pectin and agar, are natural products even if they weren't used much before Jell-O came along. But then things started to get weird. I'm glad we are mostly over that now. (via Mental Floss)

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