Jell-O was trademarked in New York in 1897, but it’s a classic dessert we all know and love! The best part of it is that it comes in a variety of flavors and can be combined with many ingredients for a simple, delicious treat. Thanks to some very crafty chefs, we can also from Jell-O into fun shapes. So get ready to celebrate July 12 by eating Jell-O just the way you like it!
National Eat Your Jello Day timeline
Though the nutritional value of gelatin had been recognized since the 1800s, Jell-O wasn't trademarked until 1897.
Though Jell-O had come up with a few flavors in the 1900s, the still-popular lime Jell-O was invented in 1930.
An American musician named Tom Lehrer invented the idea of adding vodka or rum into Jell-O.
Utah State Representative Leonard M. Blackham wrote legislation recognizing Jell-O as an official state snack.
Jell-O and other gelatin snacks were eaten by a whopping 164.17 million.
National Eat Your Jello Day Activities
Make your own Jell-O
Thankfully you can find Jell-O packets in almost any grocery store. Follow the instructions on the container and you're good to go! If you're feeling adventurous, you can find gelatin in some stores and try making it from scratch!
Eat Jell-O, of course!
If you don't feel like making your own Jell-O for this special day you'll most likely find it as a desert in some restaurants, or you can find it ready-made in most stores. You may also have some leftover Jell-O from a party or gathering, so you can finish whatever you have.
Get crafty with Jell-O powder
You can use Jell-O for other things besides eating. It's possible to make a Jell-O-powered fuel cell battery, homemade Play-Doh, and even lipgloss. With the right tutorial, the possibilities are endless!
Why We Love National Eat Your Jello Day
There's something for everyone.
Jell-O can be made in almost any flavor, color, and shape. Plus, you can add fruits, nuts, and even alcohol (as long as you're of legal age). You can always make Jell-O in a way that makes everyone happy.
Gelatin is good for you!
Gelatin is the ingredient that gives Jell-O its texture. Since it comes from animals, it's usually high in proteins. It also contains collagen, which is great for your skin, hair, and bones. Plus, it's low in calories.
Jell-O is fun!
It's rare to be able to eat something in your favorite color or that has such a cool texture. You can have fun while making Jell-O by using fun containers and choosing a color and flavor you like.
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