THE NEW JOYS OF JELL-O recipe book Copyright 1993 General Foods Corporation, 3rd Edition 1975

Submitted by lindaz December 30th, 2010
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You may know this book.. I remember sending $1.00 to Kankakee, IL for my copy.

When I was little, my mother’s girlfriend Sophie always made the mold that looked like Stained Glass with the different color jell-o’s for all of her parties. I loved the way it looked because it was so beautiful on the plate. It was my favorite jell-0 mold…maybe because it was the only one my mother didn’t make. Here it’s called the Crown Jewel Cake.

Notice the politcally correct mix of people. This is center of the book.

The beginning of the kid’s section ofthe book with Peter Maxx-ish art… the MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR OF JELL-O !

13 Responses to “THE NEW JOYS OF JELL-O recipe book Copyright 1993 General Foods Corporation, 3rd Edition 1975”

  1. Allee Willis

    To this day, Jell-O is one of my favorite foods on the planet. Just add a big mound of whipped cream on top of that and that would be my last dying wish meal.

    That green and white combo jello on the cover is fantastic. Is the white stuff whipped cream?

    Jell-O molds of any kind (the food, not the mold) slay me. We used to have one every Thanksgiving. My favorite would be the one in the second photo with all the little orange and green cubes. I collected Jell-O molds for a while so I think I’m going to dig one out and make the Crown Jewel Cake. I love that it’s referred to as a cake.

    The centerfold is beyond brilliant and gorgeous. I love that the African American couple finally got invited.

    That reminiscent-of-Peter-Max illustration in the last photo is fantastic. A great combo of him and totally conservative and sweet at the same time.

    Thank you for your excellent documentation!

  2. lindaz

    I have to find the recipe in the book for the white stuff, but knowing the year this book was written, it’s probably Cool Whip or the Dream Whip Whipped Topping mix.

    My mother was the Jell-O mold queen. She made them at every party she gave. I remember one mold she did with sour cream and I think, black cherry Jell-O, so it came out pink. Always in a rounded mold with a big hole in the center. In those days, everyone had a favorite Jell-O dish. I have to admit, I still make Jell-O. It’s good for a sweet tooth in the summer squirted with Reddi Whip…sort of makes you feel your eating something decadent, but it’s really not.

    I used to collect Jell-O molds and when I got divorced, for some reason, my ex kept the molds. He can’t even boil water, so I don’t know what he needed with Jell-O molds, especially the copper one shaped like a fish (which was good for molding pates and using olives for the eyes). My favorite old molds were individual fluted molds and if I remember correctly, some of the other smooth sided individual molds had the word, Jell-O on the bottom.

  3. lindaz

    Those were the Jell-O molds I was talking about. I guess I mixed up the smooth with the fluted. I remember pyrex individual smooth cup molds also.

    I have to ask my mother about her pink Jell-O. It might have been made with cranberries. I copied her handwritten cookbook years ago with her recipes and menus, but all she has written regarding the Jell-O mold is “look in the book.” I guess she had another Jell-O book.

    I did find another recipe though that is 16 oz sour cream, 2 pkgs raspberry Jell-O, 2 cups boiling water and 2 large cans of blackberries. All the liquids are mixed together and chilled until slightly thickened, then the berries are folded in. Chill and set. Hard to believe, but the recipes are all from the 50’s and 60s in her book.

    The green and white Jell-O on the cover is called “Chiffon Marble.” It’s lime Jell-O and Cool Whip alternately layered into a cup and zigzagged with a spatula to give it the swirly look.

    • Allee Willis

      I’d change it to orange Jell-o and Cool Whip. I have the perfect glasses to serve it in too. Only I’m probably the only one who would eat it!

      I’m not a big blackberry fan. Too many little crunchy seeds.

  4. lindaz

    The Sparkling Mandarin Orange might be good. Oh, now everyone knows I have boxes of Jell-O on my shelf!

    If I did the one with sour cream I’d try frozen raspberries or strawberries, defrosted and use the juice. Not the ones in the bag, but in the square cartons. I think they still sell them. Maybe it’s time for me to write a Jell-O book.

  5. denny

    This was such a fun post and I love the book! I always loved Jello but Mom never got creative with it. She would occasionally throw chopped nuts or apples in it, that was the extent of it.

  6. k2dtw

    We have a wonderful sister-in-law who makes, I think it’s called Ribbon Jello…thin layers of Jello?? It’s beautiful and delicious..
    I loved reading all your Jello/Mold Memories.

  7. lindaz

    I found a recipe in my mother’s book called Rainbow Mold made with 5 different flavors of Jell-O, plus lemon Jell-O, sour cream and pineapple juice and optional crushed pineapple. I think it’s similar to the Crown Jewel cake.