Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Countdown #3:
Things you shouldn't put in Jell-O

The late-night series on the most horrifying ephemera I can find continues today with a terrifying recipe from an undated General Foods staplebound recipe book titled "Joys of Jell-O."

Now, I'll admit that Jell-O has its purposes. It's a fairly safe food when you're sick or just had your tonsils out.

I have no problem eating it, in its plain form, as a standalone snack or dessert.

But let me be quite clear: YOU DO NOT PUT OTHER FOODS INTO THE JELL-O!

Not even fruit cocktail.

And you SURE AS HELL do not put onions, cucumbers, celery, olives and flaked tuna into a mold of lime Jell-O. Yet that's precisely what the recipe for Ring-Around-The-Tuna - which is pictured with today's entry - calls for in "Joys in Jell-O."

Other recipes in the book call for putting dried figs, carrots, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, pepper, radishes, tomato sauce, chicken, beets, shrimp1, crab meat, potatoes and bleu cheese into Jell-O molds.

What was wrong with people?

1. If it were up to me, putting perfectly good shrimp into a Jell-O mold would be a federal offense.


  1. I've really been enjoying the scary ephemera. This one is especially terrifying. And I agree with you about the shrimp!

  2. Don't eat the red jello. It will make you crazy.