Gelatin molds, for some inexplicable reason1, have remained one of the running themes of Papergreat over the years.2
Today, I'm featuring some questionable images from 1962's Knox On-Camera Recipes, a staplebound book that bills itself as "a completely new guide to Gel-Cookery," as if that's something to aspire to. (Knox is still around today — it's a brand of NBTY (formerly Nature's Bounty) — and you can read about its history here.)
So, with Halloween just around the corner, here are some hellish images and suggestions from the world of gelatin molds. As always, I am NOT providing any of these actual recipes. That would just be too dangerous to the general public.
Green Salad Mold
"A new and deliciously different twist for a popular stand-by — green salad is molded for added pleasure."
Molded Avocado and Tuna
"A dreamy two-layered main dish salad with great eye appeal plus a divine combination of flavors."
Deviled Egg Mold
"Eggs take on airs and the result teams up wonderfully well with sliced cold meats or poultry."
Cottage Cheese and Kidney Bean Salad
"Hearty enough for a luncheon main dish, this salad has a tempting combination of flavors everyone will enjoy."
Gelatin molds were just one part of the Halloween Countdown that was held here two Octobers ago. If you're on the lookout for more odd and creepy ephemera3, here's a recap of that series:
- #1: Nightmare toilets
- #2: Scary elves: Mr. Do and Mr. Don't
- #3: Things you shouldn't put in Jell-O
- #4: Harley-Davidson fashion horrors
- #5: Rupture-Easer: "Unexcelled for comfort"
- #6: A sweater only a mother could love
- #7: Fayd Skin Cream, for unsightly blemishes
- #8: Recipe: Extremely unappetizing shrimp dish
- #9: A knitted dress for which there are no words
- #10: A clown
- #11: A mystery photo that might give you nightmares
- #12: Horrors from a 1967 gift guide
- #13: The horrors of me
- #14: Comic book advertisement: "Live Mystery Egg"
- #15: "Hi There, High School!"
2. Here, for those brave enough, are the links to Papergreat's past gelatin coverage:
- Halloween Countdown #3: Things you shouldn't put in Jell-O
- Horrifying ephemeral images that will haunt you this Halloween
- Partial label from Ecco Tomato Juice and the Tomato Twinkle recipe
- 1952 advertisement for Royal gelatin desserts
- A handy Christmas cape that doubles as a tree skirt
- What's worse than using gelatin in your dinner mold recipe?