Monday, July 2, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Jiggle, Jiggle

Photograph by Stan Williams

Did I need it? No. Will I use it? Maybe. Could I resist it for $1.75 at a garage sale? No way! There's hardly a person I know who doesn't have memories of Jello, especially if you grew up in the Midwest like I did. 

This Tupperware Jell N Serve container reminded me of the molds my mom used to make as a kid. I distinctly remember one that was a bright green and held orange slices, diced celery and carrot slivers concealed inside, as well as one made with peach Jello, made even more peachy with a can of peaches added to it. 

I've never been a huge fan of the Jello. In fact, it always makes me think of what one eats when sick. Once, when I threw a retro food party in New York, I made a cherry Jello mold packed full of fruit cocktail, with full expectation that it would go mostly untouched by my party goers. Oh how I was wrong! To my surprise, they ate every last jiggly drop! 

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I remember my mom had this mold in the 60s/70s. It came with a variety of designs that could be popped in/out. A blast from the past!

  2. I made a cherry Jello mold packed full of fruit cocktail, Eid gifts to Pakistan.

  3. I've been reading your blog for hours and I adore it! I missed out on the Jello mold craze but I remember pulling out my mom's old cookbook and there was an entire chapter on Jello molds and aspic. The ones with hard boiled egg slices still give me the shivers!!!




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