Thursday, April 16, 2009

What's Shaking With Jello

Peter Cooper, the same fellow who built the first steam locomotive, was issued the patent for powdered gelatin in 1845. It wasn't until 1897 that a carpenter and his wife mixed fruit flavors with the powder and Jello was born. Two years later they sold the business to their neighbor, Orator Woodward, for $450. Mr. Woodward realized limited success until 1904, when he sent hundreds of salesmen far afield, armed with free cookbooks. Jello soon became a staple in most households and today Jello is synonymous with gelatin as Kleenex is with facial tissue.

Along the way to currently selling 300 million packages a year, some flavors were introduced that have fallen by the wayside, such as chocolate, celery, Italian and tomato.

Thanks to the Library of Congress for the circa 1905 advertisement.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

Tomato or celery jello. *shudders*