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by Darrell Vail

"Jello-O Everybody!"

This is something fun I ran across while doing some research, and thought I'd share it. I remember my grandmother making all sorts of Jell-O recipes!

During Lucille Ball's radio show, "My Favorite Husband," the sponsor, Jell-O, frequently provided listeners with new and different Jell-O recipes -- with Lucy performing the commercials.

In the October 7, 1950, episode entitled "Liz Takes Up Sculpting," listeners were told, "You can be a sculptor right in your own kitchen. You can turn out works of art with Jell-O. You'll find a whole page of new gay exciting Jell-O recipes in leading magazines for October."

Lucy was a ballerina in this commercial -- and performed the "Jell-O Jiggle" (honest!). The suggested recipe was your favorite and mine: Jell-O Mincemeat! "It's a grand and glorious combination of shimmering red cherry Jell-O, spicy rich mincemeat and crunchy nuts."

So in case you've misplaced your copy, here -- from the pages of the October, 1950 issue of "Good Housekeeping" magazine -- is the recipe for Jell-O Mincemeat. Enjoy!

Jell-O Mincemeat Mold


  • 2 packages Cherry Jell-O
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup broken nut meats
  • 2 cups moist mincemeat
    (or one 9-ounce package condensed)*

New dessert for autumn... spicy mincemeat molded in Cherry Jell-O! Notice the heightened flavor of Cherry Jell-O these days. A new Jell-O formula captures the full flavor of fresh-picked cherries as never before.

Dissolve Cherry Jell-O in hot water. Pour 3/4 cup mixture into 1 1/2 quart mold. Chill until firm. Chill remaining Jell-O until slightly thickened. Fold in nut meats and mincemeat. Turn into mold over firm Jell-O. Chill until firm. Unmold. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and mint leaves. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

*If using condensed, prepare as directed on package. Cool.

Coconut-Peach Ciffon Pie


  • 1 cup drained diced canned cling peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package Orange Jell-O
  • 1 3/4 cups hot water and peach juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sherry extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Baker's Coconut, cut fine
  • 1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Light as an angel's wing and what a heavenly flavor! This rich, beautiful pie combines peaches and cream and coconut with tangy, full-flavored Orange Jell-O...

Sprinkle peaches with lemon juice. Dissolve Jell-O in hot water and peach juice. Chill until slightly thickened. Place in bowl of ice and water and whip with rotary egg beater until fluffy and thick like whipped cream. Add 2/3 cup of cream and stir mixture until thickened again. Add sherry extract, 3/4 cup of the coconut, and peaches; continue stirring in ice bath until again thickened. Turn into pie shell. Chill.

Before serving, whip remaining cream and pile lightly around edge of pie. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Garnish with mint leaves and additional peaches. Beautiful... such exciting eating!

Jell-O Twinkle Cup

Even the simplest Jell-O dessert is a joy. Bright and shimmering with such good fruit flavor! Here's a charmer for all the family. Jell-O flavored gelatin is good and wholesome for even the youngest!

Prepare Jell-O (any flavor) as directed on the package. Turn into shallow pan and chill until firm. Then break into small flakes with a fork or force through potato ricer or large-meshed strainer. Pile lightly in serving dishes. Pour light cream over flakes. Garnish with banana slices and cut maraschino cherries. Makes 4 servings.

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