Today is National Eat Your Jello Day. Who comes up with this stuff I don’t know but what I can tell you is the jiggly stuff doesn’t really excite me like it used to. Maybe it’s its intense sugary sweetness, maybe it’s the way it jiggles back at you. Maybe it’s the fact the gelatine comes from boiling the bones and hides of animals processed for their meat (usually cows and pigs, um ew!) What I do know is the only time I eat it now is when I visit my Grandpa at his care home.
Growing up was a different story. I have fond memories making jello with my Mom and sisters during the hot days of summer. The best part was boiling up the water and watching the steam come off when you poured it into the powdery mix. Oh the magic! In high school it got even better. The cafeteria folks served up jello with a dollop of whip cream on top. Talk about refined!
Jello has been around since 1845 and remains the most popular selling dessert in North America. Clearly it isn’t just kids eating the stuff. Myself, the only time I touch it now is if it’s in a shot.
- Vanessa xox