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If you’ve mastered origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, maybe you’re ready to try your hand at Jellogami. The Jell-O enthusiasts at My Jello Americans invented a craft that swaps paper cuts for food coloring stains. Jellogami doesn’t involve any folding or paper since the origami art is fake – but really tasty.

How it works: The "paper" is actually granulated gelatin, water and food coloring painted over gelatin veining sheets. The origami is constructed without folding, and "glue" (warmed gelatin and water) is used to create the masterpieces. So Jellogami requires fewer steps than its traditional Japanese counterpart, but those of us lacking surgeon-like dexterity will probably still face some crafting hardships.


But what does it taste like? You can flavor the Jellogami to your liking. The artists at My Jello Americans added rose syrup to the food coloring, and also recommend trying candy extracts. Pickle juice, bacon, thyme and bubble gum are some other alternatives, but mixing them all together certainly isn’t advised. If you want to see how it’s done, check out this video

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How Jell-O Got Its Mould

Jell-O was made popular by complex “jelly moulds” way back in the Victorian era when gelatin was sold in sheets. The time- consuming process of purifying the gelatin sheets and transforming them into masterpieces meant gelatin desserts typically were reserved for the wealthy.

The Jell-O patent changed hands several times during the late 1800s, and the powdered product struggled to gain attention. Despite the product’s low profile, Genesee Pure Food Company positioned it as “America’s Most Famous Dessert” in a Ladies’ Home Journal advertisement. Jell-O remained a minor success until 1904 when Genesee Pure Food Company flooded homes with free Jell-O cookbooks. From there, new flavors were born, and Jell-O was on its way to becoming a staple dessert.

Jell-O Packages

There are currently 23 flavors of Jell-O in production and 28 flavors of Jell-O brand pudding. Some of the notable Jell-O and pudding flavors include apricot, black cherry, pumpkin spice, tapioca and pistachio. More than 30 flavors have been mercifully discontinued over the years, among them celery, cola, Italian salad, maple syrup, seasoned tomato and root beer. Yum?

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More Than Dessert

Jell-O is a tasty, simple snack – that’s no secret. But Jell-O can do more than just look pretty in a bowl. Here are some unusual uses for the gelatin product:

Watch seedlings grow roots. This is a great science experiment for kids. Sow seeds in Jell-O and observe how the roots grow. Prior to planting the seeds in Jell-O, sprout them. Cut a three-inch strip of paper towel, dampen, and lay it on top of a strip of plastic wrap. Place the seeds on top of the paper towel at intervals recommended on the seed packet, and cover them with another strip of damp paper towel. Roll the paper and plastic together, place in a plastic storage bag, and store in a warm place. When the roots begin to sprout, plant the seeds in a clear cup or glass filled, of course, with Jell-O.

Jell-O rainbow prism

Style your hair. Feeling colorful? A teaspoon of Jell-O dissolved in a cup of warm water makes an inexpensive (and fruity) setting lotion. Two words of caution: 1) it’s incredibly sticky and 2) your hair will be a magnet for cats.

Make Wine Jell-O. At least it’s classier than Jell-O shots, right? The Joy of Cooking suggests boiling one cup water and mixing it with gelatin powder in a bowl until dissolved. Add one cup red wine. Stir well and refrigerate four hours, or until mixture gels.


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