Monday, August 10, 2015
The Not-So-Fantastic Four: Gelatin Molds Edition
But anyway, I never did the rebranding thing. Maybe I should have. Instead I sometimes call this blog "Kitsch and Retro" - which is the name of my Tumblr and Instagram and Twitter. Please follow me there for different, less wordy (and even more picture-y) fun stuff - and let me know where you are there, so I can follow you, too.
Oh, but gelatin molds! Yeah, anyway, one of the first things I loved in vintage cookbooks was the terrible, amazing, and very creative midcentury gelatin mold recipes - usually complete with horrifying pictures - that were popular in the 1950s and 60s.
Today I've picked out 4 of my favorite awful vintage gelatin creations to share. Just a random selection. There are a lot of them around, after all. There are also some really good ones I've found, but those of course are for another post. Images are from my Pinterest board, Jell-O Central.
1. The Aquarium 
When I was in first grade we had a class turtle and it went home with some lucky kid (and their lucky parents who were the ones taking care of it) each weekend. The weekend it was my turn I was very excited. My mom was not that excited. Especially after it escaped onto our olive green, turtle colored wall to wall carpeting. We did find the little guy (after a massive turtle hunt) and he was fine. Last aquarium we ever had, though.
2. The Meal-In-A-Can
Everyone supposedly loved things in cans in the 1950s. And the more I learn about prewar homemaking, I get it. It was damn hard work just doing the laundry and keeping food cold and cleaning things, never mind all the cooking you did from scratch. I cook quite a bit from scratch and after a few days I appreciate things in cans, too. But this is just not right. This ad does, however, contain one of my favorite tag lines of all time: "It's exciting! It's delicious! It's easy! IT'S FROM CANS!"
5. The Hedgehog Family
Shouldn't hedgehog molds have, I don't know, slivered almond spikes or something? Or maybe it would be best just to not make them. They are disturbing, unlike real hedgehogs, which are super cute.
5. The Movie Mold