Thursday, July 21, 2005

Jell-O History and Resources

The first patent for gelatin was issued to Peter Cooper in 1845. Peter was the founder of Cooper Union in New York City. That simple formula evolved into a fruit-flavored gelatin because due to the curiosity and hard work of carpenter and cough medicine manufacturer Pearle Wait of Le Roy. It was Pearle's wife Mary, however, who gave this product its world famous name — Jell-O.

In 1849 a fellow townsman named Orator F. Woodward purchased the Jell-O name and formula for $450 in 1899. Orator’s original company was called Genesee Pure Food Company, which he later changed to the Jell-O Company.

Interesting Jell-O related site: http://www.jellomuseum.com/

Interesting Jell-O fact: The Kraft web site says that nine boxes of Jell-O are sold every second in the United States.

Check out some Jello recipes from the Yahoo Directory.

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