How Do You Make Jell-O Frosting?


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Dissolve your favorite flavor of Jell-O in 1/2 cup of boiling water, and then add 3/4 cups of ice water. Using a wire whisk, whisk 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip. Chill for an hour, and then add in another 1/2 of Cool Whip. Spread on cake, cupcakes or cookies.

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Jell-O is a popular gelatin dessert made by the Kraft Company. Gelatin is a protein derived from collagen collected by boiling animal bones and connective tissue. While gelatin has been used in food as early as the 1400s, the Jell-O brand wasn't founded until 1897 by Pearle Bixby Wait in LeRoy, New York. Wait and his wife added flavoring to a mix of gelatin and sugar. They offered strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon. In 1899, the Waits sold the Jell-O name to Orator Woodward.

Using Jell-O in recipes first became popular in 1904 when Woodward distributed cookbooks to homes throughout the United States. Through the years and as popularity grew, so did the variety of flavors and products. In 1927, the Jell-O brand became part of General Foods, which was later merged into Kraft Foods.

Although Jell-O is produced in Mason City, Iowa, LeRoy, New York is still known as the home of Jell-O, with a small museum dedicated to the popular dessert. A complete list of products and many more recipes using Jell-O can be found on the Jell-O website.

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