Some retailers of Jell-O brand products include Target and KMart. Some online retailers feature various Jell-O products, including Amazon.com and Ez-Squeeze.com. The Jell-O name is commonly used in the United States to describe just about all products made with gelatin.
Jell-O is a household name and commonly used in numerous recipes, including desserts and salads. Jell-O is commonly available in a powdered form, and it comes in a variety of artificial fruit flavors, including lemon, blackberry, lime, cherry and strawberry. The powder contains the gelatin and the flavors. To make Jell-O, dissolve the powder in boiling hot water, add cold water and chill to set. You must put Jell-O in the refrigerator for it to set uniformly. Numerous toppings, additives and molds are available to use during the creation process to create intricate and customized desserts out of Jell-O.
The gelatin used in Jell-O products is actually made from the collagen in animal bones. Gelatin, which was first extracted in France by boiling animal bones, has been used to create desserts as far back as the 1400s. The first recorded reference to gelatin was by Denis Papin, a French man who recorded his research experiment on the material produced from animal bones.