We ventured into LeRoy, NY to spend some time at the Jell-O Gallery, a most interesting museum of everything Jell-O. Jell-O was invented in 1897 in LeRoy, New York by Pearl Bixby Wait, cough syrup manufacture. The flavors Strawberry, Orange, Lemon and Raspberry were added by he and his wife May. Wait failed to successfully market the product due to lack of capital and experience. He sold the formula for $450 to Frank Woodward also from LeRoy.
In 1925 the Jell-O company was sold to the Postum Cereal Company, Inc which eventually became General Foods Corporation. In 1934 General Foods as a pioneer in radio advertising signed Jack Benny and the world then knew of "J-E-L-L-O". In 1964 Jell-O left LeRoy, New York, today it is manufactured by Kraft/General Foods in Dover, Delaware.
On the porch at the entrance
You can vote for your favorite flavor of Jell-O here. Results from their visitors through 4/30/216 were:
Cherry 107, Strawberry 75, Lime 65, Lemon 63, Raspberry 46. Not what I thought the favorite would be..... However, over all the most popular flavor of Jell-O is Strawberry.
Did you know: "A Bowl of Jell-O Gelatin and the Human Brain Have the Same Frequency of Brain Waves?" Jell-O was tested with an EEG machine. The photo on the right is Jell-O shaped in a mold like the human brain.
A few of the early advertisements.
Who eats the most Jell-O gelatin? According to a survey in 2010 the top ten areas that consume the most Jell-O gelatin (per capita):
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Des Moines, Iowa
3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4. Omaha, Nebraska
5. Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas
6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9. Cleveland, Ohio
10. St. Louis, Missouri
Additional Jell-O history, fun facts and recipes can be found at this website http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html
Jell-O is a registered trademark of KF Holdings
There is a new exhibit on the lower level of the building called "On the Road" with vehicles displayed from an ox car to a 1908 Cadillac. Here are a few of my photos:
Two Seat Pleasure Wagon Circa 1835 (not my idea of pleasure)
Germantown Carriage Circa 1860
Spring Victoria 1894
Piano Box Buggy Circa 1900
Model S Cadillac 1908
A day at Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada next post.