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September 5, 2012

It’s A Mid-Century Menu Gelatin Round-up – ALL of the Winners In Our Recent Gelatin Contest

By RetroRuth

It was an epic contest over on The Mid-Century Menu. It spanned about 4 months and had 10 winners. I really can’t blame you if you couldn’t keep track of all the gelatin-goodness (There was a ton of it!), so I decided to do a re-cap so we can relive the fun, the horror and the gelatin.

Best Recipe – Fourth Place:

Applesauce 7-Up Salad

Applesauce Gelatin

From Tom’s tasting notes:

Tangy and good. Fun with a interesting texture.

Best Recipe – Third Place:

Colorful Cookies

Colorful Cookies

From Tom’s tasting notes:

Shortbread texture. Very sweet, but not in a bad way. Glaze was good. Strong fruit flavor.

Best Recipe – Second Place:

Lemon Jell-O Cake

Lemon Cake

From Tom’s tasting notes:

Super lemon-y. Dense, but also light. Moist. Not too shabby.

Best Recipe – First Place:

Raspberry Rhubarb Salad


From Tom’s tasting notes:

Delish! It tastes like pie!

Worst Recipe – Fourth Place:

Tomato Ham Salad

Tomato Ham

From Tom’s testing notes:

Not good. The flavors just did not combine correctly. The cream cheese and tomato layers were too strong and totally overpowered the ham layer.

Worst Recipe – Third Place:

Pineapple Olive Salad


From Tom’s tasting notes:

Lemon. Olive. Pineapple. And it tastes like it.

Worst Recipe – Second Place:

Chicken Mousse, aka Chicken Ice Cream

Chicken Ice cream

Tom’s tasting notes:

Chicken-tastic. Disgusting texture, almost like frozen foam.

Worst Recipe – Grand Prize Winner!

Molded Sea-Food Salad

Molded Sea-Food

From Tom’s tasting notes:

Awful. Very rancid fish flavor with a strange texture. Lots of vinegar. Needed crackers to even get it down. Should not be a gelatin.

Tom’s Pick:

Herb-Glazed Sandwiches

Herb Glazed Sandwiches

From Tom’s tasting notes:

It works. The gelatin tasted really good with the meat and cheese. A nice citrus flavor with a good level of spiciness. The biggest negative was that it made my hands sticky.

Ruth’s Pick:

Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit

Lime Gelatin

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

An amazing combination of flavors. Fascinating.

Whew! Pretty amazing to see them all together like that, huh?  I LOVE it! Be sure to stay tuned as I bring you more tested vintage gelatin recipes in the weeks to come that you fabulous people submitted for the contest!

*Thanks again to all of the sponsors who gave prizes for the contest, Brigitte from My Nifty Thrifty, Renee from Crash Pad Designs, Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried from W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., Christy at OrWa Designs, and our fab friends at The CRAVEyard!

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10 Responses to It’s A Mid-Century Menu Gelatin Round-up – ALL of the Winners In Our Recent Gelatin Contest

  1. pam kueber Reply

    September 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Most Excellent Story. Tom deserves Husband of the Year 2012.

  2. deb Reply

    September 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I agree with Pam – and an award to you as well for making it all!! Love it!

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    OMG! All of these recipes that you made, and now pictured all together, certainly look daunting – I don’t know how y’all did it day after day eating all of that gelatin! eek!!! 😉

    • RetroRuth Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      It was tough, but we made it through! 🙂

  4. Silvercat Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    pss: the link for the chicken ice cream is to the picture instead of the post.

  5. Collette | Serendipity Handmade & Vintage Reply

    September 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Wow! Hats off to your bravery! I cannot stand mid-century gelatin recipes. Tomato aspic, anyone? No thanks! 🙂

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