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All my bathing suits are firmly stored away in the recesses of my closet, and now I’m taking out the bulky sweaters and wool pants. This is a signal that it’s time to eat desserts again. Oh yeah. It’s the only time of year the I feel I can truly justify it. So while I was hankering for some decadent chocolate on chocolate concoction I thought about all the types of desserts there are. And then it hit me — what about Jell-O.

When I was growing up, we rarely ate dessert, basically because my sisters and brother and I were such finicky eaters, we barely made it through the meal. My mother would wring her hands trying to get us to eat something before Social Services took us away thinking she was starving us to death. Really, she wasn’t, we just did not like to eat. In desperation my mother and father made us swallow a weekly tablespoon of cod liver oil to ensure we were getting some nutrients. But I digress — we were talking about dessert.  Every once in a while I would see my father enjoy a small bowl of Jell-O. It wasn’t my thing, because at the time food wasn’t my thing — oh how I long for those days to ever come again.

My next meeting with Jell-O would be many years later when I flew to the middle of Minnesota desperately trying to make a good impression on two people who I hoped would be my future in-laws . My first meal at their home was an experience, and it began with a large glass bowl arriving at the table filled with orange Jell-O containing colored bits of something. I wasn’t sure what those bits were.  However, I quickly got with the program once a generous dollop was placed before me — those bits were celery and carrots jiggling in my orange gelatin.   I was a more than a bit surprised.  In fact color me shocked.  Dessert and vegetables in the same bite?  Well that’s one way of doing it.   Believe me, I ate it with a smile on my face, remember I was trying to make an impression.  And yes, they became my in-laws so it all worked out fine.  However, I’ve never eaten Jell-O since.

What’s the strangest dessert you have ever eaten?

3 Responses to “JELL-O”

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  1. AndreaW
    on Oct 17th, 2007
    @ 6:22 am

    Yuck! I like my Jell-O plain, thank you very much!

  2. Gannon
    on Oct 17th, 2007
    @ 6:40 am

    I’ve had fruit in Jello, but vegetables??!! Gross! I’ve never been a big Jello fan myself.

  3. keoweegirl
    on Oct 17th, 2007
    @ 8:26 am

    Jell-O salads are very common in the midwest, especially ones with shredded carrots, or at least they were when I was growing up. I love cherry and strawberry Jell-O, either plain or with sliced bananas. I also love the strawberry-pretzel dessert that has Jell-O as one of its ingredients. Just don’t try to serve me green Jell-O. I draw the line at that.

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