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The Jell-O museum

The ‘Jell-O Museum’ website is temporarily closed,, but aficionados of Jell-O may be interested in the The Jell-O Gallery in Le Roy, NY, US. It’s run by The LeRoy Historical Society.

“In 1845, Peter Cooper dabbled with and patented a product which was ‘set’ with gelatin. Suffice it to say, it never did ‘jell’ with the American public. In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. He tried to market his product but he lacked the capital and the experience. In 1899 he sold his formula to a fellow townsman for the sum of $450.” Text courtesy the Jell-O Museum

Notes:

● The Jell-O Gallery in Le Roy is normally open for visits, but check ahead for current lockdown status.

● The text above is from the Jell-O Museum website, which is now offline, but can still be found, to some extent, via Archive.org

● Production of Jell-O in LeRoy ended in 1964.

● The 1992 Ig Nobel Chemistry prize was awarded to Ivette Bassa, constructor of colorful colloids, for her role in the crowning achievement of twentieth century chemistry, the synthesis of bright blue Jell-O (see photo above).

Research research by Martin Gardiner

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