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Jell-O Day

Updated on May 15, 2015

A Wacky Holiday In July

July 12th is "Eat Your Jell-O Day".

Did you know that Jello was invented in LeRoy, New York in 1897? Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, discovered the fruit flavoured dessert while trying to create a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. His wife named the dessert Jell-O. After several unsuccessful owners of the product, Jell-O took off in popularity. In 1925 the Jell-O Company was sold to Postum Cereal and eventually became General Foods Corporation. Currently Jell-O is owned by Kraft-General Foods.

Banner In Front of the Gallery
Banner In Front of the Gallery

Don't Miss The LeRoy Jell-O Gallery and Museum

Supported by the LeRoy Historical Society

The history and success of Jell-O is fascinating. In LeRoy, New York you can visit The Jell-O Gallery, which is full of memorabilia and the history of this wonderful dessert. My visit took me back to my childhood when I saw Jell-O packaging of the 1950s and 1960s. The gallery also has a collection of horse drawn carriages and wagons that were used to distribute boxes of Jell-O to grocery stores.

The staff in the museum are friendly and very knowledgeable about Jell-O's history.

To get to LeRoy, New York, take exit 47 off of the New York Thruway and drive approximately 5 km (3 mi) south to the town. The museum's address is 23 Main Street.

Google Maps - LeRoy, NY is southwest of Rochester, NY

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Great Book About the History of LeRoy from Amazon

LeRoy (Images of America)
LeRoy (Images of America)

LeRoy is best known as the "Birthplace of Jell-O," but few people know that in 1929 it had one of the finest private airports in the United States and was home to Amelia Earhart's airplane, the Friendship. In the 19th century, LeRoy was known for Igham University, one of the first colleges for women and the first to grant a four-year degree.

 

The Jell-O Memorbilia Is Mind Boggling - It will send you back to your childhood.

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The Jell-O packaging evolved with time.  In 1904 Jell-O introduced the "Jell-O Girl" seen here with her mom.Mom always knew what we would like for dessert.A collection of spoons adorn the museum's ceiling.
The Jell-O packaging evolved with time.  In 1904 Jell-O introduced the "Jell-O Girl" seen here with her mom.
The Jell-O packaging evolved with time. In 1904 Jell-O introduced the "Jell-O Girl" seen here with her mom.
Mom always knew what we would like for dessert.
Mom always knew what we would like for dessert.
A collection of spoons adorn the museum's ceiling.
A collection of spoons adorn the museum's ceiling.

Early Transportation For Jell-O - Cars - to - Wagons - to - Sleighs

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Horse drawn wagon and 1904 Cadillac.A German style carriage.An 1890s light delivery wagon.Notice the detail in the wood carving.
Horse drawn wagon and 1904 Cadillac.
Horse drawn wagon and 1904 Cadillac.
A German style carriage.
A German style carriage.
An 1890s light delivery wagon.
An 1890s light delivery wagon.
Notice the detail in the wood carving.
Notice the detail in the wood carving.

Bill Cosby has played a huge part in promoting Jell-O

Note the spoons hanging on the ceiling and on the display wall.
Note the spoons hanging on the ceiling and on the display wall.
Lens Master arriving at the museum.
Lens Master arriving at the museum.

Don't Miss The Jell-O Gift Shop

The gift shop at the gallery is full of sweatshirts, t-shirts, golf shirts, magnets, mugs, and much more. All items have either "Jello", LeRoy, NY, or both on them. The wearing apparel is top quality and prices are reasonable.

Remember the J-E-L-L-O tune that was used to advertise the dessert?

Visitor Comments - Let's hear about your early memories of Jell-O

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      Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      My moother made the most delicious Jell-O salad that was garnished with pecans, marshmellows, and peaches!

      I was 24 years old when Bill Cosby became the "face of the brand" for Jell-O and some 40 years later I still find myself eating Jell-O Pudding!

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      @shellys-space: Me too! I just bought a box of watermelon Jell-O. Can't wait to make it.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love Jell-O with whipped cream on top!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!