Peter Cooper, inventor and founder of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, obtained the first American patent for the manufacture of gelatin in 1845. In 1895, cough syrup manufacturer Pearl B. Wait purchased the patent and developed a packaged gelatin dessert. Wait's wife, May David Wait named it 'Jell-O.'
According to Kraft Foods, more than a million packages of Jell-O brand gelatin are purchased each day.
In 1936 Jell-O came out with a cola flavored Jell-O. It was dropped the following year.
The residents of Salt Lake City eat more lime flavored gelatin than any other city in the U.S.
Fruits that sink in Jell-O: seedless grapes and fruits in heavy syrup such as fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, etc.
Fruits that float in Jell-O: fresh fruit such as bananas, citrus sections, sliced peaches, apples and fruit in light syrup.
The original Jell-O flavors were orange, lemon, strawberry and raspberry.
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