Jello shots – with Vickie Lester

What? You didn’t think I was serious?

jello_cherriesJell-o, a nineteen-twenties aesthetic…and Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters, circa 1928, a naughty, scandalous flapper…

our dancing daughters joan crawfordMadcap youth!

ourdancingdaughters8eThe 1950’s, a changing aesthetic, and Jell-o UNLEASHED:


One of my favorite films of all time about the birth of talkies, Singin’ in the Rain, released in 1952 and some astonishingly 1920’s REMINISCENT wardrobe, but the palette, hm… It looks just like Technicolor J— – –

rojorAnd, it’s still one of the sexiest dances in the history of cinema:

Gene Kelly Cyd CharissePlease drop-by and see my friend Jen, she got me thinking about Jell-o in the first place! Victory Rolls and V8s | on the road with Liberty Images.


  1. Hal

    Jell-O salads! Only in America! That picture looks ab-so-lute-ly and fab-u-lous-ly DIS-GUS-TING… πŸ™‚ It wouldn’t be out of place in some sequel to The Blob (and not the one directed by Larry Hagman!), paging Steve(n) McQueen! “Jen, she got me thinking about Jell-o in the first place”, now, Ms Vickie, that’s not a phrase you hear every day… Bwahahaha!
    Great post and I love the stream of consciousness linking of the images, so inspired, and gosh, that Jell-O green dress from Singin’, you are brilliant!

  2. I have no sympathy for gelatin at all, in any iteration, but Jell-O has got to be the worst use of an already disgusting product. Gross! Although for my money I would eat the top (red) version ten times over before I would take even a nibble of the green thing on the bottom.

  3. Heather in Arles

    Jello shots? Well, apparently I am the only one that was game! Especially as that freaky green one had olives in it. Who knows, maybe it was a massive quivering mass of martini Jello? My, now that would have been a hit on T-day, wouldn’t it?
    My WT Grandma (I will leave it to you to translate) was the Queen of the most repulsive Jaylo salads. I don’t even know how she did the light green one with cottage cheese and nuts but shiver me timbers…

    • Jen

      Oooo, martini gelatine mold…I’ve made a mojito one before. It was pretty good.

      Though veg does not really belong in Jello. Or meat. That’s just wrong. Some of the recipes in my vintage Jell-o books… *shudder*

  4. George Kaplan

    Yes, Vickie, and it’s made with real calf’s feet with a bit of calf’s brain for texture! Ahahaha! George, er, Hal, er, George Pal?! Blame it on the virus!

  5. Oh god jello salad. I had many a jello salad as a kid…it was practically a jiggle epidemic in every kitchen in Southern California in the 1950’s.
    And Joan… as a flapper. Poor thing she as as much talent as a dancer as Francis the Talking Mule… I mean have you seen her dance with Fred Astaire? Not to mention that early talky where she does the Charleston. I need a jello shot and a nap to get over just thinking about it.

  6. George Kaplan

    “Francis the Talking Mule”! Bwahahaha! Hilarious! Welcome back, Lanier. Vickie may be putting up a few things on Joanie soon from, er, me, so keep ’em peeled tho’ anything good in those posts’ll be down to Ms Lester. πŸ™‚

  7. Jen

    Ha! Thanks, I think. Some of you all need to learn to have fun in the kitsch-en. πŸ˜‰ And for what it’s worth, my cranberry gelatine salad (made with the plain gelatine, not Jell-o) was a big hit at every Christmas party I brought it to. An empty plate and requests for the recipe were the only things that came home!

    Hope you’re feeling better, Vickie. Think we had the same sickness, and it was a doozy!

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