You’ve probably seen the cringy, weird retro Jell-O recipes that make you ask, “What were they thinking?” or activate your gag reflex. But the mid century wasn’t totally crazy with the whole Jell-O obsession. Some retro Jell-O recipes are really tasty and worth serving up to guests this holiday season.
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Retro Jell-O Recipes
Refreshing and easy to make, this retro Jell-O dessert is a light dessert for a no-fuss way to cap off a holiday meal.
This one’s a staple in my family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Serve as a side or as a dessert.
This one’s versatile and great for feeding a crowd.
Another super easy Jell-O option fit for a holiday table.
So-named for its color, this sweet treat is as fun to look at as it is to eat.
The presentation of this one with the classic Jell-O mold gives it a very retro look as well as a refreshing taste.
As you’ll note, many of these recipes are similar, so you can easily riff off of these and customize based on your desired taste/color. And last but not least, here is one from a vintage Jell-O ad.
Jell-O Molds + Dessert Glasses
Of course, part of the fun and retro vibe of Jell-O is the mold or the special dessert cups. Here are some vintage finds on Etsy to complete the look!
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