Friday, May 8, 2009

Jell-O capital of the world - well not quite the world

Reading Suburb Sanity the other day, Deb had posted about going to military functions when her husband was in the Navy. Every dinner function they attended, Banana Pudding was on the table, every time, including the going away party that was held for them when their 4 year enlistment was up.

It got me thinking about Utah’s rich heritage and our penchant for Jell-O, you know the wiggly, squish through your teeth stuff that we see at all our Church and family functions? So I Googled “Utah Jell-O” and came up with some valuable information.

Did you know that if you live in Utah you are living in the “Jell-O Belt”, also referred to in Wikipedia as The Mormon Corridor. Jell-O has been designated as Utah’s official snack food, apparently because Utah has been the highest per capita consumer of Jell-O for many years.

In a current article in Salt Lake Magazine, Jeremy Pugh talks about growing up around LDS families and that Jell-O was a staple at gatherings, to satisfy the children and their sweet-tooth {or is it sweet "teeth"?}

There is a wide variety of flavors, but the flavor of choice at the weekly Sweetheart Grandma Gathering is “red”. Hum, like Jeremy said “is that a flavor”?


Michael & Nikki said...

mmm I love Jello.. I guess I'm from UTAH!

Jill said...

My sister lived in South Carolina for a few years and used to tell us about how banana pudding was the "Jell-O of the South." It's good stuff!!

Debbie said...

Well, it took me long enough to get over to comment, but here I am. I should have brought a lovely jello mold to compensate.
My husband's mother believed until her 50s that jello had something in it that our bodies needed and we couldn't get it from any other source. I am not kidding about this. It devastated her to find out it was pretty much just sugar:)