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Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ?

My mother used to make this wonderful three-layered gelatin dessert that she would buy in same area as Jello and puddings in the grocery store. This product was not made by Jello as best as I recall, ie I have taken a look at the old Jello 1-2-3 product page and do not think this is it. It had a texture that was somewhat like jello but much creamier and firmer. I think the prepartation was much like making jello and/or non-instant pudding.

Also unlike the Jello 1-2-3 product, each layer was of a different color and had a different flavor.

Anyone remember this? Can you provide me with a name of the product and or the manufacturer?
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    racerboy3v
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 00:55:49 (permalink)
    I also want to know about this 3-2-1 jello. I remember having it as a kid and would like to know if it is still made. Google is of no help on this matter
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 01:22:21 (permalink)
    Was this served in a parfait glass? We sometimes had something like that for dessert as kids. If this is what you're talking about, I can ask my mom.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 08:25:20 (permalink)
    I suppose that it could be served in a parfait glass, and in fact it probably would look best in one, but by no means would one be limited to only using a parfait glass.

    Ask your mom :-) I already asked mine, she remembers the dessert only vaguely.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 12:36:44 (permalink)
    We always put ours in regular 16 oz glasses, about half full. That way you could see all three layers and be like "wow that is cool" or something like that anyway.

    I asked my mom, gradnma, roomate, and girlfriend, and they all remember what it is, just not if you can buy it anywhere. I know the stores around me don't sell it anymore, but I would order it online or by mail if it was sold anywhere.
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 14:00:31 (permalink)
    Do they recall what the name of the product was?
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 14:06:55 (permalink)
    Are you sure it wasn't Junket?
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 15:20:14 (permalink)
    Not sure of anything, MH, but that doesn't sound right.

    I also went and looked up the product you mentioned, and the box doesn't look right either



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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 16:41:05 (permalink)
    I do not know what the real name of the product was. We always called it 3-2-1 Jello because it had 3 layers. It isnt the jello product though because I do remember it have 3 disctinct layers and flavors so i am pretty sure we are asking about the same product.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:02:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by racerboy3v

    I do not know what the real name of the product was. We always called it 3-2-1 Jello because it had 3 layers. It isnt the jello product though because I do remember it have 3 disctinct layers and flavors so i am pretty sure we are asking about the same product.



    Until today, I never heard of this dessert and really never would think of making it but now my curiosity is aroused. Hope you find it and if you do, let me know. I bet my grandchildren would love it.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:13:17 (permalink)
    I feel especially good that up til now, racerboy3v has only had three posts on this entire board, and all three are on this topic :-)

    talk about pulling a guy out of lurk mode :-)
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:14:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by racerboy3v

    I do not know what the real name of the product was. We always called it 3-2-1 Jello because it had 3 layers. It isnt the jello product though because I do remember it have 3 disctinct layers and flavors so i am pretty sure we are asking about the same product.

    I must differ here, I too had it growing up and in MY house it was the jello brand product. The first layer(bottom)was the clear jello, then a slightly foamier jello with a slight lighter color, then the last layer lightest and lightest in color as well. We always had the lime and the cherry.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 19:18:19 (permalink)
    I had always thought that is was not the brand name from Jello and that is was a smaller company. I could be wrong though. I found this other forum that had somethign for 1-2-3 Jello listed

    http://www.fabulousfoods.com/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=retrofood&Post=82

    I also found a site with a recipe for "1-2-3" Jello that you make with regular jello and coolwhip' I will probably try this out and see if it is half as good as what i remember. If it is, then it may be worth all the trouble. I think that what my mom used to make was just a mix however. No coolwhip required.

    http://recipecircus.com/recipes/A1cooking/DESSERTS/1_2_3_Jello.html

    On a sadder note for this topic, I also found a site that claims 1-2-3 Jello is no longer made. So if the product was indeed from the Jello brand, then there is no hope in finding it.

    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/btwgb.asp

    And TJ, this is my first visit to this forum, my girlfriend asked me about this product and i went hunting. SO you can feel good that your 3 layer jello post brought a new member
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 14:12:07 (permalink)
    I think you're all talking about Jello 1-2-3. We made it all the time, I think they stopped making it in the 70s. You whipped it up and poured it into glasses so you could see the layers. There were three distinct layers, the bottom was clear jello, only the texture was softer than traditional Jello. The middle layer was a bit denser, more mousse like and had a little bit of a tart flavor, this was my favorite layer. Then the top layer was the lightest in color and texture, pretty much like a foamy topping.

    I wrote to Jello a few years ago asking about it and they said they had no plans to bring it back. I have seen recipes online that are supposed to be similar but I've never tried them.

    Oh, and Junket is a completely different product. Doesn't come out in layers.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 15:35:40 (permalink)
    I was intrigued by this topic because stored in a cabinet beneath my computer is an old McCall's Cooking School magazine from 1973 (does anyone remember those?) There is a Jello ad that has a two layer dessert; they add 1 cup of vanilla ice cream to 1/2 cup of jello and layer it on top of the plain jello. I think that I've seen a variation of this recipe made with Cool Whip.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 15:58:24 (permalink)
    Nope, the product I am talking about is NOT Jello 1-2-3, period.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 16:08:27 (permalink)
    Here's a good recipe for this: Open a can of cold beer, mix up the jello 3-layer dessert, when it gels, throw it away. Drink the beer.
    I can't take the jello - it's a bad memory from the school cafeteria lunches.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 16:12:45 (permalink)
    Perhaps it was just the cafeteria staple of layered jello? My mom used to let us help make it at home. We did it once or twice with our kids too, but it is harder to impress a kid today.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/01/11 18:35:19 (permalink)
    Could it be LuLu's??
    http://www.lulusdessert.com/brochr/inside_pg1.html
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/01/12 08:45:57 (permalink)
    Not Lulu's....but thanks for the try.

    The Lulu's page shows a pre-made product, but what I am talking about is a dry mix in a box, same as if you bought a box of dry pudding mix.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/04/01 18:50:19 (permalink)
    Dr. Oetker's now carries their own '1,2,3 Jello in Canada...i'm not sure about the U.s. but i imagine they do...look around their website for info on it..

    http://www.oetker.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/oetker.woa/wa/page?destination=page_32

    i often wonder why Jello stopped making it after it was so popular...there must be something inherently wrong with it..or what????
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/04/03 08:52:05 (permalink)
    In our area, there used to be a sort of battle between the Jello and Royal brands of gelatin and pudding products. Royal was not a 'store brand' but was a bit less in cost than Jello. Perhaps Royal had their own version of Jello's 1-2-3 dessert mix.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/06/26 18:16:43 (permalink)
    I too have been trying to find this product for quite some time. I have been thinking the product was called "Fruit Float" or something like that (I remember a commercial with everyone trying to say "Fruit Float" three times - "Fruit Float, Fruit Float, Fruit Float"). I may have the name and the product incorrectly associated with each other. Can anyone confirm that this is the correct name of this three layer gelatin product?
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/06/26 18:56:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by oneiron339

    Here's a good recipe for this: Open a can of cold beer, mix up the jello 3-layer dessert, when it gels, throw it away. Drink the beer.
    I can't take the jello - it's a bad memory from the school cafeteria lunches.


    Amen.

    ROFLMAO.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/08/09 14:10:09 (permalink)
    I believe it was called "Something Different"? ? but i have had no luck in finding it.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/08/17 08:21:22 (permalink)
    I found this recipe on www.cdkitchen.com (amazing recipes!) Maybe it will help...

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/36/1_2_3_Jello46269.shtml
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/06 22:37:30 (permalink)
    It's called Fruit Float
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/07 09:35:42 (permalink)
    Nope, not Fruit Float. This was purchased as a dry mix in a box of a size and shape similar to packaged puddings and/or Jello you find today.

    No can involved

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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/14 19:53:47 (permalink)
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm new to the forum, and am looking forward to getting to know all of you. I'd like to start off by contributing a recipe.

    I have the recipe for this nostalgic dessert. I even made it with Sugar Free Jello and it worked.

    I got this recipe off of the internet back in 1999, off of a website that no longer exists. I'm glad that I printed it.

    Debbie in Indiana


    1-2-3 Jello

    1 Box Jello (3 oz.) any flavor
    1 envelope of Dream Whip
    1 C. boiling water
    1 C. ice cold water

    Mix Jello and Dream Whip together. Empty into your blender, add boiling water. Blend at lowest speed for 30 seconds until mix is dissolved. Turn speed up to high and blend for one minute longer. Add the cold water, and continue blendingat highest speed one minute longer.

    Fill each glass only half full at once, then fill glasses completely in same order. Chill until set, about 3 hours.

    Makes 4 2/3 C. servings I poured mine into pretty wine glasses.
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    RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/19 11:28:08 (permalink)
    Wish i could help you out.I remember the jello 1-2-3 that was mentioned,but not what you are looking for.
    Royal Gelatin has been around a long time and was a rival to Jello.i have an old 1920s Royal Gelatin cookbook as well as several Jello books from the 1930s.Could it have been a recipe on a box of Knox's plain Geletaine? just curious.only product from that time period i recall in regard to a three layer gelatin is the Jello one.
    i also recall Pillsbury made an ice box cake mix.it had a snowman on the front,and came in lemon,chocolate and i think strawberry as well,with a graham cracker crust.it was very good,but they don't make it anymore.
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