Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ?

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TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
2004/08/06 17:08:07
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?
racerboy3v
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 00:55:49
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
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 01:22:21
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 08:25:20
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.
racerboy3v
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 12:36:44
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 14:00:31
Do they recall what the name of the product was?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 14:06:55
Are you sure it wasn't Junket?
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 15:20:14
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



racerboy3v
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 16:41:05
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.
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:02:12
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:13:17
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 :-)
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 17:14:17
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.
racerboy3v
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/11/09 19:18:19
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
Jpan
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 14:12:07
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.
ericats
Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 15:35:40
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 15:58:24
Nope, the product I am talking about is NOT Jello 1-2-3, period.
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 16:08:27
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.
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2004/12/03 16:12:45
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.
supenelope
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/01/11 18:35:19
Could it be LuLu's??
http://www.lulusdessert.com/brochr/inside_pg1.html
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/01/12 08:45:57
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.
jimmyital
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/04/01 18:50:19
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????
RubyRose
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/04/03 08:52:05
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.
smuscle
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/06/26 18:16:43
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?
Adjudicator
Sirloin
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/06/26 18:56:26
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.
richaunt
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/08/09 14:10:09
I believe it was called "Something Different"? ? but i have had no luck in finding it.
kitty626
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2005/08/17 08:21:22
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
Daniel Cleary
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/06 22:37:30
It's called Fruit Float
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/07 09:35:42
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

DebC
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/14 19:53:47
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.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/19 11:28:08
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/19 13:49:44
No, it wasn't a recipe, this specific item came in it's own package, more or less the same size as the dry pudding or jello packages it was generally sat beside on the grocer's shelves.

No, it wasn't a no-bake kinda thing either, no crust, just the foamy pudding/gelatin.
Gizmolito
Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/23 18:51:50
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

No, it wasn't a recipe, this specific item came in it's own package, more or less the same size as the dry pudding or jello packages it was generally sat beside on the grocer's shelves.

No, it wasn't a no-bake kinda thing either, no crust, just the foamy pudding/gelatin.



Quite a puzzle. Now I really want some! When I pose such questions to the missus, she says, Are you sure you didn't just dream it?"
Scarlett
Cheeseburger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/01/23 20:00:47
T J I know exactly what you're talking about.. I loved the orange flavored one.
I'm trying to remember what it's called but the name "Royal" or "Royale" may be on the right track. If I remember it came in a chocolate-brown box and was about the size of a skinny dried-soup box.
I'm going to check out the local stores and see if I can find some.
Oldwoman
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/02/05 13:43:37
I also tried calling their 800 number (1-800-323-0768) but as it is
the day after Thanksgiving, the Kraft employees are "enjoying the
Holiday with their families" according to the recording.

There is a person called the "Jell-O-phile" who has a really fun
website with lots of information about Jell-O. ONe of their FAQ's was
about Jell-O 1-2-3 and according to her answer, the product was still
being made in 1996:

"Is Jell-O 1-2-3 still available?
Jell-O 1-2-3 was still in current production as of January 1996,
albeit not appearing on every supermarket shelf. You could try calling
Kraft General Foods at the number on the box (1-800-431-1001) to find
out a market in your area that carries this product.
Marilyn J. ("Jell-O") Felling, jellolady@aol.com, January 1996"

She also offers a recipe to try:

"How do you prepare Jell-O 1-2-3?
After adding the boiling water, the mixture was blended for 30
seconds, then blended at high speed for 1 minute, then add a cup of
ice water and blend on high for 1 more minute. You fill each glass
HALF FULL, then refill the glasses completely in the same order. It
"automatically" separates into 3 layers upon chilling. Basically they
call this gelatin with 2 toppings (on the box). Molding this product
is NOT recommended."
-----------------
1 2 3 Jello Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup boiling water
1 package Jello, any flavor (4 serving size)
1/2 cup cold water
Ice cubes
1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip
Directions:

Pour boiling water into blender. Add Jello. Cover and blend at low speed until Jello is completely dissolved, about 30 seconds. Combine cold water and ice cubes to make 1 1/4 cups. Add to Jello and stir until ice is partially melted. Then add whipped topping; blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into dessert glasses. Chill about 30 minutes. Dessert layers as it chills. Garnish as desired (lemon, orange or strawberry wedges, etc.) Jan


This recipe for 1 2 3 Jello serves/makes 10.

Oldwoman
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/02/05 13:46:53
I also tried calling their 800 number (1-800-323-0768) but as it is
the day after Thanksgiving, the Kraft employees are "enjoying the
Holiday with their families" according to the recording.

There is a person called the "Jell-O-phile" who has a really fun
website with lots of information about Jell-O. ONe of their FAQ's was
about Jell-O 1-2-3 and according to her answer, the product was still
being made in 1996:

"Is Jell-O 1-2-3 still available?
Jell-O 1-2-3 was still in current production as of January 1996,
albeit not appearing on every supermarket shelf. You could try calling
Kraft General Foods at the number on the box (1-800-431-1001) to find
out a market in your area that carries this product.
Marilyn J. ("Jell-O") Felling, jellolady@aol.com, January 1996"

She also offers a recipe to try:

"How do you prepare Jell-O 1-2-3?
After adding the boiling water, the mixture was blended for 30
seconds, then blended at high speed for 1 minute, then add a cup of
ice water and blend on high for 1 more minute. You fill each glass
HALF FULL, then refill the glasses completely in the same order. It
"automatically" separates into 3 layers upon chilling. Basically they
call this gelatin with 2 toppings (on the box). Molding this product
is NOT recommended."
-----------------
1 2 3 Jello Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup boiling water
1 package Jello, any flavor (4 serving size)
1/2 cup cold water
Ice cubes
1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip
Directions:

Pour boiling water into blender. Add Jello. Cover and blend at low speed until Jello is completely dissolved, about 30 seconds. Combine cold water and ice cubes to make 1 1/4 cups. Add to Jello and stir until ice is partially melted. Then add whipped topping; blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into dessert glasses. Chill about 30 minutes. Dessert layers as it chills. Garnish as desired (lemon, orange or strawberry wedges, etc.) Jan


This recipe for 1 2 3 Jello serves/makes 10.

becksterh
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/06/09 04:52:18
http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=31983&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=39&iSubCat=173&iProductID=31983
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/06/09 08:19:26
I think we have a winner! That looks and sounds right!
NewScience
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/07/17 15:42:49
Was going to keep this information for myself, but:

www.vermontcountrystore.com

Product: Trio Treat
Item: #H2943
Flavors: Orange or Strawberry

Any 4 boxes: $7.90

Also, check out Whip 'n Chill Dessert MIx, Green Goddess Salad Dressing, Lemon Pudding Cake mix, ....

Enjoy!!!
undergroundnurse
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2006/12/31 21:40:53
Yes, I remember this. It was called 3-2-1 Jello and the box was pink. It showed the three layers. I haven't seen it in the store for a long time but found it in a Mexican store. The writing was in spanish, but the picture on the front was the same. Check Mexican specialty stores that sell tamales and other ethnic foods.
pritypetal
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2007/11/30 18:57:44
Hi
this is my first ever entry into a forum but I just couldn't resist responding to your plight. I had to do most of the cooking when I was a kid because my mom and dad both worked. Therefore as one of 4 kids home alone most of the time mom bought stuff that worked unfortunetly I may have to bust the balloon a bit. I do believe it was made by Jell-O But you are right it didn't look the same it was in a larger box. It was made by emptying the single pouch of poder into a bowl. Adding Milk and blending with a mixer for a certain length of time. You would then pour this into your glasses or bowl and refrigerate. The setting up was where the layers occured. As it set the layers were the settling out of the ingrediants heavier being on the bottom most opaque by then clear, and the frothy stuff on top.
Hope this helped a little, it was interesting how something like this could kick up so many memories.
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2007/11/30 19:35:02
Well, welcome to Roadfood!!I have fond memories of the 3 layered product-just cant remember the name...
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2007/12/06 14:45:51
Think this thread has been answered several times over the last 3 year, eh?...
Who dug it out of its grave?
DizzyBlonde
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2008/01/28 12:20:03
I have been looking for this same dessert and I could have sworn that it was called Cold Snap but no one seems to remember that. Maybe Cold Snap was something completely different. I just don't know!
magicalbeing
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2008/03/16 23:39:33
Have you looked at the knox gelatin box near the jello section at the grocery store ? I'm almost sure this is what your talking about. http://www.kraftfoods.com/knox/ It is presented in a glass. My mother used to make it all the time. It has 3 layers. There is a picture of this desert on the knox box. I will be sure to call my mother for the recipe. I know its topped with whipped cream . I'm almost guessing you use strawberry jello with cream or milk for the first layer ( creamy and firm very light pink compared to the other layers ). Honestly I don't know though. Every time I try to click on the recipe link for Knox gelatin it brings up nothing. The box has the recipes for the two other deserts pictured on the box. Just not the 3 layered desert. The box says to go to Knoxgel.com for the rest of there recipes but brings you back to the kraft site where the link doesn't work. Go to the grocery store and check out the picture on the box and let me know if this is what your talking about.
DizzyBlonde
Junior Burger
RE: Help - 3 Layer gelatin dessert ? 2008/03/18 18:19:23
http://www.yarayara.com/myop/op3.html Check out this site and scroll down until you see the picture of the Jello 1-2-3.