Arianna Silen

Until the mid-19th century, gelatin-based foods were exclusively for the elite–the process of producing both gelatin and molds were extremely laborious. Thanks to industrialization and the introduction of home refrigerators, by the 1950s gelatin-based foods began to trend. Inspired by the endless colors, forms, and textures of Jell-O, “The Joys of Jell-O” celebrates the heyday of this modern food phenomena.