She stood in her kitchen staring at an open refrigerator wondering what on earth she could make to impress her friends for the party at Mabel's this evening. Nothing! Nothing was coming to mind. She pulled open the crisper drawer and saw a pint of strawberries. That's it, she thought! I'll make a Jell-O Salad. They are all the rage right now and I am sure I just cut out a new recipe from the Good Wife's Magazine this week.

She turned and her crinoline skirt swayed around her legs as she reached up to the built in shelves to grab her recipe box. Hum, what was that recipe called? M something; maybe Magic? As she thumbed through the box to the right secion, there it was; Magic Jell-O Dessert!

After reading through the recipe she decided to change it a little. She was a wiz in the kitchen and loved to cook, so she decided to make this one putting her own spin on the "magic" and she would only use Strawberry Jell-O and add fresh strawberries.


She opened her 1950's cupboard and grabbed 2 boxes of Strawberry Jell-O mix (it was her favorite flavor) and opened the freezer to pull out the Cool Whip so it could thaw a bit while she started the preparations. 

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1. Prepare Strawberries by rinsing and drying them and cutting into slices. You'll need 2 cups in total.
2. Prepare 1 box of Strawberry Jell-O package as directed on the package
3. Pour the prepared Strawberry Jell-O into a square pan. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm. Cut this into 1/2 inch cubes.
4. Stir 1 cup boiling water into remaining package of Strawberry Jell-O in a medium bowl until dissolved completely. Now stir in 1/2 cup of cold water.
5. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
6. Remove from refrigerator and stir in 1/2 a container of Cool Whip and the sliced strawberries. (Save some for garnish if you wish)
7. Pour this mixture into a Jell-O mold or you can use a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Refrigerate overnight. 
8. Unmold and garnish using left over Cool Whip and Strawberries

Jell-O became a popular ingredient in the 1950's for multiple reasons. First of all the rise of in-home refrigerators for middle class families allowed for more cool desserts to be kept and set.  This combined with an admittedly aggressive advertising strategy from Kraft pretty much guaranteed that Jell-O wiggled its way into thousands of homes across the Canada and more. Combine all that with the fact the Jell-O is easy to make, tastes great and has easy to follow recipes and you have a sure winner. The deserts look impressive and were a welcome addition to any dinner party!



Sweet Pea & Grey Hare Jell-O Salad is inspired by all the housewives who created the most inventive desserts to share with family and friends. 

This candle is rich in strawberry and sweet cream and truly smells like that Jell-O salad that Mum used to make.

So what happens to our main character when she arrives at Mabel's party? There's only one way to find out... follow the Rabbit to the campfire. 

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