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Oct 28, 2003 12:58 PM

Mystery 70'd Dessert Product

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This is gonnah drive me crazy...My mom was a fan of every convenience food-stuff around in the 70's...The most horrible, beyond, Jello 1-2-3, was a whipped thing with the consistancy of spray-in insulation, kinda like a cross between Cool Whip and Jello, a whipped pudding-food, if you will. You could almost break the cell walls between your tongue and palate. I remember a lemon flavor...Anyone remember the name?

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  1. I think I know what you're talking about.

    The way it was made (if I remember right) is to wait until the Jell-O was partly set, then fold in whipped cream (more likely Dream Whip or Cool Whip). I just can't recall if it was beaten further after that to make it more airy, then left to finish setting.

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    1. re: Colleen

      Whip and Chill, it was Whip and Chill...Thank gawd, I feel much better now...

      Image: http://www.neighborhoodvalues.com/nv/...

      1. re: galleygirl

        THAT brought back nightmares.

        Even as a kid, I didn't like that stuff. The most disgusting texture and flavour ever.

        1. re: galleygirl

          Oh what bad memories! I LOVED that stuff, but my mother wouldn't buy it, even after I destroyed a box of jello and half the kitchen trying to make it myself by whipping plain jello and dream whip powder (remember that?) together with a hand held electric mixer to see if it would form that texture. Looking back I think my version was probably better!

          1. re: Patti

            Actually, this whole memory was triggered when a friend proferred an Atkins-friendly dessert that he had labored over, with some pride, that tasted *EXACTLY* like the imfamous whip-n-chill, with the same texture...To create this treat, one has to do some strange measuring, chilling, and addition of ice cubes to the sugar-free(in this case) jello, and fold in Cool Whip......But it is possible to create a very close facsimile, if one were to have a 70's party, or an attack of nostalgia...We also discussed Jello 1-2-3, still available in Canada...

          2. re: galleygirl

            So would you spray this whip 'n' chill and then mix stuff in to make pies or "mousse"? Or did you have to whip it up yourself?

            P.S. I had a "magic shell" moment recently. I just couldn't for the life of me remember what that stuff was called--I literally shot out of bed one morning screaming "Magic Shell, Magic Shell!".

            Is it still around? I don't think I ever had any, but I remember seeing the commercials and subsequently (and to no avail) begging my mom to buy some.

            1. re: butterfly

              Oh, it's still around. And in Twix flavor, no less. Don't ask how I know that.

          3. re: Colleen

            My mother in law still makes this, in green, pink, or orange (pick your favorite!), and serves it as a SALAD.

          4. I think it was called WHIP'n CHILL....I think I loved it in pink, whatever that flavor was supposed to be emulating.

            1. I found a site with a petition to bring back Jello 1-2-3. Here's what it says:

              Back in the late 80's and early 90's there existed a product known as "Jello 1-2-3." You had to use a blender to fully mix the ingredients, which upon cooling would seperate out into three distinct layers: Regular Jello, a creamy mousse-like middle, and a light creamy top. It came in strawberry and orange. We, the undersigned, encourage Kraft Foods (1-800-431-1001) to bring this deliciously simple dessert back to store shelves so we can again consume it in all of its sugary goodness.

              Link: http://www.petitiononline.com/jello12...

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              1. re: eel

                In the late 80s and early 90s, it might have been called Jello 1-2-3, but I remember it from the early 70s as 1-2-3 Jello.

              2. Oh, Magic Shell! We BEGGED our dad to get this stuff for us one summer, and he relented. We were so disappointed that he had to take us out for ice cream.

                1. LOL, I have a box of this stuff in my pantry. Want to see?
                  I don't know why I kept it all these years. I thought it was horrible stuff...

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                  1. re: mochi mochi

                    You could probably sell that on Ebay and make a fortune!