Doctoring up a box of Jello turned ordinary gelatin into this retro One Two Three Jello! The Sunday Supper team is sharing recipes popular in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. What’s your favorite throwback dish?
One Two Three Jello
One of my favorite childhood treats was Jello brand’s One Two Three Jello. My childhood was full of jello salads. Some I loved. Others, like lime jello with grated carrots, were just plain nasty.
Back in the day, Jello was touted as a source of protein and my youngest sister was given bottles of jello water to pacify her. She was the only sibling to have a mouthful of cavities. I wonder why?
Back to recreating this retro One Two Three Jello recipe. My siblings and I loved how the mixture magically separated into layers when chilled. Sadly, it was discontinued, but I did find copycat recipes on the web. Unfortunately, they all contained Cool Whip, which doesn’t set well with me. Substituting whipped cream worked perfectly!
My parents went all granola on me in the 1970’s. Powdered milk to avoid hormones or pesticides, no salt to help my dad’s blood pressure, carob instead of chocolate. We were tortured. So when my mom brought home a box of 1-2-3 Jello/ One Two Three Jello from the neighborhood Hy-Vee grocery store, my sisters and I were ever so grateful for the SUGAR!
So when I heard the Sunday Supper crew was sharing Retro Recipes today, I thought of the era of jello molds, quiche that real men didn’t eat and Hamburger Helper, and chose that magic gelatin dessert. Did you grow up eating jello salads? Are they ever on your holiday table? You know, those jello salads that taste like desserts? If you have a favorite, let me know.
More Throwback Recipes from My Sunday Supper Friends:
Bodacious Breakfasts and Appetizers:
- Classic Chex Party Mix from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Healthy Green Goddess Dip from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Made in the Shade Main Dishes:
- Bacon Wrapped Individual Meatloaf from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken ala King from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Chicken Rice Casserole from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chicken in a Basket from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Parisienne from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
- Chicken Pot Pie from Whole Food | Real Families
- Creamy Baked Pork Chops from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Mom’s Shepherd’s Pie from Momma’s Meals
- Ravioli di Magro from Manu’s Menu
- Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy from Webicurean
- Tuna Noodle Casserole from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Uptown Goulash from Family Foodie
Swell Side Dishes:
- Creamy Lime Gelatin Salad from Magnolia Days
- Harvard Beets from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
- Roasted Broccoli Cheese Casserole from NeighborFood
- Wedge Salad from Our Good Life
- Bananas Foster from The Redhead Baker
- Creamsicle Jello Mold from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Frosty Chocolate Dream Bites from Wallflour Girl
- Jello Poke Cake from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from Pies and Plots
- Original Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake with No Cook Fudge Frosting from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Raspberry Crunch from Peaceful Cooking
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
The Bee’s Knees Beverages:
- Blood Orange Sidecar from Nosh My Way
- Crème de Menthe Parfait from Food Lust People Love
- Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned from The Texan New Yorker
More Recipes with Jello You’ll Love:
- Rainbow Ribbon Jello from Brown Eyed Baker
- Cranberry Fluff Salad
- Coca Cola Jello Salad with Cherries from The Food Charlatan
- Easy Lemon Bundt Cake
- Jello Easter Eggs from Spend with Pennies
One Two Three Jello
A retro Jello dessert that was a childhood favorite!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 6 servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: American
- 6 ounce box of Jello (flavor of your choice, I used cherry)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
- Divide dry jello into two medium sized bowls.
- Add one cup boiling water to first bowl and stir till all sugar is dissolved. Add one cup of cold water and mix till combined. Pour mixture into clear glasses (6-8 depending on size) filling to halfway point. Chill till slightly jelled, about 30 minutes.
- When the bottom layer is slightly jelled, whip the cream and repeat the process with the second bowl of dry gelatin, decreasing the cold water to ¾ cup. Whisk in the whipped cream and pour the jello mixture on top of the first layer. Chill till set, about 4 hours.
Note: 4 hour chilling time.
- Calories: 125kcal
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 134mg
- Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 7mg