Voting Begins For The Worst Gelatin Recipe From Our Glistening And Jiggly Contest!

Posted on Jul 2 2012 - 6:30am by RetroRuth

This is it, people!!! Time for you all to vote for who you think should be the recipient of the much-coveted title of “Worst Mid-Century Gelatin Recipe”!

First, I’d like to shoot off a ton of thank-you’s to everyone who sent in a recipe, commented on the posts and shared them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  The reason these contests are a ridiculous amount of fun is because you guys make them that way. Thank you so much!

I would also like to send a mega-thanks to all of our sponsors who were generous enough to supply this contest with some awesome prizes. Seriously, I want to keep every one of these for myself, but I love all you people so much that I won’t do that. Instead, I will share them with you!

Prize Collage

1. A Dorothy Thorpe Silver Band Large Salad Bowl that matches the fantabulous (and Mad Men famous) Roly Poly Trim glasses from our wonderful sponsor Brigitte from My Nifty Thrifty

2. Four lovely mid-mod print placemats from our friend and sponsor Renee from Crash Pad Designs!

3. A brand new copy of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried from W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

4.  A set of handmade coasters from our friend Christy at OrWa Designs, which I am seriously jealous over!

6. A fabulous “Galactique” brooch from our fab friends at The CRAVEyard!

Wait…where’s “5”?

Oh, that’s right:

5. All of these fab prizes, which Tom so generously donated out of my own personal stash.

Hey…wait a minute….

The Finalists!

And now, to the most important part! Here are the four finalists again, in case you have forgotten the hideous images. They are presented in reverse order, because that seems more exciting. Almost like we are counting down to something. Something…horrible.

Finalist #4: Chicken Mousse, aka “Chicken Ice Cream”


This is Chicken Mousse submitted by Michele. It’s pretty much just chicken ice cream.

Which is messed up and unnaturally weird.

Tom Chicken

And Tom agrees.

Finalist #3: Molded Sea-Food Salad

Seafood Salad

This is Molded Sea-Food Salad, submitted by Michelle.

It was gross, with a rancid fish flavor.

Tom Seafood

It made Tom make this face.

Finalist #2: Pineapple Olive Salad

Olive Salad

This is Pineapple Olive Salad. This jiggly abomination was sent to us by Angela.

And it was terrible.

Tom Olive Salad

This is what Tom thought.

Finalist #1: Tomato Ham Salad Loaf

Tomato Ham Salad

This is Tomato Ham Salad Loaf.

And it tasted like crap.

Tom Ham Salad

Tom agrees.

Let’s Vote!

And now it is up to you! Who will be our grand prize “Worst” winner?!?!

Voting starts now and goes until 7/10/2012, with Grand Prize winner announced on 7/11! You can vote once a day. Tell your friends to come and vote, too. The more the merrier!

*Disclaimer: The prizes mentioned above were provided by our sponsors at no cost to me!

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. P'Gell July 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    They all look SO hideous. I’m not going to make them. I’ll have to go on sight and potential gag worthiness and Tom’s expressions.

    A hard choice, indeed.

  2. Marleena A July 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    It has to be the Chicken Ice Cream. Yuck doesn’t even begin to describe the hideousness of it.

  3. Laura July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Oh, my gag reflex is quivering at the indecision. I think it really is down to the chicken ice cream (mouth feel? food non-sequitur?) and the molded seafood salad (rank odor?smushy texture?) Seriously, I can’t decide which is more awful! It’s going to be a close one!

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