This post has actually been a long time in the making. Ever since I started Mid-Century Menu, I have wanted to have a Jell-O flavor timeline on the blog, but I could never nail down the dates well enough to feel comfortable with my information. Part of the problem was the fact that early on, Jell-O production changed hands a lot until they were acquired by General Foods in the 1930s. And General Foods is only able to give information from when they started making Jell-O, not from before.
But now, thanks to the wonderful research done by The Jell-O Gallery Museum, I am actually able to put a timeline together!
Isn’t it marvelous? I have been collecting images of Jell-O packaging for a while, but my collection got a huge bump after I visited the museum. I have some pretty good examples for the timeline if I do say so myself. Feel free to share it as many places as you like, just please credit the site and refrain from editing the timeline.
Also, if you have any additional images of flavors or Jell-O packaging, please feel free to share! I don’t want this project to be over, so I’m hoping people out there will have more than what I have!
And, if you like lots of detail, here it is all typed out!!
The Timeline of Jell-O Flavors From 1897 to 1997
1897 – The original four Jell-O gelatin flavors were raspberry, strawberry, lemon, and orange.
1904 – Cherry and chocolate flavors are introduced.
1907 – Introduction of peach flavor. (1907-1918)
1918 – Coffee flavor is introduced, but only in certain regions.
1930 – Lime flavor is introduced, accompanied by a recipe book.
1942 – Cola flavor is available, but is discontinued by the end of the year.
1955 – Apple flavor is available.
1956 – Three “deep, dark and delicious” flavors, black cherry, grape, and black raspberry are introduced.
1961-1965 – A variety of fruit flavors are introduced, including blackberry, orange-banana, lemon-lime, strawberry-banana, and pineapple-grapefruit. In addition, two “salad” flavors are available: celery and mixed vegetable.
1965 – Seasoned tomato and Italian salad are available.
1965 – Mr. Wiggle, and artificially sweetened gelatin for children, is introduced.
1968 – Wild strawberry, wild raspberry, and wild cherry are introduced.
1969 – Jell-O 1-2-3 offered for a brief time and reintroduced in 1989 and discontinued in 1996.
1975 – Peach flavor returns.
1978 – Apricot is added to the list.
1978 – Blackberry is reintroduced.
1992 – Introduced Berry Blue.
1993 – Introduced Watermelon.
1994 – Cranberry is introduced and grape is reintroduced.
1995 – Introduced cranberry-strawberry and cranberry raspberry.
1996 – Introduced island pineapple and peach passion fruit.
1997 – Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jell-O, Sparkling White Grape, “the Champagne of Jell-O” is introduced.
So, that’s it so far! I hope you all enjoyed it because I had fun making it! Oh, and if anyone has a picture of Cranberry Jell-O boxes from the late ’90s, I could totally use a picture!