Saturday, November 10, 2007

Only in Utah

Did you know that Jell-O is Utah's "Official Snack Food"? Yes indeed, the state legislature passed the resolution a couple of years ago. Heck, Bill Cosby's an honorary Utah citizen because of his Jell-O commercials. When the Olympics were here in 2002, there was a green Jell-O (with julienne carrots) commemorative pin. Sold like hot cakes, very collectable.

Jell-O has other uses besides eating... It makes an excellent temporary hair dye. Provided, of course you want purple, green or orange hair. It's cheap. I know teenagers who swear by it.

Here's what's been in the newspaper every day for the last week:

Break the mold and write a Jell-O haiku
The Salt Lake TribuneArticle
Last Updated: 11/06/2007 06:54:25 PM MST

Write a haiku about your family's favorite holiday Jell-O salad for the The Tribune's inaugural Jell-O Salad Haiku Contest and win cookbooks and other food prizes.
Be silly, funny or sarcastic. Just send your poem, the recipe and, if you're really ambitious, a high-resolution photo of the Jell-O creation to

What can a witless wanderer do besides write the dang haiku:

Fruit jewels in bright jell
Autumnal, ephemeral
And it jiggles too

When the Engineer heads out of town Sunday, I plan to make orange Jell-O with mandarin orange slices and take that hi-rez photo. Tah-dah! Pretty spiffy picture of fall themed jello, don't ya think?