Mmm… celery and Kool-Aid!

War-time recipes were often makeshift affairs, with food being rationed in some instances and just plain hard to get when dealing with imported goods.

This was a time when potato candy and onion cake were things, so it probably wasn’t so weird to see an ad for ways you could use lemon-lime Kool-Aid to make other things.

Two things stand out to me, though.

First, the idea of cramming celery, radish, carrots and cucumber into Jell-O with Kool-Aid flavouring is odd.

But what’s mind blowing for me is, someone had to actually draw that image. With pencils. They had to make it transparent, cold, they had to deal with image offsets and angles to make it all look real. They had to work with limited colours, being as this was a magazine ad with only one colour being used, and the level of detail and shading used had to be done with knowledge of how it would all turn out when printed.

There’s some genius in this thing, I tell ya.

The recipe:

  • 1 envelope (1 level tbsp.) unflavored gelatine
  • 1/2 pkg. (5 level tsp.) Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup each of sliced celery, radishes, carrots and cucumber

Soften gelatine in cold water. Add hot water, stirring until dissolved. Add Kool-Aid and sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool, and when mixture begins to thicken, fold in sliced vegetables. Pour into molds or mold and place in refrigerator or cool place until firmly set.

Also, ‘buy war bonds.’ Roger that.

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