Trying a decades-old recipe for ‘jello salad’

This ‘salad’ is made out of … jello?

Video Transcript

DILLON THOMPSON: This jello salad has got to be one of the weirdest recipes we've ever tried on this show. And some kind of giant, jiggly, sea foam green mold of goo that tastes savory and sweet all at the same time. And, unfortunately, we're gonna try to make it.


Jello salad hasn't been popular for decades. This recipe actually goes all the way back to the '50s and '60s, back when having a refrigerator was sort of a status symbol. And you have to refrigerate jello, so if you could make a lot of jello, that meant you were pretty cool.

And, as it turns out, my grandfather, Freddy "The Cool" Thompson, was actually a famous socialite of the refrigerator jello era. He was known as a party animal, one of the coolest guys in the room. So let's see if I can make my grandpa proud by giving this recipe a go.

So to start, we're gonna mix six ounces of lime jello and six ounces of lemon jello into a pot of one and a half cups of boiling water. After that, we're gonna add a cup and a half of ice water and a cup of crushed, drained pineapple. Then we're gonna sit this baby in the fridge for 45 minutes to cool.

Now, here comes the really gross part. We're gonna mix two cups of cottage cheese, a cup of mayo, a can of sweetened condensed milk, some horseradish, and some lemon juice. And we're gonna mix all that into our sweet jello? And after that, we're going to put it in a mold and let it sit overnight before we try this monstrosity.

All right, this thing has been sitting in my fridge for a day, and it's time to try it. We're gonna test this on two main factors, appearance and, sadly, taste.

First up, appearance. This thing is honestly disgusting. It's one of the grossest looking things we've ever made on this show. I don't know how anyone ate this in the 1950s and '60s. I'm really scared to eat it. We're gonna give it a one out of five for appearance.

Next up, taste. This is the moment I've been the least excited for maybe ever on this show. I have a little cake slice of the jello salad, and I'm ready to dig in. Oh my goodness. [LAUGHS] That's really bad.

It's like sweet but also a little bit spicy. You can taste the horseradish, and the cottage cheese is lumpy in with the jiggly jello. The texture is one of the weirdest, grossest things I've ever tried in my whole life. We'll give it a two out of five for taste.

All right, so tallying up our scores, this thing gets an overall grade of three out of 10, which is really bad. Honestly, I have no idea what made it so cool in the '50s and '60s. What made my ancestor Freddy "The Cool" Thompson so popular if he was eating stuff like this? I can barely even handle a single bite of this, but I'm gonna try one more just for you guys. [GRUNTS]