Never Too Old For Jell-O (Westwood Commons)

April 16, 2018 (North Chili, NY) ─ Seniors from Westwood Commons, a DePaul Senior Living Community in North Chili, took a trip into the past during a recent visit to the Jell-O Gallery Museum in LeRoy.

Westwood Commons residents Florence Michaloski and Mary Light; Joyce Vembre; Lucy Giglio and Activities Director Cathy Toney at the Jell-O Museum Gallery

Pictured clockwise above are Westwood Commons residents Florence Michaloski and Mary Light; Joyce Vembre; Lucy Giglio and Activities Director Cathy Toney at the Jell-O Museum Gallery.

“America’s Favorite Dessert” was born in LeRoy in 1897, but it took many more years and a few changes in ownership before Jell-O really became a household name. Sam Nico purchased the company from Frank Woodward in 1899 for $35. Thanks to a successful marketing campaign, sales amounted to $250,000 within the first year of Nico purchasing it.

Succeeding years saw Jell-O change from a hand-packaged business to a highly mechanized factory, and become one of LeRoy’s most important industries. In 1925, it was sold to the Postum Cereal Company, Inc. which would eventually become General Foods Corporation.

Residents asked a lot of questions and took a lot of photos on the museum tour. They reminisced about memories from their childhood, including the Jell-O theme song and some of the interesting recipes their mother’s made using Jell-O. Each one was given a box of Jell-O as a souvenir.

For more information about Westwood Commons, please contact Administrator Stacie Major at (585) 293-2060, at smajor@depaul.org or visit us on Facebook.