Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Twenty-Five Things That Made Genesee County Famous: #1 Jell-O

In a LeRoy, New York kitchen in 1897, a carpenter named Pearle B. Wait, while experimenting with fruit flavored products discovered a formula his wife called Jell-O.

Wait sold the formula to another local businessman named Orator T. Woodward for $450 and under the Woodward’s family leadership, Jell-O became America’s Famous Dessert.

Jell-O became a household word and was manufactured in LeRoy until operations were moved to Dover, Delaware in 1964.

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