Who remembers Jell-O Soft Swirl dessert mix from the ’70s?

Who remembers Jell-O Soft Swirl dessert mix from the 70s

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Jell-O’s Soft Swirl packaged dessert mix debuted in 1971, and joined its cousin — pudding mix — on supermarket shelves.

Compared to basic instant pudding, Soft Swirl was more mousse-like. With that in mind, in their promotional efforts, the company went for the angle that Soft Swirl was a fancier kind of dessert… good enough for guests, so a treat to have on regular days.

It was so fancy, in fact, that the Jello folks enlisted Florence Henderson (that’s Carol Brady to you) to introduce the stuff — and you can see one of those TV commercials below.

The last advertising mention of the product that we could find was from 1987, when the Swirl mix seems to have quietly disappeared. We think maybe Cousin Pudding was behind its demise, but that has not been confirmed by authorities.

Soft Swirl dessert mix from Jell-O (1972)

With Jell-O Soft Swirl’ you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to treat your family like company.

Four new desserts you can make in 15 minutes. They’ll remind you of the desserts you serve on Thanksgiving. They’re so easy to prepare you can whip them up any time. They look as special as they taste because Soft Swirl is the creamy dessert that peaks and swirls. Start Thanksgiving sooner this year, with the desserts that let you treat your family like company.

Pumpkin Treat. Prepare Vanilla Creme according to package directions. Blend with 1 cup canned pumpkin. Makes 5 servings.

Peach Shortcake. Cake cubes drizzled with peach syrup, topped with cut peach slices and prepared Peach Creme or Vanilla Creme Soft Swirl. Makes 6 servings.

Chocolate Graham Crunch. Prepared Chocolate Creme layered with crushed chocolate covered graham crackers. Makes 5 or 6 servings.

Mincemeat Rum Cup. Prepared Vanilla Creme blended with 2 tbsp. light rum or 1/2 tsp. rum extract and layered with 1 tbsp. moist mincemeat. Serves 4.

Soft Swirl dessert mix from Jello 1972 (2)

No-bake banana pudding with vanilla wafers (1956)

Soft Swirl creamy pudding-like dessert mix

How to treat your fmaily like company (in less than 30 minutes)

From the package: Easy directions

1. Pour 1-1/2 cups cold milk into a deep, narrow bowl. Add contents of package.

2. Thoroughly blend at a low speed of electric mixer. Then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.

3. Spoon into individual dishes. Chill. Dessert will be ready to eat in 15 minutes. Makes 4 servings, 1/2 cup each — 190 calories per serving.

Soft Swirl dessert mix like pudding from 1972

Jell-O just introduced Soft Swirl (So you can treat your family like company.)

Your family is among the nicest people in the world, aren’t they? So why shouldn’t you treat them like company every night.

We have a new kind of dessert — Soft Swirl — that fits right in with that kind of thinking. It’s rich and creamy, yet light enough to peak and swirl. In fact, you can serve Soft Swirl 15 minutes after you first think of it.

So pick a flavor. Strawberry Creme, Peach Creme, Vanilla Creme or Chocolate Creme. And see how easy it is to treat your family like company, even when there’s no company around.

Can you really make cookies with pudding mix? Find out for yourself with these 7 vintage pudding cookie recipes

Vintage Jell-O Soft Swirl dessert mix (1972)

Florence Henderson for Soft Swirl (TV commercial)

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8 Responses

  1. I really loved that Jell-O Soft Swirl Pudding that came in delicious flavors, like Chocolate, Vanilla, Peach & Strawberry. The Peach & Strawberry were my absolute favorites!! Can’t you try to put this item back on the shelves if not can you tell how I can get? I really do appreciate this a lot!!

  2. I loved this as a kid! I remember making my favorite, peach swirl! If Pawpaw didn’t have it when I got there, we would go to the grocery. Please bring back this product!

  3. For YEARS I been singing SS PRAISES. My wife, younger than I am- has no recollection about it!

    If I could find some I would scoop it up just to have!

    I am so happy others actually remember it!

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