Nestled among the names of a few restaurants & esoteric museums on my “Things I Didn’t Get to Do While I Was in Mexico City” inventory, one activity regarding jello sits there on my list of regrets. Jello wrestling, you ask optimistically? No, my friends. It is actually a cooking class that I had my eye on, entitled “Gelatinas Individuales 3D” (a.k.a 3D Individual Gelatins). The, uh, jello school I found is called Gelart Floral with instructor Lourdes Reyes Rosas; check out her course offerings here.
I was never quite able to convince myself that I should pay $1550 pesos (~$123 USD) for a class about jello when growing up in the Midwest, one is already instilled with such a treasure trove of knowledge about how to suspend bits of fruit and/or veg in terrifying jello salads. But the thing is, these are different. If you reside in Mexico, perhaps you’ve already seen them being sold at a street stand or carried around the Zocalo in those multi-leveled glass dessert housings? They are small, individual-sized (maybe 4″ in diameter?), half-sphere jello molds that appear to have a flower trapped inside of them. A THREE DIMENSIONAL flower trapped inside of them. How did it get there? How are its petals formed with such precision? Does it taste any good? These are all open questions for me. Don’t make yourself suffer in ignorance, as I have been doing for the last month.
The reason I highlight these jello art forms to you today– I am still on Lourdes’ mailing list that announces her monthly schedule of jello training in addition to other dessert lessons, like how to make the traditional Rosca de Reyes that is made each January with a plastic baby Jesus baked inside of it. (Come on, surely THAT piques your curiosity enough to book a flight to Mexico right now!!) Anyway, another Gelatinas Individuales 3D class is coming up this month!! Monday December 13th, folks, in Colonia Navarte, Mexico DF. Sure, it’s during the workday from 11-3, but tell me that you’re not the least bit intrigued…? Yes or no: these would be the most novel thing you’ve ever seen at a dinner party? I say yes!
Basically, I am counting on one of my Mexico City friends to go take this class, and then come visit me in Arlington, VA and teach me how to make these gems. What’s in it for you, you might ask? Well, besides the obvious benefit of becoming the Most Talented Jello Artist in your family/circle of friends, I feel like this is probably also good clown training. Don’t these feel like something a clown might hand out at a birthday party? A trendy, fashionable clown? So you can also consider this career retraining– arm yourself today with the skills to compete in the economy of tomorrow!! (Assuming it is an economy dependent on highly-skilled clowns.)
To get more info about the class, drop Lourdes an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to get in touch once you are a certified Gelatinologist, and I look forward to learning all that you know. The world thanks you in advance for spreading the magic of Mexican jello molds across borders.