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Why does Jello have a smell when you add the powder in the water, but when it "gels" the smell is gone?


Asked by jodi205 at 2:25 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • This is a wild guess, but I am thinking that the powder is so fine that particles of it spread out in the air and get to the smell organ or whatever it is called inside the nose. But when the jello is gelled that the particles no longer fly about.

    Answer by Bmat at 2:31 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • i just dont know!

    Answer by three-for-now at 2:26 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • probably b/c it's some radioactive poison or something that we shouldn't be eating:)lol

    Answer by calliesmommie at 2:29 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • it evaporates, the smell that it.


    Answer by louise2 at 2:31 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • lol never thought about it

    Answer by efmeador0709 at 2:32 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Jell-O, like all gelatin products (including those made for photographic and laboratory use, as well as for desserts!) is made out of hides, bones, and inedible connecting tissue! Gelatin can be extracted from any kind of animal, but cows are most common.
    If you've ever made a batch of chicken soup from scratch, you've probably seen how it gets stiff and Jell-O like after it sits in the fridge...That's because boiling the chicken in water extracts the gelatin from the carcass, just like a miniature version of the commercial gelatin factories!

    Frosty Strawberry Pie

    Under-The-Sea Salad


    Answer by tlc-mom at 2:39 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Commercial gelatin making starts by grinding up bones. The crushed bones are then soaked in a strong base to soften them, and then passed through progressively stronger acid solutions, until the end result isn't recognizable as bones at all! Then the whole mess is boiled for hours to extract the gelatin...and this part really makes a stink!

    Finally, the gelatin layer is skimmed off the boiling pot, and dried into a powder. With added sugar, flavorings, and artificial color, it's ready to become a jiggly dessert! Have a look at

    Answer by tlc-mom at 2:39 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • isn't this gross ewwww....hahaha


    Answer by tlc-mom at 2:40 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • well gee thanks for ruining my question tlc. lmao just kidding

    Answer by jodi205 at 2:43 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • LOL I will not eat it after finding this out eww my kids still do lol


    Answer by tlc-mom at 2:44 PM on Mar. 24, 2009