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The 2011 Jell-O Mold Competition Gets Jiggly With It

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The 2011 Jell-O Mold Competition went down on Saturday, and just like last year's, the hipsters were sweaty, the Jell-O shots and cans of PBR were plentiful, and the Jell-O mold sculptures gently wobbled as Jell-O is wont to do.

· This time students from the Cooper-Hewitt Design Scholars Program participated, and they brought their A-game. See the Esprell-O (winner in the "Aesthetics" category) and Dentures (winner in the "People's Choice" AND "Structural Integrity" categories) pieces.

· A work of note was "Jell-Obama," a bust of President Barack Obama inspired by his "favorite" candy, salted caramel. A Jell-O version of salted caramels were also on offer, featuring caramel sauce (made with Bailey's and Godiva Liquer) encapsulated inside chocolate pudding.

· Bonus points to NYC Resistor for their piece, "The Resistor Jeltone," a playable musical instrument that passed electric currents through the Jell-O keyboard.

· Also: Jeckers by Anney Fresh: Jell-O shot checkers. On taking an opponent's checker, you decide whether you or they do a Jell-O shot. That could lead to trouble.

Winners from the 2011 Jell-O Mold Competition

Grand Prize Winner: Jelly Fishin'; Peter Pracilio (www.peterpracilio.com)

Winner for Creativity (TIE): Team Urban Legend; Colleen Whiteley (www.colleenanderic.com), Eric Whiteley (www.colleenanderic.com), Matthew Keegan, and Brandon Hodges (www.bthodges.com)

Winner for Creativity (TIE): The Resistor Jeltone; NYC Resistor (www.nycresistor.com): Ranjit Bhatnagar, Astrida Valijorsky, Mimi Hui, and Catarina Mota

Winner for Aesthetics: Esprell-O; Leslie Finnie, Makayla Rodriguez, and Priscilla Acevedo (Cooper-Hewitt Design Scholars Program students and participants in 2011 Jell-O Mold Workshop)

Winner for Structural Integrity: Dentures; Kyla Blakney and Suzan Akpinar (Cooper-Hewitt Design Scholars Program students and participants in 2011 Jell-O Mold Workshop)

Winner for Culinary Appeal: Jell-O Dogs; Julia Samuels (www.crayolajunkie.com)

Special Jury's Bad-Ass Award: Edible Taxidermy: Where do eggs come from?; Hugh Hayden (www.hughhayden.com)

People's Choice: Dentures; Kyla Blakney and Suzan Akpinar (Cooper-Hewitt Design Scholars Program students and participants in Jell-O Mold Workshop)


· Jell-O Mold Competition [Official Site]
· The 2010 Jell-O Mold Competition Wobbles To and Fro [-E-]
· 2009 Jell-O Competition [Eat Me Daily]

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