‘Jell-O Cup’ will get jiggly


Among Peter Cooper’s myriad inventions was powdered gelatin. The Cooper Union founder created it with his wife, Sarah, and later received a patent for it in 1845.

Now, an event will honor the Father of Jell-O back where it all began. On Sun., April 13, the Cooper Union Alumni Association will hold the first-ever Peter Cooper Jell-O Challenge.

Individuals or teams may compete. Entries do not have to be edible but must include gelatin or any kind of gelatin alternatives. There will be no refrigeration on site, so participants should plan accordingly.

An early label for “gelatine,” later known as Jell-O.
An early label for “gelatine,” later known as Jell-O.

Entries will be judged based on visual appeal, creativity and originality; sculptural ingenuity, size and detailing; structural integrity; and use of mold.

The Jell-O event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with judging at 3 p.m. To enter, e-mail  Foundersday2014@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

It’s all part of the Peter Cooper Block Party, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette St. There will be art, workshops, music and food and beverage vendors.