… I know I almost did.
Sadly, I could not find a commercial (not much info is out there at all, really) but believe me when I tell you that Jell-O 1-2-3 was… kinda okay? I think..? Oh well, who cares? It’s Jell-O and it’s from 1980s and that’s all you need to know to say you wish you had a giant bowl of it sitting in front of you right now!
Here’s the idea behind this concoction: you mix up your Jell-O and let it sit and as it sits it magically separates into not one, not two but three (oh… I get it! 1-2-3!!!!) layers of Jell-O goodness. Going by memory and from the look of the box, the first layer is basically foam, which I remember thinking to be really weird. Think fruit-flavored shaving cream. The second layer is more of a mousse. Think Yoplait’s Whips! line of light & fluffy yogurt. Then the bottom layer is the traditional jiggly Jell-O gelatin. Think gelatin.
People like to add weird stuff on top of Jell-O (and even inside it), but I’ve always thought any gelatin can and should stand (wiggle) on its own. The mix of foam, mousse and gelatin made for a culture clash of textures in my mouth. Nothing wrong with the flavors at all (orange and strawberry) but it was just too many textures and consistencies at once. I would’ve eaten Jell-O Instant Mousse. I would have eaten Jell-O Instant Foam. I just don’t think they matched up well alongside Jell-O gelatin.