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New Jello-O “toys” encourage kids to make dining rooms stickier, grosser

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There are not enough sanitizing wipes in all the Costcos in all the world to combat Jell-O’s new product, Jell-O Play. USA Today reports the company is launching the line of molds and cookie cutters aimed to make kids play with their food even more than those filthy rugrats already do.

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Parents, brace yourselves. Because Jell-O is not already an inherently sticky enough product, the company wants to encourage kids to make Lego-esque Jello-O logs to create “a jiggly Jell-O fortess.” Or, as parents and babysitters refer to it, their worst tabletop nightmare.

The products are targeting kids ages 4-12, according to USA Today. I don’t have kids myself, but I seem to remember from my babysitting days that this specific demographic requires little cajoling in order to create a banana airplane, smooshed grape swimming pool, or yogurt ski mountain. (I’m still plucking fuzz-crusted food off a sweater I wore while babysitting three months ago.) These food sculptures are second only to the joy of flinging food off the table with abandon, rendering dining-room carpet a juice-covered Rorschach test.

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And what about germs or bacteria? Jell-O Play packages “include instructions on how to properly wash hands and the molds.” Oh, and it suggests kids eat their Jell-O toy creations within the hour.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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