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Jell-O named Utah's official state snack

Jell-O named Utah's official state snack

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It's official. Utah's snack of choice is, to the surprise of no one who lives here, Jell-O.

The Utah Legislature screeched to a halt Wednesday to recognize Jell-O and pay tribute to Jell-O huckster and comedian Bill Cosby.

Lawmakers approved a resolution designating Jell-O the state snack.

Salt Lake City has the highest per capita consumption of the dessert in the world — a distinction lost last year to Des Moines, Iowa, but regained this year.

With the state back on top, lawmakers seized the opportunity to declare Jell-O the favorite snack of Utah and set aside an official Jell-O week.

"This is not just a matter of selling more Jell-O, although we came on private planes," Cosby joked. He said the reason for Jell-O's popularity is that Utah is a family state.

"This is a state of family and in consuming all of this gelatin and pudding, you have said you are a state that brings family wherever you go," said Cosby, who was made an honorary Utah citizen.

It was too much for Sen. Ron Allen to stomach. He voted against the snack resolution.

"The suggestion that Jell-O is the carrot-sprinkled glue that keeps families together has pushed me over the edge," he said.

Sen. Gene Davis offered ice cream as an alternative.

"Ice cream is not sexy. It's not wiggly and jiggly. But it is made in Utah," he said.

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