I was thinking of this earlier today, as last night The Tim mentioned a well-known family favorite, and wondered if any of his siblings made it as part of their Christmas dinner dessert. I was first exposed to this "delicacy" the first year we were married, and had left my family's house to go have Christmas dinner with his. All of his siblings were going to be there, and his Aunt Betty was bringing the much-anticipated dessert.
The contents are (and no, I do not know the specific measurements because I don't ever want to know):
I try to be adventurous with food, and like to try new things. But I just could not bring myself to even take a taste of this concoction, because it was a) *very* purple, and b) very ugly, and c) IT IS CALLED "SLUMGUM."
Did you hear me there???? It's called SLUMGUM.
Which begs the question of why something, especially a "dessert," has a name that makes it sound like it was scraped off a dirty sidewalk? The Tim has no explanation for this, other than that's what they have always called it. I remember at the Christmas dinner referenced above, his oldest niece, who was about 2 years old at the time, and visiting from California with her parents, said to her mother, "Do you see that purple stuff there? Don't eat it, it's really yucky." Fortunately everyone laughed, because I found it hilarious.
Anyway, as I was writing this post, I decided to search Google Images for "slumgum." Most of the images had to do with beeswax, a few were macaroni and beef concoctions, but oddly enough, none of them included anything related to grape jello and additional ingredients ...
Here is one of the photos related to beeswax
Trust me, this looks way better than what I'm talking about!