It's official: Jell-O is the state's preferred snack.

But there are a few people who don't agree with that designation, albeit with tongue-in-cheek.

SR5, "Resolution Urging Jell-O Recognition," passed the state Senate with a vote of 25-3, following a performance by longtime Jell-O pitchman and comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday.

But during debate some senators had some fun putting up token opposition. They questioned whether Utah's official snack should come from Utah, namely Snelgrove's ice cream.

"Ice cream is not sexy — it doesn't jiggle," said Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, during debate on the resolution. "But I raise the question: wiggle and jiggle or a Utah product?"

Davis was approached by Snelgrove's president, who was distressed about the announcement that Jell-O would take its place alongside the California gull, sego lily and Dutch oven as official state symbols.

The resolution was the brainchild of Sen. Leonard Blackham, R-Moroni.

"In recognizing Jell-O, we're recognizing it as a fun thing but also recognizing the importance we put on family, community and church," Blackham said.

Sen. Ron Allen, D-Stansbury Park, also weighed in against the resolution: "The suggestion that Jell-O is the carrot-sprinkled glue that holds the families together has pushed me over the edge," he said as he cast his "nay" vote.

Dissenters aside, the Utah Legislature enjoyed a break to hear Cosby rattle off one-liners to a joint conference of the Senate and House of Representatives. He came as part of a celebration of SR5 and in recognition of Utah as the No. 1 per-capita consumer of Jell-O.

He had the chamber roaring with laughter as he joked about their job, the wiggly stuff itself, the infamous green gelatin Olympic pin, and the 2002 Winter Games.

"We're going to show the French something they've never seen before," Cosby said. "We're going to show them lime Jell-O with little shreds of carrots in it."

Lawmakers made Cosby an honorary citizen of Utah.


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