Ice Cream Served in Orange Jack-o’-Lantern Shells

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, October 29, 1913: Ditto


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma and her sister Ruth were getting ready for a Halloween party they are going to host.

What foods were they planning to serve their guests?

The October, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal had the following suggestion:

Serve ice cream in orange  Jack-o’-lantern shells.


29 Responses

  1. Cute idea. I would serve orange sherbet in an orange :-)

  2. Never would have thought of this!
    Very creative

  3. Cute! I always like the smell of a hollowed orange. My ex mom-inlaw use to make a yummy orange mouse with the juice from a can of mandarins whipped with Philly and dream whip. then you fold back in the orange segments…yummy

  4. Going to try this one.

  5. This looks delicious :)

  6. So cute. (And I’m happy Grandma is excited about the party!)

  7. What’s the easy way to hollow the halloween orange rind?

  8. What a fantastic and unique idea!

  9. This is so cute and a great idea :)

  10. Sometimes my days are ‘Ditto’ too Grandma! Cute ice cream idea. My grandchildren will love it.

  11. Very clever. I first interpreted it to mean that the jack-o-lantern pumpkin shells are orange (obviously, but I’m often surrounded by redundancy and have come to accept it), and thought, hmmm, that would flavor the ice cream. Maybe sprinkle a little cinnamon in the shell, to make a pumpkin-pie-ish ice cream flabor? And then I looked closely at the picture…. That’s an ORANGE!

    I’m sending this to my daughter-in-law. She’ll love it.

  12. Love this idea. Plan to use this as a treat for the grandson since he loves oranges.

  13. I love the idea of ice cream in a pumpkin shell!

  14. This is so neat! I wonder if vanilla ice cream inside would have a hint of orange flavor?

    • When I made it, I made one for myself and one for my husband. We thought it added a slight orange flavor to the ice cream–though it wasn’t very strong.

  15. Great idea–and what a neat blog! Thank you for sharing your Grandma’s diary with us!

  16. Are you kidding me?……On the way home from Arizona last week, my husband stopped and bought me a HUGE bag of oranges. I searched the Internet today to see what I can do with them. I opened your blog post just before heading to the grocery store. I LOVE this idea and will surprise hubby with a special Halloween dessert tonight. (I think we’re on the same wave length). ;)

  17. What a fun idea! And how wonderful to have your grandmother’s diaries!

  18. I love all the Halloween party prep goodies. Really fun to hear how much our ancestors enjoyed the Holiday!

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