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 thoughts on “Ice Cream Served in Orange Jack-o’-Lantern Shells

  1. 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

    1. I cut the face out before I hollowed it out. Then I cut the top off, and used a paring knife with a sharp point to loosen the membranes. I then scooped it out with a spoon and scraped the sides with the spoon.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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). ;)

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