The Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake

You will need:
1 (3 ounce) package lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
4 Tablespoons lemon juice ( less if you don’t want to much lemon)
1 can Carnation Evaporated milk, well chilled
Graham crackers, crushed

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Cool until slightly thickened.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice with mixer until smooth. Add thickened Jell-O and beat well.

In a separate bowl, beat the Carnation milk until fluffy. Add cream cheese/Jell-O mixture and beat well with mixer.

Line bottom of 9 x 13-pan with crushed Graham crackers.

Spread filling over and top with more crushed Graham crackers. Chill.

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52 thoughts on “The Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake

  1. My husbands Grandmother gave me this recipe. Instead of lemon juice she added a can of drained crushed pineapple. It is out of this world. She would place it in the freezer and bring it to family reunions

  2. My late aunt used to double recipe and make this for my brother’s birthday every single year. It was his favorite birthday cake. Sometimes he would even share. 🙂

  3. I did not know know where this recipe came from bu,t I have made this for over forty years. It is the favorite of my whole family. It must be carnation milk(large) can. I use large lemon jello and two graham cracker crust pie shells or three small ones.

  4. I have made this recipe for many many years. My children grew up loving it. My siblings love it also. The things I do differently: I chill the aluminum bowl, the beaters and the milk overnight. For the crust : I add about 3 tbls. of Powder Sugar and 3 tbls. of Light Brown Sugar and about 3/4 stick of butter, melted, I mix it all together and pat it into the pan. Very good !!

  5. 12 oz can – well chilled. Also use a glass bowl and for best results chill the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour (the beaters too!)

  6. Please help me. I could never get the evaporated milk to fluff. When i added it to the main mixture it turned soupy. It never held it never gelled. Did i miss something? Thanks

  7. I used to work at the Woolworths in downtown Mpls.. They had the best food. all homemade. Still remember their layered banana cake. Will have to try this cheese cake.

  8. Please finish recipe. Evaporated milk can size? Do we crush graham crackers and use butter with it and how many? Do we use pre-made pans? What size and how many? I would like to make this this weekend. Help

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