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Homemade Cho Chos

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Roger 
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 10:34 PM
Subject: Homemade Cho Cho Ice Cream Bar Recipe


These bars are from the 1950's.  I don't have any idea if there is a 
"homemade" recipe available or not but thought if anyone would know it 
would be you possibly.  
I remember having them at school where they would sell ice cream in small 
individual sizes like Eskimo Pies and Ice Cream Sandwiches, etc.

These Cho Cho's were a malted flavor ice cream or ice milk that came on a 
stick and the Cho Cho's were circular. They were wrapped in paper (no plastic 
wrap back then), and you would roll the Cho Cho in the palms of your hands to 
soften the ice cream, so you could remove the paper and eat the ice cream. 

They came in a big plain cardboard box and the individual wrappers, as I recall, 
were yellow and green and may have had a clown on them. The chocolate covering 
had these malted milk crunchies in it and the ice cream itself, texture, flavor 
and everything was heavenly!
Thanks for any help you might be able to give me,

Midwest USA

Hello Roger,

You can still buy Cho Cho's at a few specialty ice cream shops like Tucker's Ice Cream in Alameda, CA.

You can also make something similar to Cho Chos at home according to this: Make Your Own Cho Cho's

Lots of people remember Cho Cho's. See these sites for reminisces:

Diana's Desserts




From: Barbara 
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:39 PM
Subject: Request for name of old kids' dessert

Hello, Phaed.

I’m looking for something that I think must be pretty obscure judging
by the lack of luck I’ve had searching.  It was a favorite kids’ treat
found at our little local Freida’s mom and pop store (and elsewhere).
This was my all time favorite when I was a kid in the 40’s.

It was a frozen dessert in a little Dixie cup, frozen on a stick.  The
cup I think I remember was basically brown and had a picture of a
clown on it.

The dessert was a really creamy chocolate malt flavor ice cream.
If you can find the name of it, and even a recipe, I’d be delighted.

Am I the only one who remembers this?

Thanks, Phaed, once again.


Hi Barbara,

I believe that you mean “Cho Chos”.

There’s a photo of them here:

Cho Chos Photo

There’s a lot of discussion about them and a recipe for homemade ones here:

Cho Chos message board and recipe


Hot Slaw with Eggs

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Hot slaw

1 sm. head cabbage (shredded, cooked drained)

1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1/4 c. vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Salt & pepper
Pat of butter
Small amount of cream or evaporated milk

Combine all ingredients except butter and cream. Pour over cooked cabbage and 
bring to boil. Add butter and cream. Serve hot.
Hot Cabbage Slaw

1 head cabbage
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6 tbsp. sugar

Shred cabbage. Boil it in water with salt until tender. Beat two eggs. 
Add sugar and a little vinegar to taste. Mix together. When cabbage is 
soft, add sauce. Cook until hot but do not boil.
Dutch Hot Slaw

6 c. shredded green cabbage
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. light cream

Cook cabbage 6 to 15 minutes, uncovered.  Drain and place in serving dish 
and keep hot.  melt butter in top of double boiler.  Then add eggs, vinegar, 
salt, sugar, paprika and water beaten together and cook over boiling water 
until thickens, while stirring remove from heat, add crream, beat with egg 
beater until fluffy and pour over hot cabbage. 

Maple Butter

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Maple butter

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. margarine
1 c. maple flavored syrup
1 egg

Cream all. Store in refrigerator.
Maple butter

1/2 c. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring

Beat together until creamy. Spread over waffles, pancakes, or french toast. 
Maple butter

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. maple syrup or to taste

Beat together until mixture is well blended and creamy.

North Carolina BBQ

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Eastern North Carolina Barbeque Sauce

Yield 2 cups  
1 cup white vinegar 
1 cup cider vinegar 
1 tablespoon brown sugar 
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco), or to taste 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon ground black pepper 

Combine the white vinegar, cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, 
hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper in a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting 
lid. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days before using so that the flavors will blend. 
Shake occasionally, and store for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. 
Western North Carolina Barbeque Sauce

1 cup ketchup 
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons approx.)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup minced onion 
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

Combine all in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Blue Willowware Poem

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Eva 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:43 PM
Subject: Not a recipe

Hello again Phad, my name is Eva

I am looking for a poem that was supposed to be about the Blue Willow Plate 
design, my mother used to be able to quote it, and I never wrote it down and 
cannot remember it. 

I did at one time find a partial poem of it, but the one I remember had more 
than the 6 or 8 lines I found. 

The only part of it I remember is, two doves flying high, 3 men walking by or 
something along those lines. 

I do remember that the one my mother quoted told the story as a star crossed 
pair of lovers running away the girl was to be married to an old man (important 
man of course) and hiding on an island, with boats out looking and fishermen 
crossing a bridge etc, and being found, and the lovers dying and turning into 
the doves flying high. 

I can no longer ask my mother as she died in 2003, and my memory is not as 
reliable as it should be, so cannot even remember the only poem I actually 
managed to memorize. 

I think it had at least 3 4-6 line verses, as she had it in print and I remember 
the page, I cannot find the book she had the page pasted in, either! 


Hello Eva,

There are dozens of versions, both long and short, of the blue willow poem. I cannot find one that is long and has the words exactly like you give them. Below are several versions, and see these sites:


tabbies and trains


orwell today

pottery magic


Blue willow Poem

Two pigeons flying high
Chinese vessel sailing by
Weeping Willow hanging or
Bridge with three men if not four
Chinese Temple here it stands
Seems to cover all the land
Apple tree with apples on
A pretty fence to end my song
Blue willow dishes poem

Two birds flying high
a little ship sailing by
a Chinese castle here it stands
facing many, many lands
a little bridge with three men on
a willow tree, that ends my song
"Two birds flying high, 
A little ship passing by, 
The gates where the sun shines over, 
Three men going to Dover, 
The apple tree, 
The little cottage by the sea." 
" Two little birds flying high, 
A little boat sailing by, 
A river with a bridge hanging o'er, 
With three men on, and sometimes four, 
A giant's castle there it stands, 
As if it was the lord of lands, 
An apple tree with apples on, 
A fence below, so ends my song." 
"Two birds flying high, 
A little ship sailing by. 
Wooden bridge they cross over, 
Three little men going to Dover; 
Iron bridge sun shines on, 
Apple tree with apples on ; 
Chinese mansion, willow tree, 
And a little cottage by the sea." 
"Two birds flying high,
A Chinese vessel sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese Temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands.
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song."

"The actual legend is of lovers running over the bridge to escape the 
young girl's father who disapproves of the match. His servants give 
chase over the bridge and shoot the lovers. Their spirits soar upward 
in the form of the two birds seen at the top of the pattern."
The Willowware Plate Story:

My Willowware plate has a story,
Pictorial, painted in blue
From the land of tea and the tea plant
And the little brown man with a queue. 

Whatever the food you serve, daughter
Romance enters into the feast,
If you only pay heed to the legend,
On the old china plate from the East. 

Koong Shee was a mandarin's daughter
And Chang was her lover, ah me,
For surely her father's accountant
Might never wed pretty Koong Shee. 

So Chang was expelled from the compound,
The lover's alliance to break,
And pretty Koong Shee was imprisoned
In a little blue house by the lake. 

The Doughty old mandarin reasoned
It was time that his daughter should wed,
And the groom of his choosing should banish,
That silly romance from her head. 

In symbols the dress she should wear,
Her headband of scarlet lay waiting,
She should ride in a gold wedding chair. 

He was busily plotting and planning,
When a message was brought him one day,
Young Chang had invaded the palace, 
And taken his sweetheart away. 

They were over the bridge when he saw them,
They were passing the big willow tree,
And a boat at the edge of the water,
Stood waiting for Chang and Koong Shee. 

The furious mandarin followed,
The groom with revenge in his eyes,
But the little boat danced on the water
And traveled away with the prize. 

But vengeance pursued to their shelter
And burned the pagoda, they say
From out of the flames rose the lovers
A pair of doves winging away. 

They flew toward the western heaven
The pretty Koong Shee and her Chang
Or so says the famous old legend
From the land of the Yangtze Kiang. 

I wouldn't be one to deny it,
For the little blue dove and her mate
Forever are flying together
Across my Willow ware plate. 

Author unknown


There are likely several books that have a version of the poem in them.

There is no "official" version of the poem. One of the short versions is most likely the original or closest to the original. The longer versions were written by writers wishing to elaborate on the story.

If the pattern came from China originally, as some say, then the original poem may have been translated from one of those short Chinese poems that are sometimes captions for Chinese paintings.(On the other hand, the pattern may have originally been an illustration of a Chinese poem that came first...)


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