It's likely that your great-grandmother's recipe was something like the following. The "crust" of ladyfingers is essential if you want the dessert to be freestanding; with the added ice cream, the Jell-O loses its firmness and can't stand up on its own. It's delicious simply out of a bowl, though, if you don't happen to have a dozen ladyfingers around! A more modern variation could involve split Twinkies in place of the ladyfingers.
|Ice Cream Party Dessert|
An ice cream and gelatin mixture for a special occasion. 2 packages (3 oz. each) or 1 package (6 oz.) Jell-O Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, or Raspberry Gelatin. 3 1/2 cups boiling water. 1 quart vanilla ice cream. 12 ladyfingers, split. Dissolve Jell-O gelatin in boiling water. Add ice cream by spoonfuls and stir until melted. Chill, stirring occasionally, until very thick. Trim ladyfingers to about 2 1/2 inch length; place around sides of 9-inch springform pan. Stir gelatin mixture and pour into pan. Chill until firm. Before serving, loosen and remove sides of pan. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream or prepared Dream Whip Dessert Topping and fruit, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
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