Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Choco Mint Freeze, Oliver Hardy and Leb's

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Choco Mint Freeze, Oliver Hardy and Leb's

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: I'm trying to find a recipe for choco mint freeze that appeared in the Journal Cooking Contest decades ago. I made it for special occasions but lost the recipe. Can you help?

Carole Fader

A.M., Jacksonville

Dear A.M.: Ivy Ogg's Choco Mint Freeze won first place in the pie and pastry dessert category of the Journal Cooking Contest in 1975. Here is Ogg's recipe:


1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers

3/4 cup butter

1 quart softened peppermint stick ice cream

2 squares unsweetened chocolate

3 well-beaten egg yolks

1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 well-beaten egg whites

Toss together crumbs and 1/4 cup butter, melted. Press into bottom of greased 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Spread with ice cream and freeze. Note: Use any flavor ice cream you prefer.

Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter and chocolate together. Gradually stir into egg yolks. Add sugar, nuts and vanilla. Cool thoroughly. Beat egg whites until stiff. Beat cooled chocolate mixture until smooth and fold in egg whites. Spread chocolate mixture over ice cream and freeze. Top with whipped cream, chopped nuts and cherries. Serves 10 to 12.

Update: A reader called to say that comedian Oliver Hardy once headlined at the old Burbridge Hotel, the subject of a recent Call Box column. The hotel, which was renamed the Floridan during World War II, was at West Forsyth and Clay streets before it was demolished in 1981.

Before he met Stan Laurel and became half of one of the most famed comedy duos, Hardy was a singer at the Burbridge's cabaret in 1916, according to his biographers. One account said he performed at Jacksonville's "posh Burbridge Hotel where Babe (his nickname) earned a reputation as the city's most popular entertainer."

He made himself the butt of comedy by billing himself as "The Ton of Jollity." His then wife, Madelyn Saloshin, a pianist, was director of the ragtime orchestra that played at the Burbridge. During the day, Hardy did some short pictures for Vim Comedy Company in Jacksonville before he discovered that its founders were stealing from the payroll, and the company folded in 1917. …

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