The Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake

by Rachel

This famous cheesecake recipe came from the Woolworth store. The store used to sell predominantly cheaper items, between 5 and 10 cents. As it gained popularity, it introduced a wider selection of goods. The store also got its own lunch counter, which is where the famous Woolworth cheesecake came from.

This recipe is very easy to recreate. For starters, it’s a no-bake cake, so you won’t even need the oven. The ingredients are not too complicated, making for an awesome dessert any day. The light lemon flavor of the Jell-O in combination with the creamy texture of the cheesecake makes for a flawless dessert.

How to make the Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake?

Dissolve the Jell-O in boiling water and cook it until it thickens slightly.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice in a mixer until the consistency is smooth.

Add Jell-O to the mix and beat.

In a separate bowl, beat the Carnation milk until it’s fluffy.

Combine it with the cream cheese mixture and beat well with a mixer.

Fill the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with crushed Graham crackers.

Add the filling on top.

Cover the top with more crushed Graham crackers.

Chill for some time.

Should I chill the bowl and whisk before beating the cream cheese for the Woolworth cheesecake?

Some recipes ask you to chill the bowl and whisk attachment of your mixer before you mix the ingredients. If your freezer allows for it, do it! Place the bowl and whisk in the freezer at least for half an hour before whisking. Milk is harder to whip because it has a lower fat content than whipping cream. Chilling the whisk really helps with that.

How is a Woolworth cheesecake different from a regular cheesecake?

This Woolworth cheesecake is a little bit different from a regular cheesecake. It’s velvety and creamy, with a taste of lemon. You feel like you’re eating a cloud; it just melts in your mouth! If you’re afraid of the lemon flavor overpowering the cake, don’t worry! The lemon is so subtle that it’s just right.

What’s the difference between a baked and no-bake cheesecake?

A no-bake cheesecake doesn’t contain any eggs. The reason you come across baked cheesecakes is because eating raw eggs is unsafe for humans. A no-bake cheesecake doesn’t require baking; it sets in the fridge.

The Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake

Serves: 8 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 1 (3 ounce) package lemon Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, light
  • 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.
ine 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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