Topic: Cho Cho Ice Cream Bars From The 50's

diana    -- 12-04-2002 @ 7:26 PM

This is Diana from this website. I am looking for a recipe for as I call them "Cho Cho Bars". I had them when I was a child in the 50's. I remember having them at school where they would sell ice cream in small individual sizes like Eskimo Pies, and Ice Cream Sanwiches, 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.

If anyone remembers these, please let me know, and if anyone has a recipe for them, or a "Malted Flavor Ice Cream", or frozen dessert, I'd really appreciate you sharing it with me.

Thank you in advance.
Diana's Desserts Website.

Patty    -- 01-26-2003 @ 6:54 AM
  Hi Diana,

I remember Cho Cho Bars from the 50's very well.  I really loved them and purchased them from the corner candy store.  I have searched off and on through the internet to see if anyone else remembered them or had a recipe but haven't been successful until your post.

Have you had any results?


diana    -- 01-26-2003 @ 8:46 AM
  Hi Patty,

Thanks for responding to me post on the Discussion Forum. No I haven't had any luck either. No one, except yourself has replied to my post on Cho Cho Bars. There must be people, (other than you and I) that had them and someone must have a recipe.

I also did a search on the internet with no results. They were so good, weren't they?

Well, if I get any responses, I will post the information here, and if anyone has a recipe, I'll put it on my website under Frozen Desserts in My Recipe Book on this website.

Good luck, and who knows maybe someones will know something.

Where did you grow up at, if you don't mind me asking. I grew up in San Francisco, and I thought maybe they might be a local treat of some kind.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Patty    -- 01-26-2003 @ 2:52 PM
  I grew up in the Midwest, Rockford, Illinois.  I'll keep searching and maybe we will come up with something.  Cho Cho Bars were VERY delicious.  


molloy69    -- 02-01-2003 @ 5:52 PM
  I can't believe somebody else remembers Cho-Cho's! 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! I couldn't wait to get home every day and eat one of them! I lived in Agra, Oklahoma, at the time, with my grandmother who raised me. Can any one tell me if they are still made anywhere or even who made them so long ago? Thanks!!!

Best regards, Debra

mgardner    -- 02-09-2003 @ 7:16 AM
I might have a malt flavored ice cream recipe. Not sure. It will take some looking through old recipes. I will pass along a malted brownie recipe I have that is very good. I love the flavor of malt in food and drinks.
I am going out of town for the week so it will be when I return.

Sincerely, Martha

diana    -- 02-09-2003 @ 11:42 AM
  Hi Martha,

When you return I'd love for you to submit your recipes for Malted Brownies, and Malt Flavored Ice Cream.
I've never made malted brownies, sounds good.

Have a good trip.

Sincerely, Diana

molloy69    -- 02-09-2003 @ 11:49 AM
  Does anybody remember the name of the company who manufactured the Cho-Cho's sold in Oklahoma in the 50's? They came in a crinkly white paper cover with yellow and green writing and I think maybe a picture of a clown? They came in a plain large brown cardboard box. The bars were, I think, long and flat and rounded on the top, kind of like the Eskimo Pie bars are shaped now. Seems like there was a hump in the middle over the stick.

Best regards, Debra

dteresa    -- 03-04-2003 @ 8:38 AM
  I am so excited (and relieved!) to FINALLY find people who remember Cho-Cho's!!!!!!

The only one who remembered them was my dad.  The rest of my family thought I was nuts and, over the years, I began to wonder if they were right - LOL!  I could never find anyone else who remembered them.

Thanks much for the reminiscing.  Cho-Cho's were great!

bobalama    -- 05-08-2003 @ 5:52 PM
  Amazing, others remember cho cho's!  Reading
the responses it appears it was not local to Seattle
like I thought, but in several places in the USA.

I think the product was produced in many locations
by local dairy or ice cream makers.

The reason I believe that  is the product I bought
was always perfect.  If you think back to buying
frozen foods shipped from accross country in the
50's, before freeways, often the frozen package
was like an ice block or encrusted with ice.

I suggest checking your local dairy and ice cream
makers and see if they have a website that might
have a history or someone you could call.

I look forward to finding a source for cho cho's or a


bobalama    -- 05-18-2003 @ 2:54 PM
  Cho Cho lovers of the 50's, check out the following

The description of Cho Cho on the website sounds
like the real deal.  So if you are in the Alameda, CA
area, please check it out and let us know if it is
what you remember.



diana    -- 05-18-2003 @ 6:32 PM
  Hi Bob,

That's great. How did you find the website for Tucker's Ice Cream. It's like a miracle.

I live about an hour's drive from Alameda, so one of these days, I'll have to take a drive there and try their Cho Cho's. They certainly sound exactly like the ones I had as a child. I just can't believe it.

Thank you so much, and when I go there, I will bring a container (filled with ice or those Ice Packs) and bring some home and put them in my freezer. I'll also let you know how they taste. I can't wait!!

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

bobalama    -- 05-19-2003 @ 3:03 PM
  Diana, how did I find Tucker's Ice cream?  I had
been trying things in Google and what worked was
a search that is:

"chocolate malt ice cream cho cho".

That did it!  I figured everyone tried "cho cho", so
was looking for another approach.  I just wish I
was closer to try it myself.  I am in Seattle, so let
me know if it is the real thing, if so the next time in
Calif,  I will go there myself.

Please check if they make it themselves or buy
from a distributor.



Lucy    -- 05-23-2003 @ 10:06 PM
  I was a young child living in San Francisco when I had my first Cho Cho Bar back in the early  60s. It was sooo good.

I found the following site on the Web and this sttore specifically talks about having the Cho Cho Bar on it's menu under Fountain Items.
Hope this helps.

Lucy    -- 05-23-2003 @ 10:15 PM
  I see you already received the Web site for Tuckers.
I didn't realize there was a 2nd page of msgs.
Hope you were able to make a connection and indulge in a great treat.

Patty    -- 05-27-2003 @ 6:29 AM
  The Tucker's Ice Cream site describes Cho Cho's just as I remember them, in a cup with a stick.  And we used to roll them between our palms to pop them out of the cup.  Too bad I live so far from Tucker's!  If anyone has a chance to try them, I'd like to know if it tastes like you remember.

Turbojoe    -- 08-25-2003 @ 7:02 AM
  My sister and I were just reminiscing about Cho-Cho Bars.  We used to get them at Mr. Ford's Variety Store in Kansas City in the late 40's and 50's.  I wish I had a recipe but wish I could find a place to buy them even more.  I was very pleased to find so many others remembered them fondly.

lonetree1353    -- 08-28-2003 @ 12:20 AM

We didn't have these in Canada that I recall but found this while looking through the internet. Thought it might bring back memories for those of you who used to enjoy them. I love malted anything so I can imagine how good these must have been.


Jim    -- 09-06-2003 @ 9:29 AM
  I am truly amazed at the interest in Cho Cho's. I was reminiscing with my wife about the wonderful malt ice cream that I enjoyed as a boy in San Francisco in the 40's and 50's (it was my father's favorite!) I did a Google search and came upon this discussion. I remember the 5 oz. cup variety with smooth ice cream, not the crunch bar. Although, I think the artwork and clown picture on the bar wrapper submitted by Maureen was the same - evidently both products of the Cho Cho Company. My wife and I recently went to Alameda and tried Tucker's Cho Cho. The malt ice cream tasted the same, but lacked the fun clown printed wrapper.

Best Regards, Jim

diana    -- 09-06-2003 @ 11:57 AM
  Hi Jim,

This is Diana from this website. Welcome to the Diana's Desserts Discussion Forum, and to Diana's Desserts website.

I grew up in San Francisco in the late 40's and 50's. I also don't remember the Cho Cho's having the crunch thing. I just remember the plain malted ice cream, smooth as you say.

They were great. Were the ones you had at Tucker's on a stick in a cup too?

I was thinking about taking a drive to the east bay to try them. Is it worth it?

Again, welcome. I hope you enjoy my website.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Jim    -- 09-14-2003 @ 9:12 AM
In response to your question about tasting the "Cho-Cho's" at Tucker's, the choc-malt ice cream was in a cup and on a stick. Although Tucker's has been around since the 40's, I don't think they were the original Cho-Cho company. The choc-malt was smooth and good, but like I said, did not have the magical clown wrapper. I think what made Cho-Cho's fun and different was the rolling between your hands to remove the cup, wrapper, and make the consistancy perfect for that first lick. More than the ice cream, though, the nostalgia of Tucker's and the many antique stores in Alameda would be worth a trip.

Best Regards, Jim

diana    -- 09-14-2003 @ 9:37 AM
  Hi Jim,

Thank you for posting the information on Cho Cho's, and also about Tucker's Ice Cream Parlor in Alameda.

I would love to go to Tucker's, and plan to sometime during the next few months. It sounds like a great nostalgic place to visit.

I also remember rolling the cup between my hands to remove the cup and wrapper. That, as you say, along with the "first lick" was the best part of the whole Cho Cho experience.

Do you have the address for Tucker's and which highway is it off of? Is it Hwy 80?

I hope posting my experience at Tucker's Ice Cream Parlor (once I have finally made it there) for anyone who is in the Bay Area and craves those great bars, to go there and enjoy the Cho Cho's too! Thank you so much for all of your very helpful information.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

starr1    -- 09-16-2003 @ 6:57 PM
  I found the following so you're not alone in wondering about these - but sorry it isn't a recipe!

When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I loved to eat Cho Chos so much that I got the nickname of "Cho-Cho". My family moved west when I was 10 years old and I never saw or heard of them again. Many years later, while working in the city of Oceanside, Cal., I met and married a wonderful woman. Lo and behold, while talking of our pasts, Doris mentioned how much she used to love eating cho chos as a child while visiting her grandparents in St. Louis, Mo. This was the first person I had ever met who even had heard of this treat. We often have wondered whatever happened to those delicious Cho Chos. --- George Ahrens, Brooklyn, NY 1931 (currently residing: Oceanside, CA) married to 1947 Baby Boomer: Doris Ahrens, St. Louis, MO

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Mich_Match    -- 01-02-2004 @ 5:42 AM
  I can't help but wonder if the ice cream bars you all have been talking about are like the ones that they sell at dairy queen. I have no real idea of what cho cho bars were like in the 50's i was born in the 80's :-D but by the way i read them describe i guess the dilly bars at dairy queen is what you'd be looking for.

diana    -- 01-02-2004 @ 8:57 AM
  Hi Mich_Match,

Welcome to Diana's Desserts Discussion Forum, and I hope you are having a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your idea about the dilly bars from Dairy Queen. I don't know if there are any Diary Queen's around this area where I live, but I will definitely try to find out. I know there is a Fosters Freeze in the next town to us. Some of these places like Dairy Queen and Fosters Freeze have gone out of business since the other "fast food" restaurants have become so popular, and also serve the soft serve ice cream.

When I find out, I will leave a message on this Discussion Forum, ok.

Thank you again.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Joanne    -- 01-18-2004 @ 7:16 AM
  Here are a few recipes I found for malt flavor ice cream

Milk Chocolate Malt Ice cream
Makes 1 quart

2 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
8 egg yolks
10 ounces white chocolate, broken or cut into small chunks
1/2 cup Horlicks malt powder

1.. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk and cream and bring to a boil.

2. In a large stainless steel mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Gradually pour the heated liquid into the bowl, whisking constantly. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.

3. Meanwhile, in a small stainless steel bowl or the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, melt the chocolate. Whisk into the heated milk mixture. Remove 1 cup of liquid and dissolve the malt powder in it. Return to the saucepan and mix well. Strain into a large mixing bowl and chill over ice cubes and cold water.

4. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

      3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
      1 cup sugar
      4 to 6 tablespoons malted milk powder
      2 cups half and half
      2 large eggs, lightly beaten
      1 cup whipping cream
      2 teaspoons vanilla
      Combine chopped chocolate, sugar, malted milk powder and half and half in heavy, medium saucepan. Place over low heat and cook, stirring, until chocolate is completely melted and sugar is dissolved. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly beat hot chocolate mixture into eggs in bowl. Return mixture to pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with whisk or wooden spoon, until custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let mixture boil or eggs will scramble.
      Remove from heat. Pour through strainer into large, clean bowl. At this point, custard should be homogeneous. If you see specks of chocolate, allow custard to cool slightly, then pour custard into blender and blend 30 seconds. Pour back into bowl. Stir in cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
      Stir chilled custard, then process in 1 or 2 batches in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions. When finished, ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.
      Makes about 1 quart or 8 servings.

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 cup malt powder
6 cups whole milk

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add malt
powder, stir until dissolved. Stir in milk; cover & chill. Pour mixture into
the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's

diana    -- 01-18-2004 @ 7:31 AM
  Hi Joanne,

Thank you so much for the Chocolate Malt Ice Cream recipes. I appreicate you taking the time to search for them. I will let you know when I try them, ok.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

rusty2    -- 03-14-2004 @ 9:21 PM
  My son always laughs at me when I tell him about Cho-Cho's and how delicious they were - haven't found anything like them.  You can buy malt cups but not with the rich delicious flavor they had back in the fifties.   I was born/raised in Athens, Wisconsin and that is where we enjoyed them.   My parents had a country tavern and our local ice cream distributor from Edgar, WI carried them.   Mathiesen's was the name of our ice cream company but I don't know if they made them or just distributed them.   They were in paper cups with a stick in the middle.   They had a little paper covering that you removed, then rolled them in your hands till they slipped out of the cup.   They were wonderful!!  I was really surprised to read about so many of you knowing about this treat from all over the country.


diana    -- 03-15-2004 @ 7:28 AM
  Hi SG,

Yes, it's so amazing that there are so many of us who remember Cho Cho's, especially from the 50's.

I tried another malt type treat from Walgreen's last year and it was not as "rich and tasty" as the Cho Cho's.

I guess Cho Cho's are just one more memory we will have to keep in our minds from the good old 50's. Those were the days, weren't they? A time, when life (at least it seems) was so much simpler and less complicated.

Thank you for sharing your story about Cho Cho's. It seems that they were experienced by "kids" all over the country. I used to get them at the "snack bar" at school during lunch time. They also had in packages, ice cream sundaes, eskimo pies (the real one's back then), etc. Do you remember, I think it was called, Bierly's or something like that, a soft drink that came in several flavors? That's another "long gone" soft drink from the 50's. At least, I haven't seen it around since then.

Take care and hope you enjoy my website.

Diana, Diana's Desserts
A Website Dedicated to Home Baker's

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

salbright    -- 04-01-2004 @ 1:56 PM
  I cannot believe what luck this was in finding this!! People were telling me this was one of those "childhood" memories that never really existed. I immediately forwaded the site to everyone who doubted its' existence.  I'm from Long Island, NY and I can remember getting those malted choclate bars with the clown wrappers on a hot summer afternoon from our stationary/fountain store we called "Finkies" (Mr. Finklesteins' store).  This was during the late fifties/early sixties.  Thanks so much for the confirming the memory!


diana    -- 04-01-2004 @ 6:15 PM
  Hi salbright,

Yes, it's true. So many of us remember those good old "Cho Cho" Bars, and they were definitely REAL.

It seems kids from coast to coast loved those great little malted chocolate ice cream bars on the wooden sticks. What a nice memory, isn't it. They were so good.

Glad you found my website, and dropped into Diana's Desserts Discussion Forum.

Take good care.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Frankie    -- 04-23-2004 @ 6:12 AM
  Dear Diana,

When my brothers and I were growing up in south Georgia, Mama would drive us out to the Village Green (a hamburger joint in our small town) on Saturday nights for a treat.  For at least a couple of years, that treat was usually a Cho-Cho, a marvelous frozen malted milk treat on a stick that looked to have been made in a small Dixie cup.  Because we loved them so, we named a kitten we found after the treat.

Unfortunately, the cat came to a disastrous end in an accident one Easter Sunday.  The next week, when we went to the Village Green, there were no more Cho-Chos and no one even remembered them.  Until now, my remaining brother and I have felt we were living in a "Twilight Zone," because we have never found ANYONE who had heard of Cho-Chos!  I can't wait to tell him we're not crazy after all.

What a wonderful thing it would be if someone would begin making them again.  As I recall, they came in a plain version and a "crunchy topped" version, with chocolate crunchies similar to crushed Grapenuts in texture.

Thanks for the memories.

Marietta, GA

reddygal    -- 06-15-2004 @ 11:22 AM
  Hi all,

My husband has been telling me about Cho-Cho Bars for over 30 years and I also thought he was crazy.  He grew up in Ohio and said he ate these every day in the summer at the local swimming pool.  This weekend we attended an antique show and lo and behold what did we find but a Cho-Cho Bar waxed cup!  Naturally, we had to buy it!

Just wanted to share the picture with everyone so you could all flash back to the 50s together!

Since I wasn't sure if I could post a picture here, I'll just include the link from my FTP space.
Cho-Cho Bar cup


diana    -- 06-15-2004 @ 11:37 AM
  Hi Helen,

Thank you so much for sharing the picture of the Cho Cho cup. You see, we're not really crazy or imagining things. Your husband was right all of these years.

It's great to know that all of us have these wonderful childhood memories and I don't know if it would be the same if we were to miracuriously have all these goodies now in the new milenium. It probably just wouldn't be the same!!

Thank you again for the photo and take good care.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

TomNyhan    -- 07-25-2004 @ 7:55 PM
  Cho Chos. I enjoyed them in the 1940s also, and as a native of San Francisco (Hawthrone, Horace Mann, Lowell)if I went to the corner grocery store for a cornicopia, I always chose a Cho Cho. At University of California Football Games a large Cho Cho was sold in the 1950s. It was made by Carnation. Lots of Candies from the 1940-1950s have been showing up, remember those red wax lips. There was a great web site from the 1940-1950s on the Russian River at Rio Nido for a while, but it's gone now. PS Growing old is not for Wimps.

Kid from the Mission

diana    -- 07-26-2004 @ 8:42 AM
  Hi (is it Tom?)

This is Diana from this website. I am also a native San Franciscan and went to Lowell, and then to Galileo for my last 2 years of high school. What a small world. Do you still live in the city? I have moved up to Sonoma county where we have more room for our dogs.

So, Cho Cho's were made by Carnation. I don't know if Carnation is still in businees or if they were bought out by Nestle. Wish they still made those wonderful Choc Cho's and also I do remember those red wax lips. Great, huh?

That website you speak about from the Russian River at Rio Nido sounded great. What happened to it?

Well, take care fellow San Franciscan, and I hope you continue to visit my website.

Kid from Lakeside Village - Junipero Serra Blvd.

PS. I went to Commodore Sloat Elementary School.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

farmboy    -- 05-30-2005 @ 10:45 AM
  I remember cho chos from when I had an ice cream cart in the late 1940s in Enola, Pennsylvania.  I sold Spagnolo's ice cream, made by a little company across the Susquehanna River, in Harrisburg.  I've often thought cho chos tasted somewhat like frozen Oveltine, though somewhat sweeter.  I wonder if Oveltine could be churned like ice cream and produce something resembling cho chos?  


bademento    -- 07-14-2005 @ 10:29 AM
  I have been looking for the 1950 Cho Cho on a stick for 50 years.  I thought I found it when I came across Tuckers in CA.  Ordered minimum and paid $160 in my quest.  It wasn't even close to a 1950 Cho Cho.  Just wanted to pass this on to anyone who is tempted to go that route.  I shall continue to search.  The people at Tuckets are very nice.

bademento    -- 07-14-2005 @ 10:31 AM
  I even went the route to contacting and paying the US Patent Office for info.  I had purchased a cup on ebay.  I received info on the cup only.  I then wrote to the city where the cup was made thinking they could shed some light on Cho Cho on a Stick.  I never received a reply.  Has anyone had any luck.  If any of you know anyone in the business, they would be wise to look into this product for their sales.

carol    -- 07-16-2005 @ 9:12 PM
  I remember them also.  I love anything with malted anyway.  But has anyone tried or the

Hometown Favorites will try to find lost foods for you and also has a list of foods not sold or made anymore.  I had them look for Nabisco's marshmallow sandwich cookies once, they were two vanilla wafer cookies (soft) with marshmallow in the middle.  They were so delicious.  I came to find out, two months before my quest, Nabisco stopped making them.

The Vermont Country Store, also searches for lost products and foods.  Hope this might help.

Always Have Fun Baking
Carol Cugliani

saylor    -- 07-19-2005 @ 12:16 PM
  Ok here goes. I have been trying to make Cho Cho for several months. I have a Soda Fountain Ice Cream Blender,green, Hamilton Beach Blender. I remember the Cho Cho's being light chocolate in color and in taste, with Malt. I have been mixing white ice cream, two dabs of chocolate, Carnation Malted Milk powder. I am close, but not close enough. I will keep on trying.

bademento    -- 07-19-2005 @ 12:44 PM
  Here are two recipes I found on line.  Try these.

Carnation Milk Ice-Cream #64316
2      cans evaporated milk

1      cup sugar

2      teaspoons vanilla

1      pinch salt

2      teaspoons gelatin (dissolved in 1/4 cup very warm water and allow to stand until mixture is clear)
4 litres Change size or US/metric
7 minutes 5 mins prep
1.     Beat salt, vanilla and milk at medium to fast speed until ingredients triple in bulk.
2.     Gradually while still beating add sugar followed by gelatine.
3.     Place in container and freeze for several hours stirring occasionally.

For basic malt
1      egg

1      tablespoon granulated sugar

1      teaspoon vanilla

3      scoops ice cream

weremember    -- 09-04-2006 @ 3:17 PM
  Oh, my goodness!
Yesterday at a family BBQ, my brother and I were talking about the ice cream man coming by in his truck and my mother giving us .07 for the wonderful Cho Cho Ice Cream Bar! That was 45 years ago, but we still remember how delicious it was. He travels all over the state for his job, and says he still looks for this illusive ice cream bar. Does anyone know where to buy it?   Thanks! LillianI

bobalama    -- 09-22-2006 @ 7:28 PM
  Wow, haven't looked back at the Cho Cho forum in 3 years and there is
still no find?

Cho cho's were ubiquitous in the '50's.  I am so surprised there is no
real history of production or former makers or employees that
remember them who wish to discuss.

Will start looking again.  Only Tucker's in Alameda has them.  But
based on an earlier post, they don't compare at all to what most of us

Oh well, let's not give up.



EHMoco    -- 10-19-2006 @ 5:51 AM
  Don't know where this will end up, it's my first time posting here. But I couldn't help responding to the cho cho story, because it was certainly one of my favorites in the 50's, too. I perhaps was more fortunate than many of the others I've read . . . I worked for a small ice cream maker in central Wisconsin while in high school, and I "made" cho chos.

The mix, that is, the raw mixture used for cho chos, was purchased from the franchiser. My boss ran the mix through his ice cream freezer and created the soft ice cream, much like what you will see in a frozen custard stand.  I took that bucket full of soft ice cream and placed it into a gadget with a hopper, a hand crank, and by turning the crank, could fill the cups.  

There may have been variations on the cho cho product, however, the only one I ever saw was the kind I made. No coatings or crunchies. The cho chos were sold in a cup with a stick and sealing cover that also held the stick in position while the ice cream was soft. The newly filled cups were then placed in the freezer where they hardened before delivery to the local stores and "root beer stands" and "drive-ins", as we were wont to call them.

I don't know how the rest of you are when it comes to soft ice cream, but I am a sucker for it, and soft cho chos were paritcularly seductive. There were days at the cho cho filler where I swear I ate more than I put into the cups. Fortunately for the company, cho chos were a once-a-week operation, so my pilfering of the malted treasure did not bankrupt them.  

It would be great to be able to find a cho cho today, but I think they are no longer produced. A web search was not successul in turning up any indication of a current manufacturer. I did find that Horlick, a Racine Wisconsin company, invented the malt flavoring. This link will give you a very brief history of Horlick:

By the way, the ice cream company I worked for is still small, and still proudly in business in spite of today's ice cream giants. It's Mauel's Dairy in Owen, Wisconsin, and it's still in the Mauel family's hands, third generation. They do not appear to have a web site. The founder has been gone for many years, and his son is retired, and the next time I see him, I am going to ask him about cho chos.  If I learn anything, I will let you know.

And thank you, Diana, for asking this question, because I have wondered about the fate of cho chos for a long time.


diana    -- 10-19-2006 @ 9:20 AM
  Hi JJ,

Thank you for all of your great information on Cho Cho's. Wow, what an amazing and very informative story.

In a way, you are part of the history of Cho Cho's. You actually made them. I'm impressed!

I wonder if the retired son of the Mauel family would consider making them again, although he probably doesn't have the recipe. There are certainly enough people out there from our generation who would buy the product and I know the kids today would love them too!

I remember (back in the 50's) being at grammar school, it would be lunch time and they'd open up the ice cream stand which was near the school's playgroud and I'd run over when they would raise the door of the stand, and I  so looked forward to getting my Cho Cho. I'd buy it (couldn't have cost very much, maybe a nickle), rub it between my hands to soften the ice cream and then lick, lick, lick it until it was all gone. Good memories, huh!

Hope to hear back from you again.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

EHMoco    -- 10-19-2006 @ 1:42 PM
  Diana: It's been fascinating reading the posts in re cho chos. I really do miss them, and apparently, there are a few more fans out there.

I just commented to my wife, rhetorically, of course, "I wonder what ever happened to cho chos. Do you remember them? I'm gonna log on to the internet and see if I can find out about them". She indeed remembers them, and I logged on, and that's how I found your forum.

As for the Mauel Dairy, I do have ties to Owen, but they're tenuous at best. I go back annually (almost) for the high school reunions, but that won't be until next July. I'll be sure to ask about the cho chos, God willing. I would guess, however, that the recipe was held by the franchising company, but it is probably quite close to one of those that was posted on your site.  Maybe there's an entrepreneurial opportunity here.

By the way, I didn't really make cho chos, I just filled the cups. That's why I put "made" in quotes.

Thanks for replying.

bademento    -- 10-19-2006 @ 3:12 PM
  I have written a letter today to Mauel Dairy in Owen, WI.  I sent them the many comments about Cho Chos on this web site asking them if they could shed any light on where we could find Cho Cho, recipe, etc. etc.  I'll let everyone know if I hear from them.  I have already tried the patent office for the cup, and Tucker's.  I wrote to the city in WI years ago and never received a reply.  I ordered them from Tucker's and they didn't come close and the patent office couldn't tell me anything.  So, I will try this.  I sent it today.

georgefloto    -- 10-24-2006 @ 1:08 PM
  Hi Diana,

Just to let you know, they were my favorite too.  This was in Everson, Pa.  about 30 miles SE of Pittsburgh. The time frame would have been in the late 40's or early 50's.

For some reason, Bordon's comes to mind. Anybody else remember that name.

George in Hudson Florida.

cookie01    -- 10-26-2006 @ 3:47 PM
  hi  just found this forum today
very nice....
i would like to offer a suggestion to help you find your cho chos
there is this great show on FOODNETWORK called
UNWRAPPED with Marc Summers-- i bet he could help you find this treat!
i was only born in 62 so my fond memories are only of the good humor ice cream carts with bells ringing and this was in long beach ny where some of my family lived
good luck

diana    -- 10-27-2006 @ 10:32 AM
  Hi cookie01,

Thank you for your input on the Cho Cho search. Maybe someone will contact Marc Summers at the Food Network and see if he can help.

Take care.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

JohnR    -- 05-25-2007 @ 3:11 PM
  I can't believe I found people discussing Cho Cho Bars. In Oregon, they willed billed as "malted milk on a stick"  They were not round but more of the traditional ice cream slice shape, complete with paper wrappers.  I have been suffering from Cho Cho withdrawal for many years now.

womenfolk1    -- 06-05-2007 @ 6:21 AM
  Hi Diana,

Imagine my surprise after googling "cho cho ice cream" after a conversation with a co-worker to find a lengthy on-line discussion about them.  I remember them from my youth in the 50's.  My sister and I walked to a little neighborhood store to get them as often as we could! This was in a small town in western Pennsylvania. The flavor was incredible, but I was beginning to believe I had dreamed them up!  Noone else I talk to seems to know about them or remember them.  I'm also in favor of someone releasing them again as long as they have the original taste!  

Cho-ChoLover    -- 06-12-2007 @ 5:03 PM
  I really remember the Cho-Cho's, my favorite treat way back when.  I wonder why some major ice cream company hasn't tried to come up with something to compare to the Cho-Cho.  I am sure it would be a hit.  I agree about contacting Marc Summers @ Foodnetwork.

temptaker2003    -- 06-24-2007 @ 4:26 AM
  found a htm that has the cho-cho ice bars/cups on their product page
Hope this helps.

bademento    -- 06-24-2007 @ 9:10 AM
  I sent this info before but I want to say again.  I did send to Tuckers Ice Cream.  I paid $160 and had 20 of their cho cho bars sent to me in dry ice.  That is how bad I would love to locate an old Cho Cho.  IT IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE THE OLD CHO CHO.   I also wrote to the US Patent Office and paid to get info but it was only the patent on the cup.  I also wrote to the city where the cup was made, but received no reply.  I think the best thing to do is what was suggested on your web site, write a letter to the food network and see if they have any news on Cho Cho's or if they have a recipe.  And I agree that this was probably one of the best tasting ice creams and I don't know why some ice cream company hasn't caught on to it being missing, and try to reinvent it.  Maybe the food network can do this.  Has anyone read this entire web site and has anyone tried the recipes?  And has anyone written to the Food Network.  I'm not familiar with them.

RedZinner    -- 06-25-2007 @ 7:23 AM
  Hi Everyone, I was baking homemade brownies this morning and needed info on baking in a glass pan versus metal, Googled for the information and Diana's site popped-up. Thank you Diana, reducing the temperature 25º worked perfectly.
But on to the topic at hand - Cho-Cho Ice Cream Bars.
This (scroll down past the clown) is what I remember them looking like, not so much a bar but a paper cup with a stick in the middle.
I am originally from Cincinnati and when the Cho-Cho novelty disappeared we substituted with the United Dairy Farmers Chocolate Malt to get the fix!

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.
Medieval German saying

This message was edited by RedZinner on 6-25-07 @ 7:29 AM

debbie_kerri    -- 07-10-2007 @ 8:14 AM
  Hi! I grew up in Albany in the 50's and 60's and I remember the ice cream man coming by with Cho Cho's. Ours were in paper cups that you rubbed between your hands to get the ice cream out. They were so good! We even nicknamed the ice cream man, Cho Cho.

SharonS    -- 07-25-2007 @ 11:12 AM
  Hi,  I was looking up Cho Cho bars on the web and lo and behold there are people out there who remember them.  I was a child in the 50's and it was my favoite ice cream.  I've never found any ice cream that compares to that taste.  If there's a recipe out there to duplicate it or better yet a company that makes anything close to it, please let me know.


BLUESKY2    -- 08-04-2007 @ 3:40 PM


BLUESKY2    -- 08-04-2007 @ 3:46 PM
WOULD BE THE ONE TO " dig " into this.......


bademento    -- 08-04-2007 @ 4:09 PM
  Will sombody please contact this person on the Food Network and let him know what people are looking for and tell him to go to this web site and HELP ALL OF US.

He can let us know what he finds through Diana's Desserts web site.

I would love to have one or more before I buy the farm.

Cho-ChoLover    -- 08-04-2007 @ 4:17 PM
  I did send an email to the Food Network requesting Marc Summers do an episode on this.  I did receive only a standard reply thanking me for my suggestion!  Maybe if all the CHo Cho fans would go to the Food Network website and use the "contact us" link and send the same request, we could get something done!!!

dwells    -- 08-15-2007 @ 11:53 AM
  Well count me in on the Cho Cho Ice Cream hunt.  I must admit, I had never heard of a Cho Cho being in a cup.  Here in Sand Springs, OK...outside of Tulsa...the only Cho Cho that we saw was in the bar shape.  I was born in 1961 and can remember buying them from the ice cream man.  Probably at least through 1970.  There was a company out of Tulsa that had a fleet of trucks (Mel-o-dee)that covered the general area.  I liked the ice cream man so much that as an adult, I was able to buy one of the original trucks that they used...a 1958 Cheverolet truck.  I am getting it close to being restored.  I wanted to sell Cho Cho's so that is how I came across this site.  Does anyone have a picture of the wrappers...I saw the pic of the cup.  I can't believe it is this hard!  The distributor must have been national since everyone seems to have a conncetion to Cho Cho's in some form across the nation.  Any updates?  I have a Cho Cho question request on an Ice Cream Vendor message board.  If I get anything interesting I'll let you know!


dwells    -- 08-16-2007 @ 10:49 AM
  I have had a response to the Cho Cho question from the Ice Cream Vendor message board.  Check this out and see if this helps anyone.  I think this will give a bit of information on the original company. Here is the link:

Let me know...
If you can't get into the site, let me know and I'll do some typing.


justine    -- 09-07-2007 @ 10:33 AM
  So has any one found a recipe yet for Cho Cho's? I love them and you can find them a few places in berks county, PA. But they are expensive.

whistlestop    -- 10-26-2007 @ 1:46 PM
  Hi Farmboy!

I am from Enola also and a friend of mine was talking about cho cho ice cream.  I now own the whistle stop and thought if i could get these it would be a great addition.  The guy i was talking to and my grandmother were saying about buying the cho cho (it must of have been from you) with the ice cream cart and that their friends dad had an ice cream factory in Shypolk and about Spagnola's.  What a small world.  

Shizue7    -- 12-26-2007 @ 12:56 PM
  Dear Diana,

Growing up in San Francisco in the 1950's, I thought Cho Cho's were from a local creamery.  I had no idea they were national.  The ones I remember were smooth (no nuts, no candy chips) and extremely creamy malted milk ice cream  The cup was small and had a picture of a clown's face.  Same deal with the stick and rolling the cup in your hand to loosen the cup-shaped ice ceam on a stick.  

Diana, have you had any luck with finding a recipe?

Thanks for the chance to reminisce with my 25-year old son.  Just told him that Cho Cho's were 7 cents at the corner store.  (He's checking my pulse now).  




Zuma    -- 01-01-2008 @ 9:37 PM
  Oops I posted a recipe thats already here .. its now 2008 and I just saw this .. apologies!

Happy Cho Cho for 2008 Smile

This message was edited by Zuma on 1-1-08 @ 9:49 PM

Suerivers    -- 02-18-2008 @ 1:13 PM
  Diana, Hi, I too remember the cho cho's, from the 50's. I lived in Kentucky so apparently they were available all over.I was just discussing them a couple days ago with a friend who grew up with me, who also remembered, they were malted and about the size of a small dixie cup, maybe a little larger, on a stick and they were sooooo good!!Of course I have no idea who made them. I bet you also remember BROWN COWS, they were good too.About the same as today's ice cream bars, only bigger and better! Sue

This message was edited by Suerivers on 2-18-08 @ 1:19 PM

bademento    -- 02-18-2008 @ 1:20 PM
  I tried the recipes that were sent in and neither are anything compared to the Old Cho Cho.  As I have said before, I bought a case from Tuckers and that wasn't close, I wrote to the US Patent and only got info on the cup, I wrote to the city where the cup was made and never heard from them, and lastly, I tried the recipes.  I did not try the Food Network.  I am not familiar with that source.  Maybe someone else can look into that and stay with it until they find something.  They certainly can do a more thorough job than any one of us.  I have a cup, if you need a sample.

aussieIngrid    -- 02-20-2008 @ 9:19 PM
  I live in Australia and have never heard of Cho Cho Ice Cream - all I now know if this discussion about Cho Cho Ice Cream can go on for 6 years they must have been some fabulous ice cream. I hope you find at least the recipe for them because I sure would love to make them.
I have really enjoyed watching these posts for this discussion. It really is amazing how food can bring up such fond memories....All the best in hunting down this recipe....


dwells    -- 02-27-2008 @ 2:22 PM
  I mentioned this awhile back but didn't post...these items are off an Ice Cream Truck board that I'm on...

Although the original Cho Chos are apparently no longer available, North Star has a chocolate frosted malt product which appears to be similiar.

For those not familiar with the Cho-cho, this description appears on an Internet posting by a former campground owner:
"It was a chocolate malted ice cream in a dixie-cup-type container with a plastic lid. You got a popsicle stick with it which you pushed through the lid. You rolled the cup in your hands to soften it up a bit, then removed the cup and had a 'popsicle' to eat. It kind of tasted like a Wendy's chocolate frosty but much creamier and MUCH better! We sold those at our campground for years, and then Bechtel's got new machinery and couldn't fill the smaller cups any more so they stopped making them. That was a sad, sad day at our campground, and I'm sure many others in the area."

The Cho-Cho Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin made these originally. Apparently other companies packaged these as well, possibly including HP Hood Dairy.

jonitn    -- 03-03-2008 @ 7:42 AM
  Hey, I was so excited to see that others remember my favorite  "Cho-Cho"s....I live in the Pittsburgh area of Pa. and I really would love to find these treats again...Does anyone remember who made them..


sfbabe    -- 03-15-2008 @ 8:11 PM
  This may sound like something from the Twilight Zone but we just had a cho cho tonight after dinner!(yummy)  I was wondering about the recipe and proceeded to use google and found this forum.  I had to join just to share my information with you.

You will be happy to know that we have a company in northern California who sells cho cho's.

1349 Park St
Alameda Calif
LAkehurst 2-4960 (lol at phone number)

I copied the phone number right off the cho cho paper cup.  Alameda area code is 510.

I hope this helps!! Smile

bademento    -- 03-15-2008 @ 8:39 PM
  No, Tuckers in California is not even close to the original Cho Cho of the 1950's.  I bought 15 and had them shipped to me from California to Clifton Park, NY, packed in dry ice. As the expression goes "Been there, done that."  They were good, but not good enough to settle the taste of the original Cho Cho.  Good try.

sfbabe    -- 03-15-2008 @ 9:18 PM
  Sounds like you are a cho cho connoisseur...

All I can go by is that Tucker's sells cho cho's, we enjoyed one tonight and it was good.  Obviously, it's been a few years since they were main stream so I can't accurately compare the old to the new in some kind of taste test.

Good luck with finding a cho cho that meets your standards.

bademento    -- 03-15-2008 @ 10:00 PM
  Attitude???  I spent $160 to purchase them from Tuckers and have them shipped.  I had hoped they were like the originals.  I'm sorry if you were offended.  Like I have said previously on this posting, I have written and paid the Patent Bureau, and got the patent on the cup and not the recipe, I have a cup, if anyone wants to see it, I wrote to the city the cup was made, and did not get a reply, then I called Tuckers, and lastly, I tried every recipe that has been posted so far on this site.  It is something I would like to taste one more time before I buy the farm.  This is a friendly site.  I'm sorry if you were disappointed that you tried to save the day, but didn't.  I wish you had, believe me.

sfbabe    -- 03-15-2008 @ 10:40 PM
  Friendly site? I certainly feel welcomed.

It was not my intent to win some award or garner recognition for my information.  I read the first post and felt it was such a coincidence that we had cho cho's this very night - that's all. That may be why I came across as excited.

My apologies for not reading all 8 pages on this subject before adding my information.  If I had done that perhaps I would have passed and it would have saved me from registering and now having to explain myself. Guess you said it best - 'nice try'.

no need to reply - I'm not posting here again.

bademento    -- 03-16-2008 @ 12:35 AM
  A Cho Cho from the 50's has its own standards, they aren't my standards.  That was a flip remark on a very nice web site.

diana    -- 03-16-2008 @ 8:35 AM
  Okay kids, let's keep it civil. This is definitely a friendly site and I feel sad that there is "anger" between quests.

I want sfgate and bademento to agree to "disagree". Life is too short.

Let's all remember Cho Cho's the way we individually experienced them in our own way, alright?

Thank you sfgate for sharing your experience with us and bademento, thank you for your input as well.

Hopefully, someday, the original Cho Cho's will be made again.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

dwells    -- 03-18-2008 @ 3:34 PM
  Hey bade, did you try the Northstar Frozen treat website that I posted recently?  I never could get the site to pull up.  Based on what what was posted on an icecream truck/vendors message board they thought it sounded like a Cho Cho.  I appreciate you doing the leg work on Tuckers...saved me some cash.

joeljackson2    -- 04-06-2008 @ 5:52 PM
  I remember the Cho-Cho man who pushed a Cart. A friend of mine made them here in 1954.He was 15 years old. The Mix came from a Dairy in St. Louis in 5 gallon containers. This was poured into the upside down cups. A lid with a stick in it capped the cup. It was put in the freezer in Pans of 24. I live in Jackson, TN. 300 miles from St. Louis.  


BLUESKY2    -- 04-07-2008 @ 9:11 AM

Loretta    -- 04-08-2008 @ 4:08 AM
  Hi Diana, I was pleasently surprised to see the discussion about Cho Cho  bars.I too remember them from the 50's . I loved them as a child and no one else that I know of remembers them--so happy to see that others share our fond memory of these tasty ice cream treats.They were delicious .  I live in Pennsylvania and the ones sold here were the plain ice cream,no crunch sold in round paper cups.Sincerely, Loretta

joeljackson2    -- 04-08-2008 @ 5:28 PM
  Where was the Cho-Cho Cup Made?


joeljackson2    -- 04-08-2008 @ 5:48 PM
  There's a Cho-Cho Cup on E Bay (4/8/2008). Take a look.


bademento    -- 06-08-2008 @ 11:58 AM
  I have just sent an email to the contact for Northstar asking for info or suggesting someone take up our cause or make it.  If I hear from them, I will put it on Diana's Desserts.

bademento    -- 06-08-2008 @ 11:58 AM
  I have just sent an email to the contact for Northstar asking for info or suggesting someone take up our cause or make it.  If I hear from them, I will put it on Diana's Desserts. Playful Wink

joeljackson2    -- 06-08-2008 @ 3:19 PM
  In Jackson TN a local business man bought the Mix from St. Louis MO. It was shipped in 5 gallon milk containers on a refrigerated truck. The mix was tranferred to a small pitcher for easy pouring into the 3 1/2 oz. cups. Flat Lids with sticks already inserted througha slot in the lid (by another worker)were placed in the cup. These cups were positioned in a metal pan, about 24 to a pan, and placed in the freezer. This information was told to me by a man who worked there in 1954.
Joel Jackson    


Renay    -- 06-14-2008 @ 9:39 AM
  I too remember loving cho cho bars - in a cup - roll between the hands to release & pull out of the cup - then lick & slobber the good tast! Wow!  I had them in Brooklyn New York.  My question is - since everyone remembers them - and from all parts of the country it must have been a major company making and distributing them Does anyone know who that would have been?  And are they still in business?  Seems like we would all
be customers for a revival!  Renay

bobwylan    -- 06-25-2008 @ 1:56 PM
  What a surprise ... I had just mentioned to my daughter that the malt cup ice cream at the ballpark was a poor knock off of the original "Cho Cho Ice Cream" we had during our school days in St. Louis during the 50"s.
I decided to goggle up "Cho Cho Ice Cream" and Diane's site appeared. The power of the internet is terrific ... but the memory of a "Cho Cho" is PRICELESS!
Bob Wylan

Bob Wylan

joeljackson2    -- 06-26-2008 @ 11:22 AM
  This malt ice cream bar at the ball park was in what city? What company?  I've tried to duplicate Cho-Cho at home. But no luck yet. I'll post it if I get close


bademento    -- 06-26-2008 @ 1:47 PM
  I have tried to duplicate it at home also.  No Luck!

giarcrmc    -- 07-05-2008 @ 10:18 AM
  My name is Mike Craig, and my father, Ron Craig, owned and operated the Polar Bear Ice Cream Parlor on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington in the 1950's.

He made the delicious cho cho's on the site and had a contract with the manufacturer for the secret ingredients.  I was 10 or 11 years old at the time and have no specifics about who the manufacturer was.

I just remember rolling the cho cho's in my hands and enjoying the results.

My sister and I sometimes had some of the cho cho product in a bowl as it came out of the ice cream maching.  Too good!

I would certainly like to try one again and time travel back to the 50's.


Mike Craig

my dad made cho cho's.

donJ    -- 07-06-2008 @ 6:31 PM
  We have been enjoying Cho-Cho's for years. In Berks County PA they are made at Two places. One changed to the push up type container and they aren't as good as the old ones. The originals are still  made and sold at-
Schell's Ice Cream/Drive in
4625 N 5th Street Hwy, Temple, PA 19560
(610) 929-9660
They call them CHO Cups now- but they are just like the old ones.
I have 2 dozen in my freezer now.

They make theirs in a "Taylor" ice cream machine and tap them into a small dixie type cup with a cardboard top and a popcycle stick. ( I saw them doing them last week) I guess it's a mix? Anyway, they are frozen, you roll them in your hand and pop them out of the cup.  MMMMMMMMM!!!

I provided their contact info for those who wish to know.

Always on a quest,

This message was edited by donJ on 9-12-08 @ 7:00 AM

dwells    -- 07-07-2008 @ 11:42 AM
  Great Information.  PA is a little far away from Oklahoma.  Anyone else from PA capable of dropping by and taking a taste test????  We had the bars here in Tulsa, OK...not the cup.  But it seems so many remember the cup.  I would gladly take a cup.  I wonder if they have a packaged mix that they would sell?  The search goes on with success close!!!

bobalama    -- 07-10-2008 @ 5:32 PM
  Wow, a blast from the past.  The July 5th post from Mike in Seattle.  He
talks about the Polar Bear Ice Cream Parlor from 1950's.

I remember Mike's dad, I went to school a block away and would buy
Cho Cho's there.  Mike's dad and the woman who may have been his
mom or an employee were always very nice to me.

Once a month of so, my parents would give me enough money to have
hamburger and fries, and a Cho Cho.  I was 10-12 years old, a little kid
going to lunch by myself, it was fun.

Great memory, but now Mike said it, they had a recipe, so probably a
typical store like Polar Bear probably made their own, so no creamery
or big ice cream maker may have been involved.

The search continues.

Thanks Mike for the post.


PhilA    -- 07-28-2008 @ 11:27 AM
  In re of those long ago Cho Cho bars, I remember them very well from my grammar school days in Burlingame, CA (McKinley School). Ice cream was served in the basement by the cafeteria each day and the Cho -Cho bar - and the larger Whale Bar - were both sold for something like 5¢ each - maybe even 10¢ - but what made the Cho-cho bar so popular with boys was the paper container itself. After carefully removing the cylinder-like container, each boy would them put the container down on the cement floor, narrow end up and then give it a mighty stomp and the explosion sounded like a cannon going off and echoing down the hallway as far as the kindergarten classes.

Great fun!

The closest malt-like ice cream out there right now would probably be Wendy's Malt drink which is a softer version of the old Cho-Cho bar in a milk shake form.


jerseygirl    -- 08-20-2008 @ 11:24 AM
Re: Cho-chos and other east coast memorbilia..

Being an original jersey girl from the 60's, I surely remember malty cho-cho bars with the crunchy coating.  I found them once a very long time ago when I was living in the SF bay area in the 70's; but grew up enjoying them originally on the east coast along with Drake cakes Ring Dings (and why has the size of ring dings gotten so small??), Devil Dogs, Bosco chocolate syrup and Wise potato chips.  And let's not forget the original crystalized, crunchy ovaltine, not this freeze-dried grandules.  By the way, does anyone remember the kid's TV shows Norton Nork (Sandy Becker) and Diver Dan?

Ciao, JG

joeljackson2    -- 08-20-2008 @ 7:22 PM
  Hey, Cho Cho Fans, I've got good news. Get the small (Bathroom ) size Dixie Cups, buy craft sticks at Walmart. Then drop by Wendy's and get a Frosty. Go home and pour the Frosty into the cup, (only 2/3 full. Stand the sticks upright in the cup and place in the freezer until hard. You have a Cho Cho. Roll it between your hands to make it slide out.Use a big napkin on the handle while you eat it because it doesn't have the lid to catch the drips.  


bademento    -- 08-20-2008 @ 8:25 PM
  Wendy's frosty is not the answer.  Thanks though.  That would be similar to the chocolate malt sold in the larger cups, but not the old cho cho.

jerseygirl    -- 08-21-2008 @ 8:17 AM
  Hi Mike,

I moved to Seattle almost 10 years ago; is the parlor still there on Queen Anne?  Maybe your dad had the contract with Good Humor company?  I thought that's who originally manufactured them but I could be wrong.

Ciao, JG

giarcrmc    -- 08-21-2008 @ 9:22 PM

The ice cream parlor has been gone for years.  It was at 7th and McGraw on Queen Anne Hill.  Thanks for asking.

Mike Craig

my dad made cho cho's.

dwells    -- 08-25-2008 @ 7:36 AM
  Hey gang,
Right now the best new lead seems to be the PA location mentioned on the previous page.  I'm pretty sure Cho Cho's were not a Good Humour brand.  

As to the lead in the state of PA, at least it is claimed that they are being made there.  The location and phone number was posted earlier.  Wish I lived within a few hours...I would check it out for all.


Jerry    -- 08-29-2008 @ 11:56 PM
  How funny to see this. I remember cho cho's well, have often wondered if you could still find them. Out of blue I thought I'd google cho cho's and see what came up. This is great. I grew up in SF, being born in 1948, lived there till about 1954. I've always remembered those ice creams as being soooooooooooo good and creamy. Maybe the reason I've remembered is because I bought one on the way to school (General Pershing) and put in in my lunch pail. Boy did I get a surprise! Not sure, but I seem to remember them with a yellow and brown picture, but certainly not sure. Will definately look up this place in Alameda next time I am in the area. Thanks, Jerry


Jerry Overbey

Mimi    -- 09-01-2008 @ 7:33 PM
  Finding this site is too funny...I grew up in San Francisco and when I meet another native Cho Cho's invariably come up.  My sister's and I have heard about Tucker's but alas, I haven't made it there.  

I do remember the little cup with the clown but mostly I remember the creamy malted ice cream. It wasn't until I started searching the internet that I discovered other areas of the US had them

I am going to run out to Wendy's and get a malt...surely it can't be the same.  I once did find a frosted malted and I was all aflutter that I found it here on the peninsula.  Well, I took one bite and pitched it.  Not a Cho Cho it was icy. Obviously you all know what that means!  

bademento    -- 09-02-2008 @ 12:05 PM
  I just contacted Schell's Dairy Swirl in Temple, PA.  They do make Cho Cho's on the premise.  It is not a package mix.  They will be contacting me with a price on packaging and handling a shipment to me.  As I have said, Tuckers sent me an order and it wasn't even close to the original.  I went to Wendy's and that wasn't close either.  So, this is my next move.  As I have said previously, I had contacted the US Patent Office and the city the cup was made in with no success.  I have tried using the recipes given on line. This will be another attempt on my quest to locate the 1950's Cho Cho.  And the taste has never left me and I haven't had anything like it since my youth.  I will let you all know the result of this most recent purchase, if and when it happens.  He will return my call with a price on Thursday.  Tuckers charged me about $150 for 40 plus shipping and handling.  Obviously my quest is sincere.

dwells    -- 09-02-2008 @ 1:09 PM
Thanks for going the extra mile in this mystery.  Let us know the details...such as price and if they consider it a secret mixture.  If this is the true Cho Cho, they'll have more business once the word gets out.


bademento    -- 09-02-2008 @ 3:35 PM
  I did ask if they would consider a mail order business if these are the one and the same cho cho from the 1950's.  I didn't get an answer.  

jonitn    -- 09-04-2008 @ 4:30 AM


dkiefer    -- 09-05-2008 @ 2:45 PM
  I'm just delighted that others remember Cho Cho's and how gooooood they were. My wife and I remember them from our childhood back in Western Pennsylvania, Aliquippa, PA to be exact. We would both give our eye teeth for just one more.

We're looking for the name of the original manufacturer.  I've seen a reference to a company called the CHO CHO Company, Milwaukee, WI but I can't confirm it.

Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

Renay    -- 09-05-2008 @ 9:07 PM
  I noticed that someone had sent a copy of the original Cho Cho cup.  And that on the cup it says Reg.U.S. Pat. Off., Cho Cho Company.  I wonder, if the formula
was patented and might be available that way?

bademento    -- 09-05-2008 @ 9:10 PM
  I already wrote to and paid for the Patent Office to research this.  What I got was info on the cup, no recipe.  I already wrote to the state capital and received no reply.  Does anyone live near Temple PA?  They haven't called me back.

TomNyhan    -- 09-05-2008 @ 10:24 PM
  I was born and raised in San Francisco during the 30s, 40s and 50s. WOW am I old or what. In the Mission District there were grocery stores on about every corner and they all sold Cho Chos. My Nana every Sunday after Mass would come to our house for dinner and she would give my twin brother and I a nickel to buy a cornucopia. We would dash to the grocery store and get a Cho Cho. Cal football games also served a malted ice cream that was close to Cho Chos. I think Carnation's made the Cal malted. I did buy a Cho Cho cup off of ebay, sure looks the same.

Kid from the Mission

Mimi    -- 09-06-2008 @ 6:52 PM
  Well, I have just polished off a Wendy's Frosty and whoever said it was just like a Cho Cho is sadly mistaken.  No malt flavor whatsoever, big disappointment for this old gal from the Sunset.  

Renay    -- 09-06-2008 @ 8:25 PM
  You know - I am thinking about the taste - so I went
and bought some chocolate ovaltine and some Carnation Malt and thought perhaps I will get lucky!  Any creative cho cho chemists care to also experiment on this?

joeljackson2    -- 09-08-2008 @ 7:06 PM
  Mimi- My Wendy's has Malt flavored Frostys, and always has.To get the Cho Cho taste you have to follow my directions and freeze in a small cup also, NOT- Just Drink the Frosty.
If your Wendys doesn't have malt flavor, get Carnation Chocolate Malt in a jar and mix it in then Freeze. Granted,it's NOT the same.  


Mimi    -- 09-08-2008 @ 9:04 PM
  JOEL - On the same quest and just an FYI, I am lucky if the person on the other end of the Wendy's speaker understands more than basic english.  I, sadly, speak no Spanish so don't know how to order malt.  I will give it another try...and thank you for the idea.  Me thinks I will just head over to my sister's in the east bay and talk her into a trip to Tuckers.  I will let you know how it turns out.  Not holding out much hope but I heard that they were from the City and wanted to duplicate the Cho Cho.  

bademento    -- 09-08-2008 @ 11:38 PM
  I did Tuckers.  It didn't come close.  I had it shipped to New York State, cost about $160.  Save you money, unless you need to see for yourself.

rene3212    -- 09-10-2008 @ 2:25 PM
  I grew up in the 60's/70's in Reading, PA.  We would go to the Muhlenberg Dairy and buy 10-12 dozen Cho-Cho's at the beginning of summer...usually had to make a return trip again a month or two later.  I asked my Mom who still lives there and she said that she just got some the other day for my nephews but not from the same place (it has since closed).  

She told me of a place called "Schells Dairy Swirl" in Temple, PA.  Phone # (610) 939-9676.  I called and talked to the mgr.  They make the cho-cho's on site 2 times a week and are trying to come up with a way to package and ship them out of state.  He said he will call me as soon as he gets more information.  I will pass the information along.

Hope this helps.  I can't wait to have one again.

Mimi    -- 09-10-2008 @ 4:24 PM
  I have just spoken to my sister and she said that the Cho Cho's at Tuckers are exactly the same as the ones in our childhood except no clown on the cup.  We grew up in San Francisco and my sister is a real foodie.  I will just bet that the ones shipped out of state just couldn't withstand the trip...sadly.  

Maybe it is like See's candy it just isn't as good when it is shipped or pre-packaged.  Maybe they change formulas to withstand the long distance? My sister worked for Ghiradelli and I think she said that at one time they refused to ship the candy, during the summer, to destinations outside of CA.  The chocolate just wouldn't make it.

Hey, For you San Franciscans...remember the original Flicks?  They stopped making them for similar reasons. I digress.

bademento    -- 09-10-2008 @ 4:43 PM
  I don't think Tuckers they could have changed that much thru shipping.  They weren't even close.  The ones I made at home were closer.  But, go try it and let me know.
I am anxious to try the ones in Temple PA.  I also called.  If they get enough phone calls, they might start shipping.  So, everyone call and ask for them to ship.  The telephone number is  610-939-9676, Schells Dairy Swirl.

donJ    -- 09-11-2008 @ 9:48 AM
  rene- Muhlenberg Dairy is off of Rt 61 near "Clover Farms" I used to get them there. They are the one who changed to the "Rocket" or push up type cylinder and they are not as good as Schells. For those who wanna try Schells E me direct at and I will investigate onernight shipping with dry Ice.
I stop at Schells weekly and the Mgr says he didn't get chance to check into shipping cost yet. They sell their cho-cups "CHO CHO's" for about $9.99 a dozen.
Badmento- i think you are in NY just 150 + - miles up I-78 from me

Always on a quest,

jerseygirl    -- 09-11-2008 @ 1:38 PM
  Hey Mimi,

I remember Flicks - didn't Ghiradelli make them?  They came in green and red tubes.  I remember when SF bay area introduced the 'cherry ripe' bar from Australia in the early 80's; they stopped shipping them not long after; don't know why they were 'food of the gods' - cherry flavored coconut, bits of maraschino cherry enrobed in dark chocolate.  I'll be migrating there eventually within the year and will have my fill of them then I'm sure.

Ciao, JG

Mimi    -- 09-11-2008 @ 4:02 PM
  Hi JG,
Yes, Flicks were our movie favs.  My sister worked for Ghiradelli and they told her that the original Flicks were so difficult to make and ship that they discontinued them.  I think they outsourced them and they didn't take off.  Duh.

I don't remember the Australian.  But I do remember there was a Cherry sort of version of the Mountain Bar.  My sister remembers all of this kind of stuff I am going to send her this is a kick.  

Come on back...

TomNyhan    -- 09-11-2008 @ 5:11 PM
  On Main Street in Guerneville there is a 5 & Dime store that sells some of the old candies. In Windsor, CA in their new town square there is a Powells that has tons of old fashion candies, They also have other stores in Sonoma County. Going to the movies on Saturday morning after Catechism with a bag of juju beads was the best. Flicks were good, after you finished the tube, you could shoot wads of paper with it around the show.

Kid from the Mission

TomNyhan    -- 09-11-2008 @ 10:49 PM
  I just visited Powell's Sweet Shoppe web site and they do have Flick's. There is a story about Flicks in their Story Section. There locations are also listed. There goes my diet.

Kid from the Mission

Mimi    -- 09-11-2008 @ 10:57 PM
  Oh Tom from the Mission I fear, you will be disappointed. I grew up in the Sunset, went to Saint Anne's and I worked at the Irving Theater.  Ah, you will love this...we melted Challenge Butter for the popcorn too.  Double Features...yay San Francisco and Flicks memories.  

joeljackson2    -- 09-12-2008 @ 12:18 PM
  How did we get from Cho Cho's to Flicks.One thing at a time Please.


bademento    -- 09-12-2008 @ 2:39 PM
  I have just received a telephone call from Schells Dairy Swirl in PA.  He is meeting with a firm tomorrow to discuss packaging and mailing Cho Cho's.  He wanted me to know he didn't forget my calls.  Also, I received a call from Don, from PA, a very nice guy, who has replied to Diana's, and he has offered to send them to me.  So, hopefully, soon, we will know whether they taste like the 1950's version.  Schells said they also received a call from Reading, TX, I think.   So, maybe the end of the tunnel is close.  I'll keep in touch.  Hopefully, if they are, Schell will be in the Mail Order Business of selling Cho Chos.  And it is all because of Diana's Desserts web site and our memories.

rene3212    -- 09-15-2008 @ 11:16 AM
  I also received a call from the Manager at Schells and he told me the same thing.  
By the way, I am not from Reading, TX? I am originally from Reading, PA but now reside in Schertz, TX (right outside San Antonio) for the last 25 years. But I still miss PA, especially in the summer and fall, it can get brutal in this heat and there is not much color when fall arrives!  And, the worst is that there are no Cho Cho's to eat!
I believe my only problem with having Cho Cho's shipped will be the Texas Heat melting them before I can eat one! Yesterday it was up to 100 degrees!
Anyway, I'll have to at least try once to have them shipped, probably during the winter when it is a little cooler.

gloriajohnson    -- 09-15-2008 @ 12:07 PM
  Hi! I am 68 years old. When I was in elementary school, I lived in Minden, La. I well remember eating the cho-cho ice cream bar. My husband and I were sitting in the den listening to Rush and he said wouldn't you just love a cho-cho? Why don't you look on the internet and see if anyone else knows anything about them.  AND I got this website.  Do any of you know of a place in La. that sells them?
Brings back many, many memories!!!!

Kindest Regards, Gloria

gloriajohnson    -- 09-15-2008 @ 12:42 PM
  Since we're talking about past ice cream, has anyone ever heard of a cherry nectar fountain drink?
I had them in the 50's from a drug store. They had a fizzy liquid, cherry syrup, and heavy cream in them. They were wonderful.  I have attempted to replicate the drink and was not successful. Can anyone help?

Kindest Regards, Gloria

TomNyhan    -- 09-15-2008 @ 2:11 PM
  Ebay has 2 Cho Cho items for sale. Sorry the cups are empty.

Kid from the Mission

denise    -- 10-03-2008 @ 5:25 PM
  My Mom and I were just talking about Cho Chos from the Muhlenberg Dairy a few weeks ago. I had bought them at Schell's Dairy Swirl in Temple several years ago. I told my Mom I would pick some up the next time I was in the area. The more I thought about it, I had to go right away. My husband said I was crazy. With gas at $3.50 a gallon, and 35 miles to Schell's, then back home again. That is some expensive ice cream. I said "Honey, it's not ice cream, it's cho chos. You don't understand." I did some shopping before I stopped at Schell's and bought 2 dozen cho chos and a cone of soft cho cho ice cream (for the ride home). Delicious! Perfect! Just like when I was a kid!

Dora    -- 10-24-2008 @ 4:36 PM
  I ate Cho Cho's all the time in the fifties. They were oblong and not round. Ice Cream with a chocolate coating much like the Dilly Dally at the Dairy Queen. I never saw them again after around 1962. Eskimo Pies took their place but were never as good as a cho cho. Most people do not even know what I am talking about when I mention the cho cho bar! Glad all of you remember! I have never found store bought ice cream that good since. I do not know if it tasted so good because I was a child or was really better back then!


bademento    -- 12-02-2008 @ 10:22 AM
  I had good friends of mine bring me back cho cho's from Schell's Dairy Swirl in Temple, PA.  I think we have found the closest thing to the 1950's Cho Cho that we will find.  It is just a little different, a little less creamy and a slight different taste, but oh, so close to he original.  It is in a cup, with a stick, that you warm in your hands to take the cup off.  I had called a few times to ask if they would mail and I did get an answer once that they were looking into mailing but that was the end of it.  So, my quest is over.  I did have my friends pick up 9 dozen for me and they are in my freezer.  It was a 4.5 hour ride from where I live but their son lives 6 miles away from the place.  I wish the rest of you Good Luck in finding them or getting them to ship them.  It would be worth it if they did.  Let us all know if they decide to ship.

jonitn    -- 12-03-2008 @ 11:46 AM
  My sister will be here from Texas in a few days and we are going to try and venture to find a "piece of our past" weather permitting. Janice, Jeanne and I are on a MISSION....
more later


This message was edited by jonitn on 12-3-08 @ 11:48 AM

nevadamoxie    -- 12-21-2008 @ 9:03 PM
  I found your interesting site by accident. Your title is Cho Cho...from the 50's. I pushed an ice cream cart in 1947 and 1948. The ice cream was kept cold with blocks of dry ice. I sold Cho Chos, Eskimo Pies, popsicles and creamsickles. They were all made by Spagnolos ice cream in Harrisburg, PA. They made bananna popsicles to die for.

Side note: They all sold for 10 cents. If I was paid with ten pennies, three or four of them were Indian head pennies. I don't know if Spagnolos is still around as I have lived in the west for 53 years now.

Just me,

Renay    -- 12-21-2008 @ 9:22 PM
  A friend of mine said cho cho bars were in stock now
on her U.S.Navy ship!  I wonder if that means that military commisaries would have them?  I am not military-so can someone who is check this out?  If they
are available - Please find out who is making them?  

buzzrdly1    -- 02-02-2009 @ 7:06 PM
  Found this web site by accident while doing a Cho-Cho search.  Wow! People other than me remember Cho-Cho's!  I grew up in a small north-central Illinois town.  Dad and I used to get Cho-Cho's from the meat market acroos the street from his business. (The butcher shop also dealt in dairy products.)  The butcher used to call me "Cho-Cho" because I liked them so much.

Thanks for the memories.


Mimi    -- 02-02-2009 @ 7:19 PM
  Disappointed in SF bay area! Well, one of you warned me about were right; not at all like a Cho Cho.  It was ok for chocolate ice cream but it sure wasn't anything like a Cho Cho.  They do put them in a kind of dixie cup thing.  My sister swore that they were just like the ones we had as kids in San Francisco...sigh.  I guess I can only hope that place in PA ships? Whoever said to get the chocolate malt and freeze is on the right track.  My Wendy's doesn't have the malt.

willie    -- 02-14-2009 @ 8:30 PM
  I remember the Cho Cho bar from SF very well. We moved to Sacramento and Dairy Queen had the same item
called a Mister Malty...
Flicks were discontinued when they could not find parts for the old machinary when the company moved from SF.

lorich685    -- 05-09-2009 @ 9:34 PM
  ALSO LOOKING FOR CHO CHO BARS .I found a place in Alameda,Ca. called Tuckers Ice Cream.I will try them out and will report back.Just found on net after trying for 20 Minutes. Will try to get a receipe.
..........bucko here in Redwood City.Ca.


Biffhank    -- 05-12-2009 @ 5:44 PM
  I grew up in the South in NC and do not remember the bars but a quick
search online shows a clown that was used for advertising.  I'll continue to
look and see if I see the company name.  One site mentioned how you ate
them by using a popsicle stick that was inserted into a slit in the cup top
and then I'm guessing the warmth of your hand helped loosen the ice
cream from the cup to pull it out and eat it.  Sounds messy but delicious!

Oregon Baker

jerrylee    -- 05-18-2009 @ 12:05 PM
  Wow, I remember the cho-cho days. We actually found some in sinking spring Pennsylvania at a V$S store. We introduced them to the kids and they went crazy. They are expensive but boy are they good. If anyone finds the reciepe, please let us know. Thanks


bademento    -- 05-18-2009 @ 1:13 PM
  AGAIN, the Cho Cho made at Schells, in Temple, PA is very similar to the old Cho Cho, a little less creamier.  It is probably what the last person had because he was located 9 miles from Temple, PA.  Tuckers in California is not even close.  I already went that route. I paid $160 to have them ship to me and resolved that question.   It is just dark chocolate ice cream.  After looking for 50 years, this is the answer.  I have tried writing the city they originally came from, the patent office, and calling Schells to get them to ship.  I called twice, they never returned my call.  Now, a good friend of mine moved to Reading, which is close.  He gets me Cho Cho's, put them in dry ice, and ships them to me.  I have 3 dozen in the freezer as we speak.  They are $10 a dozen.  I don't know how much they are individually.  They are in a cup with a stick.  They are good.  So, if anyone finds them in any other place, I would like to know it, but, as far as I know with all of my research, Schells in PA is the answer to the Cho Cho question.

dwells    -- 05-20-2009 @ 12:14 PM
  I'm suprised that this has been missed, neglected, ignored, or at least not commented on:  Back on 12-21-08 Renay mentioned that he/she had heard the US Navy may serve Cho Cho bars.  For many of us, we knew Cho Chos as in bars not cups.  I've made a feable attempt at trying to find a Navy menu list on the internet that might include types of ice luck.  I don't know of anyone serving in the Navy right now either.  To me, this is the most promising lead we have had because that would be a production form of Cho Cho.  With the cup version, someone can have a receipe,or some form of one, and drop the product in a cup and call it a Cho Cho...much like Tuckers (not close) and the PA icecream location (close match).  As a collected body, if we search out this lead, we may find an actual production company...and thus the pot of gold.

bademento    -- 05-20-2009 @ 12:53 PM
  Which came first, the chicken or the egg.  I think the Cho Cho in a cup came first back in the early 1950's.  I've had a cho cho bar and it is not the same as the 1950's Cho Cho in a cup.  Text
I am 66 and still run to every new ice cream truck and ask if they have Cho Cho's, or what they have in a malted type ice cream.  Nothing is as close as Schell's in Temple, PA.  I've tried recipes at home too.  Nada, nothing, whatever, it is what it is.  

lorianncardew    -- 05-29-2009 @ 11:38 AM
  HI all! We just had this conversation today about Cho Cho's.  Being from Reading,PA we had them in the cup, with a had to roll the cup in your hand then pull the Cho Cho from the cup.  Just like a popsicle.  MMMM, and our group is a bit our early 40s.

I'll have to tell everyone that Schells is the closest thing to it.  Do they ship at all?  I really could use one now after all this talk!

Piasana    -- 06-06-2009 @ 8:11 PM
  I have been looking for Cho Chos forever, or so it seems.  My earliest memory is of my waiting on our large front porch for the horse's hoof beats and the bell of the the wagon he was pulling for Muhlenberg Dairy. The slower his beats, the hotter the afternoon. It was the early 50s and I was about 3 or 4. My aunt would be working in the house listening for me to joyfully call the arrival!  The gentleman driving the wagon would ring the bell three times knowing I would make it to the curb by then.  I was always holding my money, just a few cents I am sure, which I had gotten ready just after lunch.  The driver would stop the wagon, help me cross the not very busy avenue and wait for my order,  Inevitably it was for a cho cho! I would thank him and hear him say "See you tomorrow, same time."  He then helped me cross back to my side of the avenue while waving to my aunt.  My hands couldn't wait to encircle the small cup, pull it off, and start eating that Cho Cho.  There it was: the delicious, refreshing snack.  There is none better to this day.
  I now live about 40 miles north of Reading, PA and get back often to visit relatives.  About 20 years ago I could always go directly to Muhlenberg dairy and by the Cho Chos by the cases. But alas, the dairy closed.  My next definite stop will be Schell's!  Thanks for all the great memories.

West Reading, PA Piasana

This message was edited by Piasana on 6-6-09 @ 8:14 PM

Richcreator    -- 07-20-2009 @ 10:03 AM
  I was born in Reading, PA in 1935, same year as Elvis.
I ate cho chos in the '40s.
The cho chos made by Muhlenberg Dairy did not taste like the original cho chos. Muhlenberg Dairy is now out of business.
The cho cho's sold today by Shell's Dairy Swirl in Temple do not taste like the original cho cho's of the '40's & 50's. Everybody I talk to agrees with me.
I live just a few miles from Shell's in Temple, PA. The cho cho's are not a big seller today and not at all popular or famous like back in the old days. I would not waste my money for shipping costs to buy Shell's cho cho's at 70 cents each.
The whole world can enjoy original cho cho's by following my recipe:
How to make Cho Cho's at Home like we ate in the 40's and 50's

sswoolsey    -- 07-20-2009 @ 9:23 PM
  I have had a craving for Cho-Cho Pops since I last had them around 1960.  There has been NO ice cream since that time that is comparable and particularly in the summer, I miss them like crazy.  Currently I live in CA, but in the 50's I lived in a small upstate NY town that had them in a private 5&10cent store whose name I cannot recall.  But I DO remember right where these bars were and the tiny floor freezer they were housed in.  What a great memory. I'll be trying the recipe to see how close it comes.  The next closest thing was frozen custard.  I'm thrilled to see all the posts about this.  For some reason, I always thought they were a local thing in NY, but now I know many more people share my fondness for these treats.  Sharon W.

Richcreator    -- 07-21-2009 @ 10:21 AM
  If you ate a cho cho in 1960, you did not have the original cho cho.
None of the cho cho imitations are like the real thing.
Cho cho is about the taste, first and foremost. But, it seems, all the imitations think the cho cho is about the size and shape.

joeljackson2    -- 07-21-2009 @ 1:52 PM
  Let's ALL remember that if we had the Original, it wouldn't taste the same. After age 50 our TASTE BUDS DIE OFF in great numbers.Let's be satisfied with a close facsimile.


rene3212    -- 07-21-2009 @ 9:10 PM
  I'll have to try this recipe.  Really, what can it hurt.  My three teenagers will eat anything I put in front of them.  Since they have never had an original Cho Cho, they will not know the difference.  So, if I don't like the way they taste, I don't have to worry about them going to waste.

elbereth1    -- 07-21-2009 @ 9:41 PM
  Cho-Cho pops were my favorite when I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 50's. I e-mailed and asked if they had any information on Cho-Cho pops[with the crunch]and they e-mailed me the following.... According to the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office[]Cho-Cho ice cream novelties were introduced by the Carnation Company June 6, 1939. The trademark was reassigned to the Popsicle Company in 1982. The brand/product expired in 2003. ORIGINAL RECORD HERE:  Word Mark CHO-CHO Goods and Services [CANCELLED] IC 030. US 046. G & S: Ice Cream. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19390605 Mark Drawing Code [5] WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM Design Search Code Serial Number 71420448 Filing Date June 13, 1939 Current Filing Basis 1A Original Filing Basis 1A Registration Number 0378236 Registration date June 4, 1940.  Owner[REGISTRANT] Carnation Company CORPORATION DELAWARE 100 West 10th Street Wilmington DELAWARE.  [LAST LISTED OWNER] Popsicle Industries, Inc. UNKNOWN ENGELWOOD, NEW JERSEY Assignment Recorded Type of Mark TRADEMARK Register PRINCIPAL Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19800604 Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Cancellation Date June 22, 2001    [This is exactly how the information was e-mailed to me. I am not sure if this information helps in the quest?] The e-mail goes on, for another 20 lines, with  the words from  an ad in the Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1940 [p.G3]. The e-mail NOTES: This ad[in the L.A. Times]contains ILLUSTRATIONS of the product and copy of a coupon.  The e-mail[from]lastly states- "Many people recall this particular frozen treat with fondness. Some memories here:" This is how I found this forum. After reading every post I decided to post the e-mail from foodtimeline in the hopes that it would somehow help. P.S. Sorry for the length of this but I wanted to include everything that was e-mailed to me.

laura gonzalez

jonitn    -- 07-22-2009 @ 5:16 AM
  Wow now this is info in depth.......So I guess the search goes on.thanks for the info.."POPSICLE" GET YOUR BUTTS IN GEAR AND MAKE THEM AGAIN...JUST REMEMBER " MAKE IT AND THEY WILL COME"


Richcreator    -- 07-22-2009 @ 10:02 AM

This is Diana from this website. I am looking for a recipe for as I call them "Cho Cho Bars". I had them when I was a child in the 50's. I remember having them at school where they would sell ice cream in small individual sizes like Eskimo Pies, and Ice Cream Sanwiches, 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.

If anyone remembers these, please let me know, and if anyone has a recipe for them, or a "Malted Flavor Ice Cream", or frozen dessert, I'd really appreciate you sharing it with me.

Thank you in advance.
Diana's Desserts Website.

Ok, Diana, you now have a recipe for a cho cho closest to the original than any other so-called cho cho on the market. You have my permission to include it in your recipes.

elbereth1    -- 07-23-2009 @ 1:42 PM
  I have an original ad dated Apr.28,1940 that was placed in the L.A.Times for Cho-Cho chocolate malted  ice cream, "AMERICA'S GONE CHO-CHO". The ad shows the cup with the stick[has the clown on the cup], shows illustrations on how to eat the ice cream- 1.Roll cup between hands. 2.Push bottom of cup, etc.,shows a coupon that you can "CLIP NOW" and "take to your dealer" to save 1 cents from the 5 cents price, and goes on th describe the "New Taste Thrill for the Whole Family". I would be happy to post the ad if anyone is interested, only problem being I am not sure how to do that and would need some help.

laura gonzalez

Richcreator    -- 07-23-2009 @ 5:22 PM

It seems like I am the only one here old enough to have enjoyed the cho cho in the 40's, when they first came on the market. The Carnation Co. invented the cho cho, and my original recipe uses Carnation Malted Milk powder.
Go to Temple, PA where cho cho's can be bought, and ask people what they think of the cho cho and most people will wonder what you're talking about. The cho cho imitations are not at all like the originals and people do not fuss over them like in the 40's.

I wonder how long it is going to take Diana to express any appreciation or acknowledgement or gratitude for my recipe?

joeljackson2 said:  Let's ALL remember that if we had the Original, it wouldn't taste the same. After age 50 our TASTE BUDS DIE OFF in great numbers.Let's be satisfied with a close facsimile.

Nonsense!!! Pure nonsense!!!  Gasp

This message was edited by Richcreator on 7-23-09 @ 8:12 PM

dwells    -- 07-24-2009 @ 7:39 AM
  I haven't had a chance to try out Rich's Cho Cho formula, but I certainly appreciate him posting.  For me, the Cho Cho is an ice cream bar with some crunch on the outside.  Since it has been about 40 years since I have seen one, I don't remember what the crunch was.  I only saw the bar from the ice cream man who was driving a 1958 chevy ice cream truck.  Since this thread has been going for years, it looks like most of the big cities seemed to have the cup version.  Or, for the more mature reader, it may have started out in the cup and moved to the bar during the 50-60's.  I have never seen a cho cho in the cup here in Oklahoma.  So Cho Cho's seem to mean two things: Cup for some Bar for others.  The Carnation-Popsicle read a few messages up was very interesting.  It basically tells us that a major ice cream mfg. most likely has the orginal formulas...cup & bar.

diana    -- 07-24-2009 @ 10:53 AM
  Hi Richcreator,

I DO appreciate your contribution to this forum about the Cho Cho's and your recipe. I'm sorry if I hadn't said so earlier but I have been quite busy lately and am just getting to reading the forum. Please except my apologies. You have made some great contributions and given us quite a bit of knowledge and history about Cho Cho's, so thank you so very much.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Mimi    -- 07-24-2009 @ 11:57 AM
  Hey Richcreator...thank you for your postings and especially the recipe with pics.  I can't tell you how hard I was laughing.  I will try mixing the vanilla ice cream with carnation malt.  When I saw your posting I was picturing some compicated mixture and use of an ice cream maker (don't have) and I loved your recipe.  It was hilarious!  Gonna try it; I promise.  As a Cho Cho lover in the 40's I can tell you that cup you posted is the one we here in SF remember.  It never occurred to me that Carnation would have been the producer; hench  California and New York having access to the same product.  Every one of my friends from SF remembers the ChoCho.  I did get to Tucker's in Alameda and it is nothing like the old ChoCho.  By the way, thanks for helping me connect a few dots by showing the malt container!  You have really made me smile and laugh out loud!  Thanks  again, Mimi

Richcreator    -- 07-24-2009 @ 2:18 PM
Mimi posted: I loved your recipe.  It was hilarious!

Can you explain what was so hilarious about my recipe?
You seem to have a strange sense of humor.

dwells posted:  For me, the Cho Cho is an ice cream bar with some crunch on the outside.

There was no crunch on the outside of the original cho cho of the 40's. It came in a cup that you rolled in your hands to loosen and remove, creamy & smooth on a stick.

Mimi    -- 07-24-2009 @ 5:08 PM
  Hi Richcreator...well, I am a cook so when I saw that you had posted a recipe I was picturing cream, sugar, you know...stuff that goes into the making of ice cream.  I also just knew I would never be able to make it because I don't have an ice cream maker.  When I clicked on your recipe and saw it was a can of Carnation malt and a gallon of pre-made ice cream you mixed together.  Sorry was hilarious. I hope you aren't offended but I thought it was very funny. You know it was a duh moment.  

By the way...I ran over to Safeway to gather the ingredients and NO MALT.  I live in an area where I can no doubt find it but it was an eye opener.  

Richcreator    -- 07-24-2009 @ 7:19 PM
  Time for another Cho Cho

jonitn    -- 07-27-2009 @ 5:08 AM
  Rich    I am sooooo grateful for all the info you have contributed..thank you grazia..daunka..etc.  and I am really glad you found out why the humor and laughing...I guess she (he?) never had a REAL  CHO-CHO


dwells    -- 07-27-2009 @ 7:45 AM
  Rich, there are two "orginal" cho cho' in cup form...and the other in bar form.  The cup form...the one you fondly remember started first.  The bar form (see topic title) is the one I fondly remember starting in the 50's.  It's ALL good!  By the way all, I have an email to Popsicle asking if they still have information or intentions on making Cho Cho's.

Richcreator    -- 07-27-2009 @ 10:37 AM
An original can't be invented in 1939 and again over 10 years later. An original is an original, one of a kind.
dwells said, "For me, the Cho Cho is an ice cream bar with some crunch on the outside."
The original cho cho was an ice cream in a cup. It was not an ice cream bar with a crunch. You did not have the original cho cho. You had an imitation...a copy, with a different shape and a different taste.
I don't know why you are trying to change the originality of the cho cho and you are not going to ever have The Popsicle Co. ever make an original cho cho. When the original cho cho changed from selling in a cup to selling as an ice cream bar, it ceased to be an original. And, all the cho cho's sold after the original, did not have the same unique malt taste as did the original cho cho's.
You cannot find a cho cho close to the original taste other than my recipe. You can ignore to make my cho cho recipe and twist the whole concept of cho cho's around every which way  but you are only fooling yourself and those who choose to believe you.

RedZinner    -- 07-27-2009 @ 11:12 AM
  This thread has ceased to be fun and informative since we now have THE original opinion on the subject.

bademento    -- 07-27-2009 @ 11:23 AM
  Yes, this was always a fun site to remember the 50's.  I hope it goes back to being nice.  The Cho Cho was in a cup as shown in a previous reply.  I have the same cup at my home. It was from the lat 40's early 50's.  Any future replies should be nice.  And, thank you Diana for giving us this resource to talk and remember.  I appreciate you.  

bademento    -- 07-27-2009 @ 11:26 AM
  Unless Richcreator is 70+, he doesn't know what he is talking about.

Mimi    -- 07-27-2009 @ 12:53 PM
  ...what is happening here?  Yep, this was a really fun site and I, for one, connected with others who remembered food/school/fun of San Francisco in the 50's.  Sigh.

Also learned that SF wasn't the only city with Cho Cho's.    

I think I am just going to run out and get a malt and forget the quest. It was fun to see the old Cho Cho cup on the site again.  

Richcreator    -- 07-27-2009 @ 1:44 PM
bademento posted:     Unless Richcreator is 70+, he doesn't know what he is talking about.

If you  wish to participate in this particular discussion about the cho cho, it would be wise and intelligent to read the thread so you don't make idiotic remarks.
I said, on 07-20-2009 @ 10:03 AM  that. . . . . I was born in Reading, PA in 1935, same year as Elvis.
This makes me 73 years of age. In fact, I'll be 74 next week.

You can either enjoy an original cho cho by following my recipe and making it yourself or do without waiting in vain wishing and hoping for some popsicle company to make it for you.

bademento    -- 07-27-2009 @ 2:45 PM
  Richcreator is ruining our congenial web site.  Sad.  He must have anger issues.  Again, very sad.  This ought to get a rise out of him.  LOL

buzzrdly1    -- 07-27-2009 @ 5:55 PM
  I'm afraid I have to disagree with bademento -

Unless Richcreator is 70+, he doesn't know what he is talking about.

I'm 12 years younger than Richcreator and I well remember Cho-Cho's - in a cup - from my youth in north-central Illinois.  A web search for Cho-Chos is what led me to this forum.

I enjoyed learning that there were several other version of Cho-Cho extant.  I do hope that one poisonous attutude won't spoil the fun.

And, Rich, I do appreciate your making your recipe available to us.

bademento    -- 07-27-2009 @ 6:48 PM
  Up until now, this site was for cho cho on a stick that you roll in your hands.  And if someone mentioned another type, that was fine.  And, no one asked to be thanked for their input, as Rich whatever.  That was when people got a sour taste in their mouth.  He was put out that we didn't thank him.  He is so funny and so prepostureous.

Mimi    -- 07-27-2009 @ 8:22 PM
  Hey Bademento, Did you ever try the Cho Cho's from PA?  Just wondering if they were the same as the ones in the little clown cup.  

I just reread the blog and remember that you paid $160 for the ones from Tucker's. Poor you, those are just plain disappointing.

Tom N is the other native SF person who also remembered Cho Cho's and I think he bought the cup.  

Cheers. Mimi    

dagwood    -- 07-28-2009 @ 8:38 AM
  Bademento paid $160.00 for a dozen popsicles that tasted nothing like a cho cho.
I'd be angry too but she should be angry at herself and not angry at others.

dwells    -- 07-28-2009 @ 9:23 AM
  Heard back from Popsicle.  Strike out.  Here is the response:

"To the best of our knowledge Popsicle did not own the right to the
product you mentioned below.

Kind regards,
Your friends at Good Humor-Breyers"

A few pages back, someone mentioned that the Navy had Cho Cho's.  But nothing was ever mentioned again.  I tried searching menus ect... for the Ships but couldn't locate anything.  Anyone know an active Sailor????

dagwood    -- 07-28-2009 @ 11:09 AM
  What are you searching for? What good would a sailor do you?
This thread was started by Diana in December of 2002.
Since then it has been proven that an original cho cho does not exist.
It has been proven that all imitations do not taste like a cho cho.
Do you think it is so much fun to seach for the impossible? Do you enjoy hoping and searching for something that does not exist?
Yea gads, ladies, after 8 years, deal with the truth.
In 2002 Diana requested a recipe for a cho cho. A recipe was posted a few days ago. Can't you ladies  make a simple recipe and enjoy what you have been searching for for the last 8 years?
Or do you resent the fact that the recipe was created by a man?

This message was edited by dagwood on 7-28-09 @ 11:12 AM

Mr_Roarke    -- 07-28-2009 @ 12:00 PM
  I had a cho cho I think I was in Chicago at the time I think it was in 1967 or maybe it was 1972 or between then and I really liked that cho cho. Does anybody know where I can buy cho choes or does you know how maybe I can make one? Thanks in advance.

Richcreator    -- 07-28-2009 @ 1:15 PM
  I got around to being curious about the cost of the cho cho's I make with my recipe. Give or take a nickel or a dime, each cho cho of mine cost about 20 cents. And my cho cho's taste far more like the original chocolate malted cho cho.
People seem to be willing to pay 70 cents each for an imitation that tastes nothing like a cho cho or
people seem to be willing to wait until the end of time for nothing.
I made a dozen cho cho's the other day. Today I made 18 more, but I whipped the batter to incorporate more air and make them more creamy and I got 18 instead of 12. These 18 cho cho's that I made today cost me $2.25 total.  

I just happened to think of something that happened a few years ago. A woman came into the diner and asked for a piece of apricot pie. The waitress said they never have apricot pie. The woman  was so distressed because she craved apricot pie so bad. I said to her, "why don't you go home and make yourself an apricot pie?" She gave me a dirty look, much like the dirty look I feel like I get here.
I never buy pie or cake. I always make my own, whatever flavor I crave. I depend on nobody. And I never do without.

This message was edited by Richcreator on 7-28-09 @ 1:38 PM

rene3212    -- 07-28-2009 @ 3:30 PM
  Ok!  I am going to the grocery store tomorrow and hope by the time I get home my ice cream is not completely melted since the temp in Schertz, TX has been hovering in the +100 degree range every day.  I also hope that they have the two different malts to add in to the ice cream.

To Richcreater:  I might not have had the original Cho-Cho from the 50's but the ones that I had growing up in Reading, PA from the Muhlenberg Dairy were pretty **** good.  If this recipe is anything close to that, I will be extremely happy.  

To the rest of you,  Why not try the recipe for yourselves....then you can decide if they taste the way you remember them from your younger days.  What is it going to hurt.

Adios Amigos from Schertz, TX

dwells    -- 07-28-2009 @ 4:32 PM
  dag, many questions you have.  Most answers are found by rereading this topic's thread.  I love researching and I have learned soooo much from this thread!  If we would have stopped 8 yrs ago, our cho cho knowledge would be so much less.  I think it is great that someone took the time to post a cho cho version recipe..  And for our Cho Cho fans, Carnation malt flavors, both vanilla and chocolat is $3.98 each at WalMart here in Oklahoma.  Not everything has been "proven".  There are many assumptions.  Being a male, I'm not sure what I should be resenting....

diana    -- 07-28-2009 @ 7:04 PM
  A Thankful Note To All,

I so appreciate all of your input, information and history on the Cho Cho. I started this forum subject on December 4, 2002 and I never expected so much interest.

I agree with some of you who have so graciously commented on this subject, but I have to agree that this was supposed to be fun, and it has now become somewhat angry. I am sad for this. I am asking that any comments made from now on be helpful and hopefully pleasant, otherwise I will have to stop this particular subject on my forum. I hate to do this as my wish was and still is that Diana's Desserts Website Forum be a place where guest's to the site can express themselves, but definitely in a PLEASANT manner.

I really care about all of you and I do hope you continue to use this forum for pleasant enjoyment and for a giving and learning experience.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

Richcreator    -- 07-28-2009 @ 10:53 PM
  I wouldn't care if the temperature was 200 degrees, it wouldn't stop me from shopping for ice cream.
I use thermal and/or insulated bags.
It pays to be a thinker.

Another "Giving" and "Learning" experience.


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This message was edited by Richcreator on 12-4-09 @ 7:48 PM

jonitn    -- 07-29-2009 @ 4:46 AM


dagwood    -- 07-29-2009 @ 4:46 AM
  I'd like to say something to Diana now, at this point in this thread, before bademento makes another uncalled for, wiseass remark.
I noticed the post on page 18 immediately following the graphics post by Richcreator showing his cho cho recipe where bademento said (again in reply to the recipe) quote: "Richcreator is ruining our site" unquote

Going back to page 9, 3/16/2008, Diana had to warn bademento:
quote=Diana:Okay kids, let's keep it civil. This is definitely a friendly site and I feel sad that there is "anger" between quests.
I want sfgate and bademento to agree to "disagree". Life is too short." unquote

Who is the trouble maker here?

Richcreator    -- 07-29-2009 @ 5:28 AM
  Here's a great idea. I've had these plastic popsicle molds for years and they would make ideal popsicles for the kiddies. Of course, today's designs would be different but they can be bought at places like Target, KMart or Walmart.

Richcreator    -- 07-30-2009 @ 6:52 AM
I've created a web site to publish my Cho Cho recipe creation
as a deterrent to anyone thinking to plagerize by creation.
I will be updating it frequently. Smile

This message was edited by Richcreator on 7-31-09 @ 10:00 PM

bademento    -- 07-30-2009 @ 10:00 AM
  Is it 3 or 4 tablespoons of Carnation Choc. malt.  On Diana's is says 3.  On the website it says 4.   And, is there a vanilla ice cream Richcreator would suggest.  There are so many.  I tried it already and I would like to try it again but I need to know a good Vanilla to use and whether it is 3 or 4 tablespoons.  And, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

jonitn    -- 07-31-2009 @ 6:46 AM
  RICH     Brilliant Cool Indifference


GBoone    -- 08-01-2009 @ 6:35 AM
  WOW Rich Creator, your site is fantastic
and so is your recipe!!!!!!

rene3212    -- 08-03-2009 @ 6:23 AM
  To my relief, my ice cream did not melt too much on the way home, and they had both flavors of malt at my local store.  I got some cups and since they did not have popsicle sticks, I used plastic spoons instead.

RICH:  I tried the recipe and it is close to what I remember.  I do think it needs a little more chocolate malt though.  After reading a few replies to this forum since my last, I will have to check out your website for myself.

I would like to thank you for giving me a chance to bring this great snack to my kids. They liked the Cho-Cho's so much that they ate them all in one night!  They wanted me to go out the next day and get more ice cream so they could make them.  I'll have to try making a gallon next time.

DIANA:  Thank you for this web-site!  I'll continue to watch this particular forum and i'll have to check and see what other forum's you have that I would be interested in.  You have brought back a childhood memory and made it possible to pass on to another generation!

joeljackson2    -- 08-03-2009 @ 12:16 PM
  To get a more Chocolate flavor, which I think is more authenic. Just use 4 Tablespoons of CHOCOLATE MALT instead of one vanilla and three CHOCOLATE.It's just like I remember here in West TN in 1948. I think the QUEST is OVER. Just remember to use Real Ice Cream NOT iced Milk.


Richcreator    -- 08-04-2009 @ 7:05 AM
  Again, I was born in 1935. I was 4 years old when the original Cho Cho was first sold and I was 10 years old in 1945 and I surely remember the malt flavor, not the chocolate flavor. All the imitations since the original had a chocolate flavor and they still do today and nobody raves like they raved over the original because the original Cho Cho was more malty than it was chocolate.
I found that the Schwan food service Co. sells & delivers a Chocolate Malt Push Up. You must buy 24 @ $11.99 (50 cents each). Again, people say that there is not enough malt flavor.

This message was edited by Richcreator on 8-4-09 @ 7:14 AM

bspavor    -- 09-09-2009 @ 5:11 PM
  I'm 67 years old and one of my best momories is my brother taking me on his bike to get a CHO CHO. The store was about a mile away The great thing about the CHO CHO are the memories.  Everything taste better when your a kid, and we all want that back. I just feel better knowing you are all my friends.
Love to all


Mr_Roarke    -- 09-10-2009 @ 8:48 AM

I'm 67 years old and one of my best momories is my brother taking me on his bike to get a CHO CHO. The store was about a mile away The great thing about the CHO CHO are the memories.  Everything taste better when your a kid, and we all want that back.

When I was a kid I could easily walk a mile for a cho cho. I didn't need a bike to go a mile. I walked 3 miles to school every day and then 3 miles back after school. Memories are for remembering what you had yesterday but don't have today. Today, thanks to Richcreator, memories are a reality. We don't have to remember Cho Cho's. All we have to do is make them and eat them. But I agree with you about everything tasting better when we were kids, like spinach and carrots and mushrooms and broccoli and we all what that taste back, don't we. duh....... :confused:

jtboobers    -- 10-27-2009 @ 2:32 PM
  I too ate Cho Cho Bars at school in the 60's.  I little different than the ones you describe.  These were the size of Eskimo Pies with a stick and malted milk ice cream covered with the same chocolate coating but with crunchies in the coating.  Not very hard to research on the internet.  They were made by Hood & Sons which later became HP Hood Inc. and is now HP Hood, LLC after acquiring some other companies.  They did make the Cho Cho Bars I remember.  I emailed them just to make sure but I am pretty sure this is the company and they are still in business.


dwells    -- 10-28-2009 @ 10:04 AM
  JT, please let us know if you hear back from Hood.  Your Cho Cho bar is the one I remember as well.

jtboobers    -- 10-28-2009 @ 6:23 PM
  Haven't heard back yet but I'll keep you posted.


WrongNumber    -- 11-09-2009 @ 1:30 PM
  Go here and this is what we had in Mendota Ill.
When I was 8 or 9 years old I knew the driver of the "Purity Ice Cream" truck, and about once a week we would catch him at the neighborhood store and con him out of a couple of free Cho Chos.

dagwood    -- 11-10-2009 @ 12:25 AM
  The Topic is "Cho Cho Ice Cream Bars From the 50's"......NOT THE 60'S, NOT THE 70'S NOT THE 80'S.....BUT THE 50'S...THE 50'S

This message was edited by dagwood on 11-10-09 @ 12:29 AM

WrongNumber    -- 11-10-2009 @ 4:50 PM
  My first post and I get yelled at, so I guess this is the last post.
BTW, my post was about the 40's....

Mimi    -- 11-10-2009 @ 5:20 PM
  Scary isn't it?  Too bad but it seems that a stroll down memory is a no no.  I am so sorry but it is what it is.  

buzzrdly1    -- 11-10-2009 @ 7:14 PM
  Hey Wrongnumber, email me if you wish.  I graduated from MHS in '65.  Got my Cho Chos from the butcher shop in Compton, where I grew up.

Was the Purity truck connected with the Purity Dairy Bar?

Don't let the turkeys get you down.

dwells    -- 11-11-2009 @ 10:21 AM
  Wrongnumber, thanks for posting!  Pretty cool picture that you referenced for the address.

If you own a Ford automobile today, is it an immatation because it isn't a 1903 Ford?

nikki    -- 11-22-2009 @ 1:20 PM
  I have not read many of these posts because I am not familiar with the product.  But I just saw that there had been some recent posts and decided to read the most recent.....Some people are strung a little tight if you ask me....
Y'all have a Happy Thanksgiving.

"Grandma Ikki"

TomNyhan    -- 11-22-2009 @ 7:44 PM
  aha ChoChos, a summer-winter delight. my Grandmother (RIP) gave us, I was a twin, a nickle on Sunday morning after mass to buy a Cho Cho from the corner grocery store. In San Francisco, every intersection had at least one it seemed.When you picked out your Cho Cho you dug deep in the freezer for the coldest ones, then warm it up by rubbing it between your hands.
This was in the 1940s. We had a summer home in Guerneville on the Russian River, a small grocery next to deSmit's Resort had Cho Chos too.

Mimi    -- 11-23-2009 @ 8:54 AM
  Hey T,
Thanks for the memory, as usual.  We had our summer place at Camp Meeker.  Remember the great hot dog place...I think it was Monte Rio.  Started with R.  Ah OH off topic.  Oh we had Cho Cho's in Camp Meeker... I think.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Mimi

Richcreator    -- 12-03-2009 @ 8:29 AM
  I eat cho cho's any time I want.
I've been eating cho cho's all summer and fall
and now I have lost a taste for them. Dreaming of the past is okay if you have nothing else but dreams but I
have cho cho's anytime so I've forgotten about the past.

snoboard    -- 12-03-2009 @ 9:15 AM
  Cho-Cho Bars - before my time, I guess?  But you said they're ice cream bars, , doesn't look like an ice cream bar to me!

snoboard    -- 12-03-2009 @ 9:27 AM
  Cho cho bars from

According to the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Cho Cho ice cream novelties were introduced by the Carnation Company June 6, 1939. The trademark was reassigned to the Popsicle Company in 1982. The brand/product expired in 2003. Original record here:

"Word Mark CHO-CHO Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: Ice Cream. FIRST USE: 19390605. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19390605 Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM Design Search Code Serial Number 71420448 Filing Date June 13, 1939 Current Filing Basis 1A Original Filing Basis 1A Registration Number 0378236 Registration Date June 4, 1940 Owner (REGISTRANT) Carnation Company CORPORATION DELAWARE 100 West 10th Street Wilmington DELAWARE (LAST LISTED OWNER) Popsicle Industries, Inc. UNKNOWN Englewood NEW JERSEY Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED Type of Mark TRADEMARK Register PRINCIPAL Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19800604 Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Cancellation Date June 22, 2001"

"America's gone Cho-Cho! Boys, girls, men, women...millions thrilled by big feast of cooling, delicious, nourishing. Chocolate Malted ice Cream for a Nickel! Yes, everywhere the great news is spreading about CHO-CHO-the brand-new "taste thrill way" to eat malted ice cream! And no wonder...for you've never had anything like CHO-CHO before! It's a big, nourishing feast of delicious ice cream, chock full of theat rich, chocolate malted flavor everybody loves. You, too, will be wild about CHO-CHO! Just think! For only a nickle you can get this big, tasty treat--on a stick--of delicious ice cream chock full of rich chocolate malted flavor. Look! it's Easy to Eat CHO-CHO. Here's all you do. Hurry to your favorite ice cream dealer's and get a CHO-CHO now. Then, one!--roll the cup between your hands. Two!--press bottoms of cup with your thumb. There!--pull out with the stick. And you're all set to enjoy the grandest-tasting ice cream sensation in years. Join the crowds that are flocking to your ice cream dealer's now. Hear them cheer this new way to eat chocolate malted ice cream. And discover an exciting new taste thrill--with CHO-CHO! See special, money-saving introductory coupon. CHO-CHO Company, Milwaukeee, Wisconsin."
---Display ad, Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1940 (p. G3) [NOTE: This ad contains illustrations of the product and copy of the coupon.] TextText

Richcreator    -- 12-03-2009 @ 3:59 PM
  Hey, Snoboard,
Go to my website and read all about Cho Cho's and then make your own following my recipe and you will not have any more questions and you will be in the know. Easy as pie.

bademento    -- 12-03-2009 @ 11:19 PM
  I tried the recipe.  The recipe is for the Cho Cho not the Cho Cho Bar since I saw the Cho Cho cup picture?  Along the way this web site switched to the Cho Cho.  I see NOW that it was intended for the Cho Cho Bar.   They were not at all the same.  I liked the recipe for the Cho Cho.  I didn't like the Cho Cho Bar of the 50's.  So people should be aware that this site does discuss two different ice creams.  I never realized that until a few months ago.

engineer3    -- 12-23-2009 @ 3:19 PM

Try visiting this link for the "Chocolate Malt Bars" recipe - I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for but I hope it would help.

Happy Holidays! Smile


Mr_Roarke    -- 01-01-2010 @ 11:41 AM
The Cho Cho's have been found months
ago. Haven't you read the comments? Nobody is looking
for anything like what you linked to. Are you a troll?
maybe you had too much to drink for the New Year?

This message was edited by Mr_Roarke on 1-1-10 @ 11:43 AM

TomNyhan    -- 01-01-2010 @ 9:36 PM
  engineer 3; Thanks for the recipe.

Kid from the Mission

dagwood    -- 01-03-2010 @ 7:01 AM
  yeah thanks mucho much for that recipe and heres a better one yet enjoy!!!

TessTruehart    -- 01-03-2010 @ 12:19 PM
  Delicious popsicle recipes. Thank you so so much for the link.I am so so glad I found this popsicle recipe website. Smile

chochome    -- 02-10-2010 @ 10:35 PM
  I was sitting on the couch tonite and was wondering where they got the name lifesaver for the peppermint candy. The round hard candy that looked like a miniture donut. Which started in 1912. The candy that would not melt in summeer. Oh Yea go on line and get enlightened. What would we do without the computer. It was called a lifesaver because of the shape of the candy. Ok that made sense. Then I thought I wonder if anyone would remember cho cho bars. Sure enough this site came up and away I went. I can only imagine the beautiful flavor of those little dixie cup malted awesome flavored ice cream. The texture and after taste was incredible. Kids today will never experience the things we enjoyed in the old days just simple things in life. No fancy electronics. No Cell phones. We could stay out all day and play with our friends. Not sit in our room and listen to loud music. What a grand life we had. I still miss those cho chos. I miss the real coca cola at the corner drugs store. They called them phosphates. Cola syrup with charged water in many flavors. Lime phosphates were my favorite. Our taste buds were always being tested. Opps I got carried away I hope I did not bore anyone. Thanks for listening, Joel

Best To You Joel

dagwood    -- 02-12-2010 @ 10:42 AM

chochome said:  I can only imagine the beautiful flavor of those little dixie cup malted awesome flavored ice cream. The texture and after taste was incredible. Kids today will never experience the things we enjoyed in the old days just simple things in life.

You don't have to imagine the flavor of the cho cho anymore, chochome.
Didn't you read this thread? The cho cho recipe can be made for you to enjoy and you can let all the kids you know experience the flavor also.
You can follow directions, can't you?
Live for the moment. Don't live in the past. Follow the cho cho recipe and enjoy life as it used to be today!

claybuster    -- 04-11-2010 @ 2:46 PM
  I also remember the cho cho's from the late 40's and early 50's.  I'm from Harrisburg, Pa. and the cho cho's were round with the base being larger then the top which allowed you to remove the paper covering more easily.  There was a round wooden  stick in the center of the bottom and when you pulled the paper covering off the top a round circular paper remained around the bottom of the cho cho so you didn't get your hand into the chocolate.  The cho cho was a malt flavored light chocolate. I wish you could still buy them because the were SUPER delicious.


Mr_Roarke    -- 04-18-2010 @ 6:14 PM

also remember the cho cho's from the late 40's and early 50's.  I'm from Harrisburg, Pa. and the cho cho's were round with the base being larger then the top which allowed you to remove the paper covering more easily.  There was a round wooden  stick in the center of the bottom and when you pulled the paper covering off the top a round circular paper remained around the bottom of the cho cho so you didn't get your hand into the chocolate.  The cho cho was a malt flavored light chocolate. I wish you could still buy them because the were SUPER delicious.  claybuster

You don't have to buy them.
Follow Rich's recipe!

Lee    -- 05-09-2010 @ 6:38 AM
  Hi, Diana.  I have a cookbook - The Joy of Ice Cream by Matthew Klein.  In it, he has a recipe for Vanilla Malted Ice cream.  Here it is:

1 tbsp malted milk powder
1 large egg
1 cup  half and half
3/4 cup granuated sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla
3 cups heavy cream

Put malted powder, egg, half and half, sugar and vanilla in a blender and blend well.  Slowly add the cream and continue blending on low speed until mixture is smooth, about 30 secs.

Freeze in ice cream maker according to mfr's directions.

Life's too short.  Eat a cookie!

Lee aka Ooma

dagwood    -- 05-20-2010 @ 5:31 PM
This discussion is about cho cho's. I am confused as to why you posted a recipe that has nothing to do with cho cho's.
Cho cho's are a malted chocolate treat and the recipe you posted has no chocolate in it whatsoever. Moreover, I can be certain that the recipe you posted cannot even be modified with chocolate to come close to the actual original taste of a cho cho but Rich's recipe, already posted here, tastes exactly like the original cho cho.
Lee, if you are interested in eating a cho cho, make Rich's recipe. If you are interested in the recipe you posted, you will not be enjoying a cho cho.

dwells    -- 05-25-2010 @ 9:25 AM
  dagwood you disapoint.  It took you 11 days to respond with your pimping of Richcreator's recipe.  A bit slower than in the past.  Your turn Mr_Roarke.

No, it doesn't taste exactly the way my Cho Cho tasted.  You see, there are two types of Cho Cho's (argument resurrection);originally sold in a cup and one sold as a bar later on in the 50-70's.Rich's recipe does not include the chocolate covering and the nuts/malt chunks...or whatever it was on the outside of the chocolate coating.  Argue all you want as to what is a cho cho...but if you asked my ice cream man in the 60-70's he wouldm't give you ice cream in a cup.

Give it a rest on the recipe...everyone can scroll up and see it.  This is an extremely long running thread, don't try killing it by bullying folks.  Some day an executive from an icecream company may see the interest and begin producing again.

Richcreator    -- 06-25-2010 @ 2:06 AM
This is a recipe website and recipe forums.
Please stop trying to hijack this thread with nonsense.
You insinuate some people are trying to kill this thread and are bullying folks. LOOK IN A MIRROR, DWELLS.
My recipe is exactly what Diana was/is looking for.
Your comments are out of place and uncalled for.
I sense some people here who don't want to see the recipe I created and who are trying to ignore it and continue this discussion as if it doesn't exist. I sense jealousy and contempt by you and others.
Rich's recipe for Cho Cho's

dwells    -- 06-25-2010 @ 9:41 AM
  Rich, you did not disappoint.

norman    -- 07-05-2010 @ 5:06 AM
  I'll never forget the Cho-Cho Bar.  When I was a child every evening the Ice Cream Man came to our neighborhood.  I always had a Cho-Cho Bar.  I have looked high and low for information on this delightful treat.  Finally I found some information, but not the information I was hoping for.  In 1939 Carnation developed the treat, then in 1982 it was reassigned to Popsicle. The worst news of all in 2003 the brand expired.  I can't believe I probably could have had a Cho-Cho Bar seven years ago.  Oh well, I will keep searching for a receipe.


TessTruehart    -- 07-07-2010 @ 2:16 PM

This message was edited by TessTruehart on 7-7-10 @ 2:17 PM

TessTruehart    -- 07-07-2010 @ 2:16 PM
  It's sad that Nancy is not playing with a full deck

but Nancy does not dissapoint dwells.

Richcreator    -- 07-07-2010 @ 6:17 PM
  This website, Diana's Desserts, is the only place I have placed a link to my recipe and there are now over 800 hits already to my recipe. In other words, over 800 people have linked to my recipe from this site.
Anybody who refuses to accept or acknowledge my recipe does so deliberately and people like Nancy and dwells are only playing contempt games.  Gasp

mikeconnors    -- 07-21-2010 @ 6:55 PM
  Every carnival, circus or school picnic had cho cho's. Malted flavored and easily made soft. You could peel the paper and push the malted ice cream up. I would love to have one today. I think my love for beer today started with the malt that made cho cho's so special.

Mike Connors

dagwood    -- 07-26-2010 @ 5:24 AM


Every carnival, circus or school picnic had cho cho's. Malted flavored and easily made soft. I would love to have one today.
Mike Connors

duh . . . all you have to do to have one is follow Rich Creator's recipe . . Confused

bademento    -- 07-26-2010 @ 6:56 AM
  Richcreator and dagwood have declared that Richcreator's recipe IS THE OLD CHO CHO taste.  I tried it and it may be good, but I don't feel it is the same as in the 50's.  We are entitled to our opinion.  They both get upset when people are still on their quest to find the 50's Cho Cho and they have made this web site mean.  It may be time to shut it down because of both of them, Sad to say.  I can remember when Richcreator put the recipe on line and then he wrote, offended that no one including Diana thanked him.  After all this time I can see we either agree, or he takes another shot at whoever doesn't agree.  This was fun, until ...TextText

dagwood    -- 07-26-2010 @ 3:34 PM
  On 3-16-2008 Diana had to reprimand bademento for bad mouthing. Looks like bademento needs another reprimand.

Also I noticed bademento posted on 6-26-2008 that she tried to create her own cho-cho recipe and failed. Is she jealous that somebody else succeeded? hmmmmmm!

bademento    -- 07-26-2010 @ 3:39 PM
  I won a bet.  You both are true to your form.  We have a little side emailings going on about the two of you.  Thanks for the laughs.

CathyC.    -- 08-26-2010 @ 10:49 AM
  I've been dreamin of Cho Chos for years! I was born and raised in San Francisco and got them from Joe's - the corner store in the Excelsior in the 60's. I think we might have gotten them from the ice cream truck as well. The closest thing I've found to the taste is Wendy's Chocolate Frosty - has a similar malt flavor.

Cathy Collins

CathyC.    -- 08-26-2010 @ 10:55 AM
  The Cho Cho I remember was a push up that we rolled between our hands to loosen it in order to push it up. Yummy.


Tokeitwo    -- 09-09-2010 @ 7:22 PM
  Wow!  My sister and I were talking about Cho Cho pops just a couple of days ago!  We visited a little shop {Polka Dots} in Panama City Beach, FL that specializes in all kinds of retro things.  We asked the store owner about these blasts from the past and he was going to look into them as well.  I grew up in the late 50's/early 60's in Harrisburg, Pa. and we bought Cho Chos from the local drug store.  Ours were on a stick with the malt or toffee crunchies in the chocolate coating but the malt ice cream was the same.  I was SHOCKED to read posts from people that live near the area that I grew up in...Enola?  Shipoke?  Know them well.  Anyway, Popsicle, get in gear and get these things back on the market!!!  We miss them!

just my addition, Sharon

Mr_Roarke    -- 09-20-2010 @ 3:23 PM
  It's so sad that people are either too lazy or simply incapable of making cho-cho's themselves by following Rich's easy recipe.
I've been making cho-cho's for a year now according to Rich's recipe.
You do without by waiting for someone else to make cho-cho's so you can buy them and they don't taste like a cho-cho anyway.
. . .again . . . so sad! Confused

arvind    -- 10-20-2010 @ 8:35 PM

Cherri    -- 12-14-2010 @ 1:30 PM
  I was amazed to find this site and the other people who loved the cho cho's!  I lived in Billings, Montana and across the street from us was a meat locker plant.  They are the only ones in town that sold them!
I was probably 6 or so.  My sis and I have wondered if there was anywhere we could find them.  But, we never have.  
So, even in Montana we knew the wonders of cho cho's!!!
Thanks for the happy memories!

pescatore    -- 06-21-2011 @ 9:41 PM
  I was born in 1934, remember cho cho bars well. Remember eating them in 1944 at the corner store. Last time I had one was in the mid 70's at a little place in McKean,Pa.Erie County.Made the 15 mile trip often as that was the last place left that sold them. They were a ice cream bar tan colored inside,heavy on malt flavor and covered with chocolate with crunchy bits on the outside.
They had a very distinctive taste kinda like a Wendy frosty but better. much better. I also recall the very first soft serve I ever ate I was about 5 at the time and they called them frosted malteds. This was in Erie ,Pa.
Was having a Wendy frosty with my Grandchild just last night and told her the story of how good Frosted malteds and cho cho bars were.That prompted a google search that brought me here. Do you remember the taste of Circus soft serve? The kind you bought at the circus under the big top. That had a distinctive taste also.

pescatore    -- 06-26-2011 @ 5:30 PM
  Had to come back and share my memory. Now I remember what made them special beside the malt flavor. The crumbles on the outer chocolate layer were toffee.
Thats what put the magic in them.

janetehardy    -- 06-30-2011 @ 10:21 PM
  I also loved the Cho Chos when I was growing up in Montana.  Years later in the 70's I was thrilled to find them in Santa Monica.  They were manufactured in Los Angeles, I noticed, but I never saw them again.  Today I experimented with a Chocolate Malted Milk recipe and it tastes as I remember!!!  So good.

janetehardy    -- 06-30-2011 @ 10:21 PM
  I also loved the Cho Chos when I was growing up in Montana.  Years later in the 70's I was thrilled to find them in Santa Monica.  They were manufactured in Los Angeles, I noticed, but I never saw them again.  Today I experimented with a Chocolate Malted Milk recipe and it tastes as I remember!!!  So good.

pescatore    -- 07-01-2011 @ 4:14 AM
  I tried the Richcreator receipe,followed it exactly,used Greyer ice cream,That may be the taste some of you remember of the round pops you talk of but its not the rich,sweet taste of the toffee coated bars we got in Pa.Actually a Wendy's frosty is better.

ginateach7    -- 07-03-2011 @ 7:32 PM
  The sell Cho Cho's at a restaurant near where I live in Pennsylvania.


dwells    -- 07-06-2011 @ 3:43 PM
Are they the Ice Cream bars or the ice cream in the cup type of Cho Cho?  Also, what is the name of the resturaunt?


Kenny619    -- 07-14-2011 @ 1:22 AM
  Diana, I really want to know this recipe. My wife wants to make this for my family relatives.

This message was edited by diana on 7-14-11 @ 10:33 AM

Celine    -- 07-17-2011 @ 6:57 AM
  This thread was started almost 10 years ago...and still alive and kicking, My goodness! As I read the first post by Diana, I can't help but wanting to also know the recipe for Cho Cho ice cream. So does the recipe still exist? I hope someone could point me to the post# for the recipe...if it exists.

Thanks so much.

This message was edited by diana on 7-17-11 @ 1:12 PM

candlescents    -- 07-27-2011 @ 4:00 PM
  I never heard of Cho cho's until I moved to Pennyslvania
with my husband.  He grew up on them and they are
delicious.  They sell them at the local ice cream store
near Reading, PA.  I don't like chocolate ice cream so I
was apprehensive about trying one but they are far from
chocolate ice cream.  They come in a cup with a stick in
the middle and you have to warm them up in your hand to
get the cover off.  It's interesting to read some of the
stories on here.

Havasuduo    -- 07-30-2011 @ 1:40 PM
  Hi, I lived in St. Louis, Mo. and bought Cho-Cho's at a little Italian
market near my house on Warren St. Now it is the historically renewed
"old French Quarter" but back then it was mainly Italian people in the
area. The streets were cobblestone and the sidewalks were brick laid in
a herringbone design. The Italian street venders would come by every
evening with shave ice & Cinnamon Candy Apples.
The Cho-Cho's I had were on a stick in sort of a paper cup. Slightly
narrower at the top of the ice cream. They were chocolate malt flavor
and did not have any candy or hard dip chocolate on them. They were
This was about 1951 or 52.

Make it a great day,

Havasuduo    -- 07-30-2011 @ 1:46 PM
  Hi, Could the person that buys them in Reading, Pa. please post the
company name that makes them.

Make it a great day,

DoctorT    -- 09-17-2011 @ 1:19 PM

You can still find "original" cho cho's at Schell's Dairy Swirl, located at 4625 5th Street Hwy, Temple, PA, phone number:  610-939-9676.  They may be willing to tell you what's in them and then you can experiment with the recipe until you have a flavor the meets your taste; or they may be willing to part with their recipe.  In any event, good luck.  



skydancer    -- 09-24-2011 @ 2:43 PM
  I found this....hope its what you are looking for!

according to lots of people, this is the recipe that comes closest to the original Cho Cho.

Cho Cho
(Recipe by Rich Creator)

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
3 tablespoons Carnation Chocolate Malted Milk powder
1 tablespoon Carnation Original Malted Milk powder

With a mixer, mix on high speed until creamy.
Pour into plastic drinking cups, insert a Popsicle stick, freeze.
(Note: Some recommend using 4 tablespoons of the chocolate malted milk powder instead of 3.)

This message was edited by skydancer on 9-24-11 @ 2:47 PM

pescatore    -- 09-24-2011 @ 3:11 PM
  That does'nt even come close. Wendys frosty is closer but no match.

ReadingKate    -- 10-22-2011 @ 12:52 PM
  As I recall from childhood (and the other evening!!), the cho-chos
were poured into a bathroom sized dixie cup, TINY by any ice
cream lover's standard; a flat popsicle stick inserted and covered
with a flat round paper cover, pierced by the stick to cover the ice
cream and act as a drip shield for the hand(AS IF!!). In Reading, PA
they were made or at least sold by Clover Farms Dairy, but they
discontinued them in the 70s or early 80s. As I recall from the other
night, it was/is a light chocolate malt as creamy as butter, one rolls
the delicate paper cup tween the palms to free the creamy malt
goodness from its paper prison and then the tongue laps furiously to
avoid dripping it all over the lap or steering wheel. I noted the
delicacy was no longer manufactured by local dairy, but a woman
who brought them back to the market for local "boomers" to revisit
the artery clogging (no doubt cuz it couldnt be this creamy
otherwise--and who cares, really?) joys of their youth. No
ingredients were listed on the single serve portions, but I will check
to see on the mass quantity pack. Not sure how it gets so creamy
since malt tends to grainy up ice cream--- think dusty road sundae!

hvac_01453    -- 12-06-2011 @ 4:43 PM
  Refrence the clown... I found this online for you.  Only $15.00 a poster!

Nothing is so easy it can't be done wrong.

hvac_01453    -- 12-06-2011 @ 4:55 PM
  When I was 13YO a stray dog followed me home from school. He was a hideous looking dog but I thought he was pissa! He was about 65# B&W terrior mix that looked like the egg sucker dog in the Disney film.  Earlier in the day The ice cream man drove by and I got an ice cream called a ChoCho bar.  I live in Mass and the big ice cream manufactureris HP Hood & Sons or just Hood. I saw online they made a Cho Cho crunch bar and it appears that they have automobile trading cards. I shared  the ice cream with the dog and he stayed around. I got to keep him... so I named him Cho Cho. I took him everywhere, and I mean everywhere including restaurants, church,... I don't remember the ice cream, but I do the dog... its was spring 1964.a poster is available online for $15

Nothing is so easy it can't be done wrong.

Marinne    -- 12-12-2011 @ 11:23 AM
  I grew up eating Cho Chos in Reading PA. I would get them from the ice cream man coming down the street. You can still buy them there. Julie's Olde Tyme Cho Chos. Reading, PA 19605. Email address
I still enjoy them when I get home to visit.

chochojulie    -- 12-13-2011 @ 8:11 PM
  Hi! I am Julie from Julie's Olde-Tyme Cho-Chos in Reading, PA. I brought cho-chos back to the Reading area about 5 years ago, and they are currently sold in several locations locally. Some of those places include: V&S-Sinking Spring, Kwik-Shoppe-Shoemakersville, Hershey Harvest-Laureldale, The Dog House-Reading, T&C's Market-Leesport, and C&R Sandwich Shop in Antietam. I hope that this helps some of you who have been looking for cho-chos to make a comeback. They are very creamy and delicious - and I have been told they taste very much like the originals (I am 27, so I was not around for the original cho-chos). If you do try them, please let me know what you think! I would appreciate if you would "like" my page on Facebook as well. Just search for Julie's Olde-Tyme Cho-Chos. Take care everyone, and Merry Christmas!

bonnieleibold    -- 01-29-2012 @ 5:36 PM
  Absolutely do remember them.  Walked past the bakery
every day on my way to school that sold them.  Every
time I eat a Wendy's chocolate frosty it makes me think
of them.  I've also never had anyone else ever tell me
that they remember them either.  I live in eastern
Pennsylvania, so they evidently were nationwide.  The
cho-cho's that we had didn't have any chocolate crunch
as someone else described.  Just the round frozen
malted ice cream on a stick that you rolled in your
hands to get the paper wrapper off.  I wonder if a
frozen 'frosty' on a stick would taste like the cho-
cho's of past?????

Bonnie Leibold

kbpot    -- 04-06-2012 @ 10:41 AM
  I have a Cho Cho bar barrell. I plan on selling it on ebay, are there any collectors here who would be interested in purchasing it? respond for pictures  Smile


joeljackson2    -- 04-09-2012 @ 1:41 PM
  What's a Cho Cho Bar Barrell?


Maryannm    -- 04-14-2012 @ 4:23 AM
  I have had something similar to this called a Melo roll.  We are going all the way back to my childhood in the mid sixties.  Have not seen them since, but they were so good, still in my memory bank.

Kindest Regards,

bozzie    -- 04-22-2012 @ 12:29 AM
  Having grown up in the St.Louis area, I remember Cho CHO Ice
cream bars as a kid. I also remember vendors at the old Sportsmans park Cardinal baseball stadium selling
them on warm days at the stadium.

I've never found a real recipe for them, but a friend who worked at a regional ice cream maker once told me that the chocolate malt ice cream also had some flour
added as well as binder to prevent quick melting of
their product. Mixed all ingredients then filled the cups and frozen.  Never found out how much flour was added to the soft Ice cream. I just remember how great they tasted.


Keep it real

clmatt    -- 05-09-2012 @ 1:11 AM
  I really love this kind of ice cream! It's delicious and one of my favorite sweets! Once I found a possibility to order it from! Have you tried this already? This is really comfy. The Cho Cho Bars are really good there! (although I cannot see them right now, maybe they're out of stock right now?

Bruno    -- 05-18-2012 @ 10:49 PM
  Diana herself started this thread by asking for a Cho Cho recipe. This thread has anything but cho cho recipes. People ask where they can be  bought. People tell how much they liked them but I only saw one complete recipe posted and everybody ignores this recipe including Diana. I read all the way through this thread and I didn't see Diana give any thanks to the person posting the only recipe.The recipe by Rich Creator 3 years ago now has the same exact taste as the Cho Cho's sold at the V&S sandwich shop for $1.09 each in Sinking Springs PA today. Thank you Diana for being contemptable.

bademento    -- 05-19-2012 @ 12:16 PM
  I have been searching for the Old Time Cho Cho of the 1950's since 1960.  The one in the small cup, not the ice cream bar.  

"     I have written to most ice cream maker companies with not one reply,
"     paid and filed for info from the US Patent Office and got the patent number from the Dixie cup,
"     tried every recipe I found on Diane's web site and the Internet,
"     Paid over $160 to have them shipped from Tucker's in CA,
"     paid to have them sent from Schells Daily Bar in Temple, PA,  and
"     had friends bring them home from Julie's Olde Tyme Cho Cho, in Reading, PA, and from
"     Wendy's.  
"     The only thing I haven't tried is some drink from Dairy Queen which is supposed to be like it.

None of the above taste like the Original Cho Cho.  Yes, the ones made in PA taste similar to Rich Creator, but they are missing something from the 1950 version.  I even tried Rich Creator a few times, using various vanilla ice cream.  And yes, they taste like the ones made in PA by two different companies.

Let's try to think what the taste was like.  I was thinking maybe a touch of caramel.  Whatever it is, it is definitely missing from everything I have tried so far, and that is over 50 years of research.

diana    -- 05-19-2012 @ 1:42 PM
  Dear Bruno,
I am so sorry for not thanking Rich Creator for his recipe for Cho Cho's. I am thanking him now (Thank you Rich so very much!!), and also I want to thank you Bruno for bringing this to my attention. Please except my apology.

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

bademento    -- 05-19-2012 @ 2:08 PM
  Very cute Diana  .......

leonadavis06    -- 05-21-2012 @ 1:45 AM
  I remembered my grandmother giving me that when I was a kid. It was really delicious.

I was intimidated by the world

dwells    -- 05-21-2012 @ 7:29 AM
  Been missing Richcreator, dagwood, and Mr_Roarke.  Bruno: same content and same tone.  Same person or family?  Welcome back to your Cho Cho frustration.

Bruno    -- 05-23-2012 @ 8:05 PM
  AGAIN, this thread is supposed to be about a recipe for Cho Cho's.


bademento    -- 05-23-2012 @ 10:38 PM
  Diana:  after reading your first email (today), I can see why Bruno is confused.    There is a Cho Cho in a cup with a stick and also a Cho Cho Bar.  Both are talked about in the first message and also throughout the message board.  That is the reason for the confusion.  I probably read the first message back when, but not since.  People should be clear about which they are writing about.  My research was on the Cho Cho in the cup, if you refer to my previous messages.

diana    -- 05-24-2012 @ 1:25 PM
  When I first brought up the discussion about Cho Cho's, I was talking about the ones in the cup with a stick in it, not the bar. Hope I have cleared this up for you and everyone else. Sorry for the confusion!

Sincerely, Diana
Diana's Desserts

oldgrunt    -- 06-01-2012 @ 9:15 PM
  Back in the late 50's I used to spend some weeks in the summers with my sister and her family in Utica, NY There is where I found the Cho Cho ice cream cups with the stick. I never noticed the bar, perhaps the store didn't carry them. I never forgot that rich malted taste. Many decades later, on one of my sister and her husband's visits to my house. I tried to duplicate that treat. As I recall, I took regular chocolate ice cream partially melted and added  malted milk powder that I mixed with cream, after it was blended well, I refroze it. As I recall the Cho Cho ice cream didn't have a lot of chocolate in it, it was pretty pale. My brother in law agreed with me that I had come very close to the original flavor. I don't believe I measured any of the ingrediants just went by have at it and good luck. Amazing how a dairy treat can make such an impact on so many people......

Mr_Roarke    -- 06-05-2012 @ 10:29 PM
  >quote< diana  05-19-2012 @ 1:42PM                                  
  Dear Bruno,
I am so sorry for not thanking Rich Creator for his recipe for Cho Cho's. I am thanking him now (Thank you Rich so very much!!), and also I want to thank you Bruno for bringing this to my attention. Please except my apology.

Never in my life have I seen such a blatant disingenous apology
which reveals the true character of the person.

bademento    -- 06-05-2012 @ 11:37 PM

That is an assumption on your part.  Diana may have mispelled the word except/accept.
Whatever she meant, I agree with her.

I have included on this site all of the research I have done and purchases that I have made to find the "true cho cho in a cup."  I don't need a thank you.  I appreciate Diana creating this site for us to share.  Diana, please accept my thanks, I should have done it much sooner.

I have a problem with Bruno and Rich Creator's attitudes.  They shine a dark cloud on something that was meant to be enjoyable to research and remember the past.

Diana, Please don't get discouraged or even consider closing down this site.  You are making too many people happy.  As Abe Lincoln said,You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you cant please all of the people all of the time.  You are obviously pleasing the majority of the cho cho cup people most of the time.

I really can't figure out why it is so important to be recognized for a contribution to this site OR people choosing to continue to look further until they are content they have found it.  

Barbara DeMento

TanyaR    -- 07-11-2012 @ 11:49 AM
  I don't know if you ever found the Cho-Cho bars or the recipes, however, I found a site that lists a place that they can still be purchased as well as a recipe for them.

Tanya R.

bademento    -- 07-11-2012 @ 4:11 PM
  I tried both and neither taste like the original Cho Cho.  Tuckers was so far off and I had them shipped to the east coast from the west coast.

Good try, Thanks.

kadnil    -- 07-12-2012 @ 8:09 AM
  Hi...My mother always thought that a Wendy's Frosty was just like the Cho
Cho's of her youth.  Here is a link to a recipe for the Frosty...maybe try
making it and then freezing it into the shape you want.

Good luck!

sunset    -- 04-01-2013 @ 9:06 PM
  I just discovered this site when I was searching for the Cho-Cho Ice Cream
that I remember from childhood in San Francisco.  On Saturday
afternoons, I would go down to my grandmother's house, two blocks
away, to watch Bar-Seven Theater.  We didn't have a TV.  My dad thought
that it was a "passing fancy."  That turned out to be a good thing; when we
finally got one, we had the biggest screen on our block.  Sorry for
digressing a bit.  My grandmother would give me money to go to the
corner market to buy ice cream.  I always bought Cho-Chos in the cup
with the stick.  After 60+ years, I can still remember the feeling of rolling
the cup in my palms to loosen the ice cream, and I can still remember that
wonderful taste.  I have enjoyed reading other people's memories of such
a unique ice cream.  Thanks, Sue  

Megnut    -- 04-18-2013 @ 11:48 AM
  I found this on Cho-Cho's:
Cho cho bars

According to the records of the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office, Cho Cho ice cream novelties were
introduced by the Carnation Company June 6, 1939. The
trademark was reassigned to the Popsicle Company in
1982. The brand/product expired in 2003. Original
record here:

"Word Mark CHO-CHO Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC
030. US 046. G & S: Ice Cream. FIRST USE: 19390605.
FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19390605 Mark Drawing Code (5)
Search Code Serial Number 71420448 Filing Date June 13,
1939 Current Filing Basis 1A Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0378236 Registration Date June 4,
1940 Owner (REGISTRANT) Carnation Company CORPORATION
DELAWARE 100 West 10th Street Wilmington DELAWARE (LAST
LISTED OWNER) Popsicle Industries, Inc. UNKNOWN
Englewood NEW JERSEY Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19800604 Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date June 22, 2001"

"America's gone Cho-Cho! Boys, girls, men,
women...millions thrilled by big feast of cooling,
delicious, nourishing. Chocolate Malted ice Cream for a
Nickel! Yes, everywhere the great news is spreading
about CHO-CHO-the brand-new "taste thrill way" to eat
malted ice cream! And no wonder...for you've never had
anything like CHO-CHO before! It's a big, nourishing
feast of delicious ice cream, chock full of theat rich,
chocolate malted flavor everybody loves. You, too, will
be wild about CHO-CHO! Just think! For only a nickle
you can get this big, tasty treat--on a stick--of
delicious ice cream chock full of rich chocolate malted
flavor. Look! it's Easy to Eat CHO-CHO. Here's all you
do. Hurry to your favorite ice cream dealer's and get a
CHO-CHO now. Then, one!--roll the cup between your
hands. Two!--press bottoms of cup with your thumb.
There!--pull out with the stick. And you're all set to
enjoy the grandest-tasting ice cream sensation in
years. Join the crowds that are flocking to your ice
cream dealer's now. Hear them cheer this new way to eat
chocolate malted ice cream. And discover an exciting
new taste thrill--with CHO-CHO! See special, money-
saving introductory coupon. CHO-CHO Company,
Milwaukeee, Wisconsin."
---Display ad, Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1940 (p.
G3) [NOTE: This ad contains illustrations of the
product and copy of the coupon.]

Many people recall this particular frozen treat with
fondness. Some memories here.

Megnut    -- 04-18-2013 @ 11:56 AM
  opps, sorry, did'nt see the whole thread only the first
few so didn't know that this was already discussed.

I_Am_Alice    -- 04-19-2013 @ 6:11 PM
  Hi, Diana. I'm new here. I noticed your
question about the Cho-Cho ice cream bar. I've never
had them, I'm only nineteen, but I've found a few sites
describing them, and I've seen (and made) something
very similar.  All you need is an ice cream maker, a
basic chocolate ice cream recipe and some malt (the
kind you just stir into milk, like Carnation brand).
Any ice cream recipe can be altered to incorporate
malt. After you make the ice cream, let it stay soft
for a few minutes and push it into 5 oz Dixie cups (or
the like). Place a circle of food-safe cardboard or
parchment paper over the top and push a Popsicle stick
through into the soft ice cream; freeze until hard. Or
just make it easy and use a popsicle mold... Smile

Mad as a Hatter

bgstill    -- 05-22-2013 @ 3:08 PM
  I am so proud to be part of the Spagnolo family from Spagnolo's Ice Cream.  This Ice Cream company was in Harrisburg, PA which has been closed for many years now and once sold the Cho Cho.  They were great and I so miss eating them.  My first memory of a Cho Cho was about age five.  Rolling that cup in my hand, hearing that pop when you pulled it out of the cup and then eating that great tasting frozen malted milk flavored treat was the best part of summer as a child.  I so would like to make a trip to that store in Temple, PA. and see if they have the same thing or not.

MaryBarker    -- 05-23-2013 @ 7:56 AM
  I too am part of the Spagnolo family of the former
Spagnolo Ice Cream Company in Harrisburg, PA.  To give
just one example of how popular the Cho Cho's were here
in the 1950's, I will just tell you that a mention of
them, during a private conversation, at small grocery
store in Hershey last week, elicited comments from at
least 4 nearby shoppers.  One women said, "Did you say
something about Cho Cho's?  Where can I get some? I
haven't had one in years.  They were my favorite."  

Eat more Cho Cho's
Mary Kathryn

scotttime    -- 03-21-2014 @ 2:10 AM
  Hi folks,

I'm here to discuss Cho-Chos, somebody brought up old ice cream favorites on facebook and I thought about them, the search led me here and what a great thread it was.  but I skimmed a little and will go back and see what I missed later.

Anyway I want to add what I have to offer to this topic.

My era of Cho-Chos was from approximately 1965 thru sometime in the 70s.  My parents ran a country store which I later helped out at, and we had a selection of ice cream which included the Cho-Cho popsicles, the wrapper had some dark green in it, I can't seem to find a pic of it on the internet though.  These popsicles were standard and not the ones depicted from the earlier days molded in a cup.  It was the malted chocolate ice cream with a chocolate coating with crunchy bits.  For years I have seen the various attempts at these by current brands but they often have vanilla ice cream, never have I tasted a similar one.

As for the pure chocolate malt in a cup, as I recall, the same vendor provided these, they were in a cup and were purely chocolate malt ice cream, I think they were just called Chocolate Malt Cup or something like that but weren't as good as Cho-Chos.

I'd love to both see a picture of the wrapper and have one again, somehow I find it hard to believe somebody somewhere isn't making them.  

joeljackson2    -- 03-22-2014 @ 3:31 PM
  I have a friend who made Cho Cho's. They received the refrigerated liquid mix from St. Louis. He the just poured the liquid into the cups  capped it with a stick and lid and placed the rack of one dozen into the freezer. This happened in Jackson, TN. in about 1956.


Shelbyben    -- 04-30-2014 @ 8:01 PM
  I have been looking for these for years..They used to be delivered via
ice cream truck in the 1950s..They were called CHO CHO POPS on
Long Island New York....They were a malted milk Ice cream bar that
was covered with a chocolate shell that had rice Krispy type things in
it...I have been looking for these for years....I have never seen the
other kinds you are talking about.. These were not in stores in New
York, only delivered by the ice cream man....

Barbara--You have never lived till you
have done something for someone
that can never repay you...

trowlett    -- 07-11-2014 @ 1:21 PM
  Hi Diana and all,

I'm brand spanking new to this site, so I haven't read all the other comments yet. What brought me to this site was that just a couple of days ago I was thinking back to my childhood and for some strange reason cho chos came to mind. From what I understand, all people as they get older have this thing about spending a lot of their time thinking good thoughts about things long ago. I know that as I get older, I do that. Well, when I was a child in Trumann, AR., my Dad owned a grocery store and I worked there quite a bit. Lots of times when things would be slow, Dad and I would take the time to eat some type of ice cream. Some of these were: Wonder Bars, Push Ups, Fudgecicles, Dreamcicles, Popcicles, and of course Cho Chos. I also remember that two brands of ice cream that we sold were Midwest and Sealtest. I can't remember if there were others. But, I do remember eating cho chos, so I suppose that one of these companies made them.

bademento    -- 08-22-2014 @ 6:36 AM

I just received a reply from Nestle (who owns
Carnation, the original company that made Cho Cho's.  
My response from them calls for action by anyone who
would want to see Cho Cho's made again.   Please read
on and reply to Nestle using the Case #26023731

Response from Nestle Case ID: 26023731
Date: 8/21/2014 1:55:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Nestle Drumstick Customer Service Email Page 1 of 1
Friday, August 22, 2014 AOL: BADeMento
Dear Ms. DeMento,
Thank you for your email letting us know of your
disappointment in being unable to find
Nestlé® Carnation® Ice Cream at your local market. I
realize how frustrating it can be when you
can't find your favorite dessert treats.
Unfortunately, this particular product line has been
discontinued. Each year, we evaluate our
current flavors and products, adding some new ones
while discontinuing those that aren't selling
as well. We listen closely to our consumers and if we
hear from enough shoppers who share your
disappointment, we will certainly consider bringing
this product back into our line-up.
The specific recipe for this ice cream is proprietary
information, therefore we would be unable to
share it with you.
We appreciate your taking the time to contact our
company to let us know of your flavor
Kimberley Jones
Consumer Response Representative

Shelbyben    -- 08-22-2014 @ 11:31 AM
  I just sent an email to the address you just sent out begging them to
start making them again...I did my part, now everyone else needs to
get on the band would love to introduce my
grandchildren to CHO CHO POPS!!

Barbara--You have never lived till you
have done something for someone
that can never repay you...

Ljdavid    -- 09-20-2014 @ 3:31 PM
  I have talked about the Cho Cho bar for years! The only place that I
ever remember having it was at the lake we used to belong to.
Lakeland Acres in Cortland, NY) They were my absolute favorite!
Today, my husband and I stopped in our nearby Rite Aid where they
actually sell ice cream cones and cups! They had a Malted choco
crunch ice cream! OMG! It reminded me of the Cho Cho bars! Yum! I
will be returning to buy more asap! I'll skip the cone next time,
because it took away from the deliciousness! Maybe I'll get some to
take home!  So much for my diet!  Smile


LJP    -- 11-04-2014 @ 12:08 PM
  I've just received a message from Nestlé's regarding
Cho Chos.
I think if we can more people to write requesting the return of our favorite ice cream treat, perhaps it would happen.

Dear Ms. Peppiatt,

Thank you for your email regarding Nestlé® Ice Cream Cups. We always enjoy hearing from our consumers with suggestions about ways to improve our products.

Our flavor team works year-round experimenting with new flavor ideas or modifications to flavors we already offer. While we cannot guarantee that your request will be acted upon immediately, we can assure you that we will pass along your suggestion to our flavor team members for their consideration.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.


Roberto Pachino
Consumer Response Representative



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MikeSosa    -- 01-27-2015 @ 10:06 PM
  I was searching Google for Cho Cho Ice Cream and came across this discussion.  I also thought no one remembered.  That was my favorite ice cream bar in the early 1960s when I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  

Who made the ice cream - Nestles or Hershey's?  I used to love the crunchy malt flavor where the inside was not totally chocolate or vanilla.  

One time I was hanging out with the son of a bodega owner while my dad helped the owner build shelves.  Well I got in so much trouble because the son and I each ate anywhere from six to eight each cho cho bars in one sitting.  That was the summer I graduated from sixth grade.  I think it was the summer of 1963.

Wonder whatever happened to those ice cream bars.  Man would I love to have one.

As an aside, in the Puerto Rican community the name was amusing and as kids we got a kick out of it because it very very closely sounds a like a vulgar term for a female body part.

While I have only read a few of the posts I know I am not crazy (at least as it relates to this ice cream. further, I have found a community that loves the same ice cream I so loved growing up in Williamsburg, Bklyn and will never forget (that taste).  

Jim    -- 01-29-2015 @ 7:58 AM
  Since the 2003 blog posts, it's interesting to read the different
experiences with what is called the Cho Cho malt ice cream treat.
The Cho Cho that I knew and loved came on a stick in a round 5-oz
size cup with a colorful clown picture on the wrapper. This was during
the late 40's thru 60's. It wasn't the typical Eskamo pie type thing with
a coating or crunch........just a smooth malt ice rolled
the cup between your hands to soften the frozen treat, then when the
malt was softened, the clown wrapper could be slipped off revealing
a malt treat with a perfect consistency for licking!!  I think the clown
wrapper and process was part of the fun.

Best Regards, Jim

bademento    -- 01-29-2015 @ 4:03 PM
  how do I show a photo of the original cup with the

choachobar    -- 12-09-2015 @ 7:16 AM
  Came acrossed this site and got a kick out of it.  I grew up just outside of Philly and the Jack and Jill ice cream truck came around every day.  I ended up with the nick name Choachobar, Choach for short.  Evan a song. Joey you want a rocket no I want a choachobar, joey you want an ice cream sandwich no I want a choachobar and so on.  I got the nick name in the 60s and when I see some of the old neighborhood boys they still call me choach today. A great malted ice cream stick

SteeltonGirl    -- 01-25-2016 @ 6:09 PM
  I confess to being a saver.  Today I found amongst my
souvenirs the paper circle from a Cho-Cho. Googled the
dairy (Muhlenberg Dairy in Reading PA) to see what I
could find out about my childhood treat.  Alas, they
are no longer in business but then I stumbled upon your
site and was astounded to see how far back the
commentary went on the history of the Cho-Cho.  Grew up
in Steelton PA and Spagnolas was the source of favorite
treat.  Moved to Ohio in the 70's and the souvenir
circle came from actually finding them in Springfield.  
I must have saved the circle because I'd been craving
them for years and was so excited to find them again.  
Back in Cincinnati for past 35 years and no Cho-Cho's
to be had.  Way back in the commentary string, there
were several from the Harrisburg PA area that mentioned
Spagnolas and I'm sure we enjoyed the same Cho-Cho's.  
LOL, the circle even has instructions on how to get
them out of the cup. I'm going to get on the Facebook
page of a Steelton woman who has a lot of local
resources and will keep you posted if I find the REAL
Cho-Cho, if it's there to be had.  Enjoyed the trip
thru everyone's childhoods!    


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