Modern Retro Recipe: Goblin Frosties

I was looking through my vintage cookbooks for a fun Halloween dessert (that didn’t involve a pumpkin) when I came across these adorable guys.  Using oranges instead of pumpkins, you create little jack-o-lanterns using cloves, licorice, and maraschino cherries and fill them with lime sherbert.


Goblin Frosties

4 medium oranges
2-3 Licorice whips, cut into 1/4” pieces
Whole cloves
1 to 1 1/2 quarts lime sherbet
4 maraschino cherries with stems


With a sharp knife, cut off thin slice of peel from bottom of orange to enable it to stand firmly.

Slice off enough to make the orange stand on its own.

For the hat, cut off anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 from the top of the orange.

Slice off the top to make the hat

With spoon, scoop out pulp and membrane from the orange (this is easier with a fruit spoon).

Scoop out the orange and membrane

Using a toothpick, poke holes in the peel where you will want the mouth and nose to go.  Stick the cloves in the holes you just made.

Poke holes in the peel with toothpick and insert whole cloves

With the point of a paring knife, cut two holes for the eyes.  Carefully insert the cut licorice whips into the holes you just made.

Carefully cut out holes for the eyes.

Fill oranges with sherbet, mounding it above the rim.

Add lime sherbet

Place the lid atop the sherbet at a fun angle. Attach maraschino cherry through each lid and into the sherbet with a toothpick (which also acts an anchor for the lid).

Add the maraschino cherry with a toothbook and anchor cap to goblin

Keep frozen until ready to serve.

They look so cute hanging out in the freezer! Little do they know the fate that awaits them!



When I was doing the photo shoot for this recipe…or, I should say, I was attempting to do the photo shoot…it was over 100F degrees outside and not much cooler inside.  The poor goblins were having a hard time holding their sherbet….

I knew I was in trouble when a couple of them started to cry...


I felt so cruel!

I stuck them  in the freezer and we tried it again a few days later.  They were much, much happier, then (until they found out about the horror that awaited them…we won’t discuss that…).