A party-perfect decorated dessert: The Milky Way ice cream log from the ’60s & ’70s

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Milky Way ice cream log recipe from 1969 (2)
Here’s one of several recipes from the promo mini-cookbook, “Party recipes made with your favorite candies,” that the Mars/m&ms Company distributed in magazines nationwide around Christmastime in the late 1960/early 1970s.

All of the recipes used candy bars in new and unique ways — like this rolled ice cream log, made of Milky Way candy bars. (Want more? Don’t miss these two treat how-tos: 3 Musketeers chocolate velvet pie and Peanut m&ms confetti cream cones.)

A party-perfect decorated dessert: The Milky Way ice cream log from the '60s & '70s

Milky Way ice cream log recipe from 1969 (2)

Milky Way ice cream log recipe

Yield: 12 servings


  • 6 Milky Way candy bars (or 13 fun sized bars)
  • 2 cups cream for whipping
  • 3 pints pistachio ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Red and green food colorings


  1. Cut an 8-cup round plastic juice container in half lengthwise; seal top end of each half with foil. Line molds smoothly with foil.
  2. Cut up Milky Way candy bars. Combine with 1/4 cup cream in a saucepan. Stir over very low heat until candy melts; cool completely.
  3. Beat 3/4 cup of cream until stiff. Fold in chocolate mixture.
  4. Unmold ice cream by pulling up on foil; then peeling off. Join the halves together to form a "log." Put back in the freezer while preparing the frosting.
  5. Beat remaining 1 cup cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff. Frost the log with part of the cream.
  6. Tint remaining cream with food coloring; decorate "log" with pink flowers and green leaves. Keep frozen.
Milky Way ice cream log retro recipe

Presenting the insanely indulgent Milky Wonder Cake: A retro recipe for this super-sweet Bundt cake made with nine Milky Way chocolate bars. Yep.

Milky Way ice cream log recipe card

Party Recipes Made With Your Favorite Candies Milky Way ice cream log

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