DIY Drumsticks: A homemade version of everyone’s favorite childhood ice cream truck treat. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Naturally Sweetened Versions.
What were your favorite things about being a child?
I loved the care-free summers I spent playing outdoors at my grandparent’s house. Those days were filled with hours of building forts and visiting imaginary places with my cousins. And then coming in to have a huge family dinner that usually consisted of a Slow Cooker BBQ Pork and Papa’s Baked Beans.
And of course ice cream.
Once in a blue moon, I was allowed to walk to a Lawon’s, a local convience store, with several of my cousins.
Boy did we kids get excited when Papa would pull out his billfold and give us each a dollar.
We were rich–well, back in the day we were junk food rich!
We would rush down to Lawson’s (usually accompanied by a parent who was on the hunt for their famous chip dip) and debate between those wax candies that were filled with sugary syrup, interesting flavors of gum, or a treat from the frozen department.
I typically opted for ice cream, drumsticks to be exact. Hello, chocolate!!!
Years later when I met my husband, I quickly found out that drumsticks were one of his all time favorite childhood treats as well. It was destiny! And we may or may not have been guilty in consuming our fair share of these cones while we were dating.
Fast forward 15 years, and I don’t think I have purchased or consumed a drumstick cone more than once or twice during that time frame. What happened?!! I think once I had children, I started to notice ingredients in products more. Once I was diagnosed with severe digestive issues, I REALLY started to pay attention to the additives to many store bought favorites.
Sad. Depressing. Disgusting.
BUT–do you know how easy making drumsticks at home happens to be?
Let me tell you–simple!
You have to exercise a bit of patience, but with a few simple ingredients they can be yours! And there is NOTHING sad, depressing, or disgusting about these!
Let’s walk through the steps.
- Start with ice cream cones. Get organic , generic or gluten free. Whatever floats your boat.
- Now onto the ice cream. Here is where I am particular. I buy an all natural vanilla or chocolate made with just cream, milk, vanilla, and sugar. Oh and cocoa if chocolate flavored. Skip all ice creams with carrageenan, corn syrup, food coloring, caramel color, etc. Your stomach will thank you. (Hint: if you think you get sick from ice cream it just may be the kind you are eating–anything with carrageenan makes me feel beyond ill these days!) And of course you can get dairy-free options at any store or make this No-Churn Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream from Flippin Delicious. OR make your own Banana Ice Cream–which is literally JUST bananas (and SO SO good)
- Place a chocolate chip in bottom of each cone (just in case their are any hole in your cone).
- Stuff your ice cream cone with either chocolate or vanilla ice cream and using your hand (you can wash it later) shape the top scoop to make a perfect dome around the cone.
- Place the prepared ice cream cones on a wax paper lined sheet tray and place in the freezer.
- Crush up some peanuts or almonds, or skip nuts altogether. Sometimes I am a rebel and use these all natural sprinkles.
- Melt some chocolate. Either cut up a chocolate bar or use chocolate chips. Again, use dairy-free chocolate if needed.
- Pull the ice cream cones out from freezer and dip into melted chocolate and sprinkle peanut over chocolate. Put cone immediately back into freezer and wait until chocolate is set.
- Test your patience. It should only take 10 minutes to set back up, but it can be a hard 10 minutes to wait.
Now dig in!
Another great option for these drumsticks is to use Homemade Strawberry Magic Shell from Go Dairy Free, in place of the chocolate for a strawberry version of this treat.
- 6 ice cream cones
- 48 ounces vanilla or chocolate ice cream
- 16 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- Place a chocolate chip or morsel into the bottom of each cone.
- Stuff each ice cream cone with 8 ounces of ice cream, finishing with a perfect half sphere on top of each cone (use your hands, if needed.) Freeze on cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper, until solid, about an hour.
- Melt chocolate and dip the ice cream into the melted ice cream up to the cone. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
- Place back on lined sheet and freeze for another 10-20 minutes.
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