These DIY Drumstick Ice Cream Cones are a homemade version of a chocolate dipped ice cream cone sprinkled with nuts. The best part about homemade drumsticks is that you can make them suitable to your needs! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Naturally Sweetened Versions are possible!
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 Lawson’s, a local convenience 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, drumstick ice cream to be exact. Hello, chocolate!!!
Homemade Drumstick Ice Cream Cones
Years later when I met my husband, I quickly found out that drumstick ice cream cones 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.
Sad. Depressing. Disgusting.
BUT–do you know how easy making drumsticks at home happens to be?
How to Make Homemade Drumstick Ice Cream Cones
Let me tell you homemade chocolate dipped ice cones are 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!
Step One: Start with ice cream cones.
Step Two: Choose Your Ice Cream
Here is where I am particular. Skip all ice creams with carrageenan, corn syrup, food coloring, caramel color, etc. Your stomach will thank you.
- Make homemade ice cream
- Purchase an all natural vanilla or chocolate made with just cream, milk, vanilla, and sugar
- Of course you can get dairy-free options at any store or make No-Churn Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream from Flippin Delicious or Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream from Beaming Baker.
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!
Step Three: Prepare your Ice cream Cones
- Place a chocolate chip in bottom of each cone (just in case their are any holes 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. Trust me using your hand works SO much better than an ice cream scoop.
- Place the prepared ice cream cones on a wax paper lined sheet tray and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or until frozen solid.
Step Four: Prepare your Ice Cream Cone Toppings
- 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.
- 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.
Step Five: Dip the Ice Cream Cones in Chocolate
- Pull the ice cream cones out from freezer and dip into melted chocolate. Pro-Tip: Use a spoon to spoon over the ice cream if it is hard to dip the ice cream into the chocolate.
- Sprinkle chopped peanuts 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.
How to Melt Chocolate
For dipping ice cream in chocolate, you can choose one of several different methods for preparing the chocolate. My favorite way to melt chocolate is slowly in the slow cooker, BUT in a pinch, the microwave is my default method to melt chocolate.
Regardless of what method you use to melt chocolate, remember 2 things:
- Do not get water in your chocolate—this will cause the chocolate to seize up.
- Break up your chocolate of choice into small pieces for more uniform melting. Chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, or even a leftover candy bar can be used.
- You can also add in 1 teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon coconut oil into your chocolate prior to melting. This makes your chocolate a lot thinner and will cause it set up immediately on your ice cream.
Melting Chocolate in the Microwave:
Heat chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on medium high for about 1 minute to start with. Remove from the microwave and stir. Repeat heating at intervals of 20 seconds, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth consistency.
Melting Chocolate in a Double Boiler:
Place chocolate in a heat safe bowl that fits over a stock pan. In that stock pan, bring about an inch of water to a simmer, over medium heat. Set the bowl over the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. Once chocolate is just about melted, remove bowl from heat, continuing to stir until all the chocolate melts.
Melting Chocolate in the Slow Cooker:
Place chocolate in heat safe glass jar. Place jar in slow cooker and then carefully pour water into slow cooker until the water line reaches halfway up the jars. Be cautious not to get any water into the jar of chocolate. Turn slow cooker on high, do NOT put lid on the slow cooker, and in about 30 minutes your chocolate will be perfectly melted (no need to stir while chocolate melts). Check on chocolate after 20 minutes, as all slow cookers vary in temperature.
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DIY Drumstick Ice Cream Cones
- 6 ice cream cones
- 48 ounces vanilla or chocolate ice cream
- 16 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
- 1/2 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.