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Friday, July 26, 2013

Homemade Drumsticks: Ice Cream Cones, Magic Shell and Sprinkles!

Growing up, one of my favorite treats came from the freezer - Drumsticks Sundae Ice Cream Cones.  They had everything - chocolate, ice cream, nuts and cookie-cone.  Delicious!

I've been making lots of ice cream lately, so when it {finally} occurred to me to wonder whether I could make Drumsticks at home, I immediately said "how hard could it be?"

And it turns out, really not that hard at all!  Simply put, you will need:

  • Ice Cream
  • Cones
  • Magic Shell
  • Toppings

While you could buy all of these components, they are really quite easy to make, and the homemade versions taste so much better.  Here's how:

For the Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups half-and-half cream (fat-free works well)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine half-and-half, cream, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl.  Stir until the sugar is mostly incorporated.  Add to the freezer container of your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

I made the cones while the ice cream was freezing.

For the Cones:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

 In a small bowl stir together the egg whites, sugar and vanilla. Add the salt and half the flour, stir, then stir in the melted butter. Beat in the remaining flour until the batter is combined.

Preheat the pizzelle iron (you can also use a panini press).   Add one spoonful of batter to each of two spaces - see below.  {I made them two at a time as they need to be formed quite quickly or they won't curve into a cone.}

When they are a nice golden-brown, form around a cone shape.  It doesn't matter what the cone is, just that it is the right shape - cover it with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil before shaping your cones.

You will need to work quickly here as these cool and harden very quickly.

Once formed, set each cone aside to cool completely.  Continue with the remaining batter.

For the Magic Shell:

  • 1 cup milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Stir together and then microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate chips have completely softened. Remove from microwave and stir together until smooth.

Assembling the Drumsticks:

Spoon a few tablespoons of magic shell into your cone, and spread through out to coat the inside of the cone.

If your cones have a small hole at the bottom (a number of mine did!) add a bit more magic shell to make sure that it is sealed.  You can also dip the bottom of the cone in the magic shell.  Set the cones on a baking sheet and put in the freezer to harden for 5 - 10 minutes.

Once the magic shell has set, fill the cones with ice cream.  {I put mine in the freezer for 20 minutes after filling because my ice cream was reasonably soft.}

Dip the tops of the cones in the magic shell...

... and quickly dip into the topping.  I used both rainbow sprinkles {a favorite with the kids who ate them} and a mixture of nuts and Heath Bar Crunch piece {my personal favorite}.  Place back into the freezer until ready to serve.

These were really delicious.  And super-fun!

I used vanilla ice cream and chocolate magic shell, but you could go in any direction with either of those - and with the toppings.  With so many flavor possibilities, which would you like to try first?  Something exotic?  Or an old favorite?

zentMRS - Love in the Kitchen
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