When we had our 4th of July ice cream social, I had the idea to make candy dipped ice cream cones, but everybody wound up making ice cream Sundays instead. Still I had the candy melts, so here’s how to make candy dipped ice cream cones.
- Candy melts or chocolate
- Plastic spoon
- Wilton candy melting pot from Amazon
I assumed this would be as easy as dipping my ice cream cones in candy melts, and then dipping them in sprinkles, but I quickly found out there is a better way.
I also tested this project with cake cones and sugar cones. For sure, the sugar cones work better the cake cones. The cake cones just pick up too much of the candy coating. And even if you try to keep the candy coating only on the outside, it winds up in the gaps of the cake cone.
So, skip the cake cones and proceed straight to the sugar cones.
Whether you’re using chocolate or candy melts, I highly recommend getting a Wilton candy melting pot. It keeps your candy at a steady temperature so you don’t have to keep reheating it. If you heat candy melts in the microwave or on the stove top, the candy melts will tend to harden once you remove them from the heat, and you’ll have to keep remelting without scorching.
1 – Stir occasionally until the candy melts are smooth. Then you’re ready to begin.
2 – Dip your sugar cone in the candy melt.
3 – Pull out the cone and quickly jiggle it back-and-forth to help any excess candy melt drip off. Lightly scrape the top edge of the cone on the side of your Wilton pot so you don’t have excessive candy melt on the top of the cone.
4 – Hold your cone over the sprinkles and use a spoon to shake the sprinkles onto the candy melt, turning the cone as you go. If you just dip the candy-coated cone into the sprinkles, you’ll get way too many sprinkles inside and outside of your cone.
Also, candy melt will drip into your sprinkles, clumping up the sprinkles and wasting them. (Ask me how I know.)
5 – Turn your ice cream cones upside down on a piece of parchment paper and give them maybe 10 or 15 minutes to set up.
I would just serve the candy cans upside down on a platter. You don’t need a special ice cream cone holder — even though they are cute. You also can stack the cones.
I made these candy dipped ice cream cones in Fourth of July colors, but of course you could use any sprinkle mix or make your own to coordinate with your birthday party theme or your holiday party colors.