The summer is here and it’s a perfect time to have an ice cream social! I don’t see my friends and family very often, so periodically I have fun theme parties to get us all together and catch up. Ice cream is fun on its own, but it’s so much better when you have it to cool off during the hot summer.
I wanted to have a place where my friends and their kids could have some fun, some ice cream, and cool off. It’s been a little over a year since my epic Circus/Carnival party, and I was itching to do another theme party. With the weather heating up where I live, ice cream seemed like a good theme choice this year.
Of course theme parties are no good without decorations. I found a few decorating ideas from browsing the internet this time. I made some of these cute fabric and paper ice cream cones using Icing Designs’ tutorial. They are fully customizable for whichever “flavors” of ice cream you want to make and fairly easy to do if you have basic sewing skills. Outside of ruffling the fabric, most of it was glued together. Pro tip: if fabric is too expensive for you to afford, find some sheets at your local thrift store. I was able to find some sheets in mint green and light pink at a fraction of the cost for these fabric ice cream cones and got some inexpensive muslin for the vanilla ones.
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One of the things I made for my Ice Cream Social recently was my grandmother’s homemade chocolate syrup. I’m not sure where the recipe originated. It could be an old recipe from a container of Hershey’s Cocoa. My family has been making it for ages and it’s always so much better than what you can find pre-made in stores and probably a little bit better for you.
- 3/4 c. Hershey's cocoa
- 1 & 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 c. hot water
- 1 - 2 tsp. cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Dash of salt
- Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a med. sauce pan, and gradually stir in water until mixture is smooth.
- Bring to a boil over med. heat, stirring constantly.
- Continue cooking (and stirring) for 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cream.
- Let cool before pouring into a container to store.
- Refrigerate leftovers.
Use warm syrup on ice cream for a hot fudge sundae. Syrup is good straight out of the fridge too.
I made these Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops for my recent Ice Cream Social. They were popular. I only made 12 and at some point had to hide one for myself to eat, because they were flying off the table!
They take a bit of prep and construction like most cake pops, but since they aren’t attached to a stick, they are, for me at least, much easier to make.
- 12 pk. of sugar cones
- 2-3 pks. of candy melts in chocolate and white or pink (I used dark chocolate for inside chocolate and milk chocolate for "syrup" on top)
- 12 red round candies for "cherry" (I used Sixlets)
- 1 pk. of cake mix + ingredients used to make the cake (I used Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix)
- 1 can of frosting (I used chocolate but white frosting works too)
- Colored jimmies
- A stand for the cones
- Make the cake as per instructions on the box or recipe and cook in a 13" x 9" pan. Let cool completely.
- While cake is cooking, prepare the cones by placing them in a stand and drizzle about an inch or so of melted* chocolate in the bottom of each cone. Stick the cones in the freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate.
- When cake is cool, crumble the cake finely and mix in up to three fourths of the frosting. Add a little bit at a time until the cake is moist and sticks together.
- Chill mixture covered in plastic wrap for 15 minutes.
- Form cake balls from the chilled mixture into about 1.5"-2" balls, making one side of the ball slightly more pointed than the other. The pointier end will go into the cone.
- To attach the cake ball to the cone, run some melted chocolate around the top inside edges of the cone and stick the ball in. Repeat for all of the pops and then freeze cones again for a few minutes.
- Melt* the white or pink candy melts in a mug to cover the rounded "ice cream" cake ball part of the pops.
- Dip each cake pop until all of the cake ball is covered up to the top of the cone. Place in cone stand and chill once again.
- Melt (or remelt) more chocolate in a Ziploc snip a corner of the bag. Pipe/drip it over the top of the hardened white candy melts. Tap the side of or lightly shake the cone to control the chocolate drips.
- While chocolate "syrup" drips are still wet, place one red candy "cherry" and some jimmies on top. Then chill cake pops once more.
*Melt chocolate according to instructions on the package
The cake pops are very rich! One pop was enough for me. I wasn’t able to eat my cake pop until the day after the party and the cone was a bit stale by then. I imagine all of the moistness from the chocolate and cake will make the cone less crunchy but it still tastes good and the added chocolate at the bottom of the cone is a nice surprise. It reminds me of those Nestle Drumstick cones.