Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Santa Suit and Santa Hat Ice Cream Cones


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Home cooks of all skill levels often find themselves in the kitchen during the holiday season.


Understandably, people with little baking experience may feel a little overwhelmed, especially when there are a million other things to think about this time of year. 


Fortunately, ice cream is always in season, and there’s no denying it’s one of everyone’s favorite desserts. My family especially loves Hudsonville’s Extra Indulgent ice cream flavors, like Cookie Overload, Salted Caramel Brownie, and Crunchy Peanut Butter. The ice cream base is creamier and richer than the classic pints, and each flavor is loaded with extra pieces and swirls.


In order to make it more festive for the holiday season, I transformed regular ice cream cones into adorable Santa suits and Santa hats with just a few ingredients.


For the Santa suit cones, I purchased Keebler Fudge Dipped Cones, and I dipped the bottom of the cones into melted red candy wafers. I tried using melted white chocolate chips dyed with red food coloring for dipping, but it doesn’t set up as hard as the candy wafers. You can find candy wafers in the baking section of most grocery stores or at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.


In order to make Santa’s gold belt buckle, I used a little melted chocolate to draw a rectangle on the fudge part of the cone, and I added gold sprinkles on top. If you don’t have gold sprinkles, yellow sprinkles will work just as well.


The Santa hats were just as easy to create! I microwaved sugar cones for 30 seconds and carefully bent the tips of the cones to achieve the floppy hat look. You will probably need to experiment with the microwave time depending on your microwave’s strength. I used a 900-watt microwave. When bending the cone, it works best if the seam is to the back side of the bend.


Then I dipped the cones into melted red candy wafers. After they hardened, I dipped the bases and tips into melted white chocolate. I added mini marshmallows (cut in half) to achieve the appearance of fluffy white fur trim.


The Santa hats look really cute atop a bowl of your favorite flavor of Hudsonville’s Extra Indulgent ice cream. It’s perfect if you really want a cone but also enjoy eating your ice cream really slowly—like me! I like to savor every single bite.


So grab your shopping list, check it twice, and head to your local grocery store to pick up this delicious Midwest-made ice cream. Make sure to check out Hudsonville’s Scoop Locator tool to find your favorite Extra Indulgent flavor. 


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Santa Suit Ice Cream Cones

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt red candy wafers in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, stir, return to microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until candy wafers are melted and smooth.
  3. Dip cones in melted red candy wafers up to the fudge brim.
  4. Pull cone out of candy melts, scrape excess from bottom, and set on wax paper to harden. Repeat process with all cones.
  5. Melt chocolate in microwave and transfer to sandwich bag or piping bag. Snip off small corner of bag.
  6. Use bag to draw small rectangle (don’t fill it in) onto fudge part of cone.
  7. Adhere gold sprinkles to melted chocolate.
  8. Return to wax paper for a few minutes until chocolate hardens.
  9. Serve with Hudsonville’s Extra Indulgent ice cream.




Santa Hat Ice Cream Cones

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Microwave one sugar cone in microwave for about 15 seconds. Carefully try to bend tip of cone. If it doesn’t bend, return to microwave for another 15 seconds. Repeat process until you can bend tip. I microwaved my sugar cones for 30 seconds in a 900 watt microwave.
  3. Melt red candy wafers in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, stir, return to microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until candy wafers are melted and smooth.
  4. Dip cone in melted red candy wafers, coating everything up to the base.
  5. Pull cone out of candy melts, allow excess to drip off, and set on wax paper to harden. Repeat process with all cones.
  6. Melt white chocolate in microwave and dip base of cone and tip into melted chocolate.
  7. Adhere mini marshmallows around base and on tip. Return to wax paper to harden.
  8. Scoop your favorite Extra Indulgent ice cream flavor into bowl and serve with Santa hat on top.


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