Introduction: Drumsticks

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Just in time for summer, an easy recipe for making your very own Drumstick style ice cream cones - also known in some parts as Cornettos!

You can customize these special treats to suit anyone's tastes. My favorite is half mint chip / half cookies + cream, topped with chocolate and chopped nuts! What will yours be?

Step 1: Ingredients

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To make these tasty treats, round up the following:

  • Ice cream cones
  • Ice cream in your favorite flavors
  • 2 bottles magic shell or make your own! - covers 6-9 cones
  • Nuts (opt.)



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Bottle sez "Shake me up good!"

Yes, this warrants its own step.

Mostly so I could use kitten pictures. She iz good halper.

Step 3: Prepare Your Cones

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Nestle's Drumsticks have a delicious chocolate-coated sugar cone.

  • Drizzle Magic Shell into the cones and swirling to coat.
  • For an extra treat, add a maraschino cherry or frozen berry to the bottom of the cone
  • Pop 'em in the freezer for a good 10 minutes.
  • While you're waiting, take the ice cream out of the freezer to let it soften up.

Step 4: Make the Magical Innards

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Drumsticks sometimes have a mysterious, magical chocolate center! They didn't when I was a kid, but I fully support this new addition.

To make our chocolatey guts, we'll need:
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil, pen, chopstick or something similar in shape.

Make small cones with the wax paper around your pencil and tape.

Fill the paper cones with Magic Shell and freeze!

Step 5: Fill With Ice Cream

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By the time your ice cream is nice and melty, all of the stuff in the freezer should be ready!

I recommend doing this in a different order than is illustrated, so try to keep up here. Do as I say, not as I did.

  • Wrap your cones in wax paper, and cut tops to about 2" above the edge of the cone. (I made a template so I could cut 6 at a time.)
  • Fill cones with melty ice cream up to the top of the cone.
  • Unwrap the chocolate spears you made and place them in the cones
  • Top off the cones with remaining ice cream to within 1/2" of the wax paper

Return to freezer for a few minutes

Step 6: Top Off

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If you're topping with nuts, make sure they're finely crushed.
  • Place nuts in a plastic bag
  • Smash with a hammer

Remove cones from freezer.

  • Pour a small amount of Magic Shell on top of the cones. Quickly add chopped nuts (now that the ice cream's refrozen, the magic shell will set up quickly!)
  • Alternatively, leave the cones in the freezer until very firm, remove wax paper and dip the entire top of the cone into a bowl of magic shell and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Wrap in decorative paper for extra wow! These make awesome party treats.


harkejuice (author)2016-06-27

My problem with melting the ice cream is that when you re-freeze them you get bigger crystals, defeating the purpose of the more-expensive ice cream (which has smaller crystals and is smoother). So I'd skip the expensive stuff myself and just get tasty but cheap ones.

jeanniel1 (author)harkejuice2016-07-04

Don't melt them THAT much! Just enough to be soft to mold

jeanniel1 (author)2016-07-04

So COOL!!!!! My fav ice cream treat!

OneBirdieMa (author)2016-06-26

Dang, and here I was looking for the recipe for the cone! oh well

garg11 (author)OneBirdieMa2016-06-29

me too...

garg11 (author)2016-06-29

How much you paid for all this staff , Sugar cones,Magic Shell, Ice-cream, and nuts?

May be better to buy box of drumsticks in Costco? )))

swablo (author)2015-08-25

do you have to use peanuts

thundrepance (author)swablo2016-06-26

she uses peanuts cuz she likes them. i will use pecans {or other actual nuts}, cuz i don't care for peanuts @ all. walnuts are great, but might be a bit over-powering. :^)

ClareBS (author)2016-06-26

They look absolutely perfect!

fonsdavid (author)2016-06-24

I came here looking to make drumsticks for my drum kit...

thundrepance (author)fonsdavid2016-06-26


BryceM41 (author)2016-06-26

Just crumble the sugar cone and use as a topping for a sundae with all the other ingredients!!

BryceM41 (author)2016-06-26

Just crumble the sugar cone and use as a topping for a sundae with all the other ingredients!!

ken256 (author)2011-06-11

but theres a tiny problem...
the sugar cones got soaked up!!!

KensHappyWife (author)ken2562012-09-13

That would be where the "coat the inside of the cone with Magic Shell" step comes in... If you did that and it still soaked up, maybe you didn't get the cone fully coated.

Okay, I posted and then noticed my user name considering the post I was replying to: just for the record... THIS Ken is NOT my hubby. I would've pointed this out in our kitchen, not on the internet if it were. :o)

Twinmum (author)2012-04-04

I made these today.. yummo. Discovered a few things though.
1. The small waffle cones are probably the right ones to get because the 2 scoop cones are huge!
2. sticky tape does not stick to baking paper (I had no waxed paper) so I really had to go crazy with the tape around everything.
3. Frozen ice magic spears do not slip out of baking paper easily.
4. Frozen ice magic spears melt very fast once you start handling them, especially when trying to get them out of baking paper cones held together with a mile of sticky tape!

Whitewave (author)2012-02-10

what a yummy

thefinderofthings (author)2012-01-27

This is terrific! Thanks for sharing!!

casket_queen16 (author)2011-09-25

For the ultimate ice cream experience, use a GIANT waffle cone! Man, oh man would that be an amazing treat!

79spitfire (author)2009-08-07

My kitty like ice creams...

hishealer (author)79spitfire2009-08-24

My kitty likes the ice on the ice cream container, but got brain freeze one time... (LOL at the memory) She doesn't like the ice cream anymore!

Shany120 (author)hishealer2011-07-11

my cat loves ice cream, but he always prefers salmon. :p

kibukun (author)hishealer2010-08-11

That reminds me of a little ditty. What does a cat say when it gets brainfreeze? MeOW!!!

MomLovesElectro (author)2011-07-02

how did you wrap them in the decorative paper? I'm wondering if I could take these down to my friends house for the 4th. Any Idea's on how I would store them for the 1 1/2 hour car ride down? I think I'm going to make the full box of 12 cones also I wonder how much ice cream & magic shell I would need then....3 bottles of magic shell?

Barking Giraffe (author)2011-06-29

Wow! that looks good! I'm going to have to make this sometime!

linlal (author)2011-06-26

Here's some cone recipes as well as one for the Magic Sauce

oneprimalscream (author)2011-06-24

This is awesome! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

Phusilly (author)2011-06-12

OHMYGAWD!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Drumsticks are my ultimate favorite!!! And I swear they're not quite as delicious as they were when I was a kid, still good, just not as wonderful as they once were... With this recipe I feel I could achieve those wonders of yore... Thank You Scoochmaroo! Thank You!!

criggie (author)2011-06-09

They look very nice.

Is Drumstick a family word? Or a regional phrase? I've never heard it in this context before.

Here in New Zealand there's a commercial product my Tip Top called a Trumpet which looks similar
and a knockoff from Streets called a Coronetto.

Both are too small - maybe a homemade one would be more... filling.

MaXoR (author)criggie2011-06-10

But to answer your question, it's a trademarked name for an American Ice cream treat. And is generally understood as the name for that style of treat. If you've never had one like this, please do! You'll love the complex flavors and consumable ease.

LOL....and no, I'm not a Nestle Rep, just a fan!

MaXoR (author)criggie2011-06-10

Ok, well most american's as in North America, will have heard of these little beauties before. Personally I think the name is trademarked under the Nestle Company name, however it's usually understood and accepted as the general term for this style of ice-cream treat.

Let Me Knit (author)2011-06-09

My husband's eyes popped out of his head when he saw this project, so I know what I'll be making this summer (we're in Australia. Right now it's 10 deg C. We're having sticky date pudding instead).

I'm thinking vanilla icecream with a chewy toffee spear in the middle. I can't remember which icecream had that when I was a kid, but I inhaled them back then!

rsislandcrafts (author)2011-06-09

I like a marshmallow at the bottom too. A Hershey's kiss upside down might be fun too.

Nitidus (author)2011-06-09

Thanks for the 'ible! I'm thinking of trying it with frozen yogurt so my milk intolerant family member can have some too!

paper sack ideas (author)2009-07-27

I made these today and they worked out great, although I left out the chocolate centers. The only thing I might add is that if your ice cream gets REALLY melty (it was 85 degrees in my kitchen today) you might have to wait a while for it to set up in the freezer, and if you want it to be solid plan on a few hours before eating them. The magic shell recipe is wayyyyyy too fun!!!! next I will use butterscotch chips, then mint chips... etc... and smaller batches could easily be made. Thanks for a great Instructable!!!!!!

Awesome! I'm so glad you tried it! Did you go with soy ice cream?

Goodhart (author)scoochmaroo2009-07-28

I have, for some time now, been away from ALL soy products, except those that are properly fermented; the only ones that actually have any real thorough studies done about. I personally wouldn't recommend the milk nor ice cream until further results are available......

I figure I ride in cars, cross busy intersections, drink alchohol (not all those activities at once though), why not eat some soy products and really live on the edge. Seriously though, I used to be vegan and was eating TOO much soy, I am no longer relying on it as a protein source since I eat meat now, and just eat it sometimes. Rice ice cream is really yucky so I think a bit of soy ice cream is worth any potential "risks."

I second that :) Life is invariably fatal.

You're right - after all, we ARE talking about sweets here. Are sweets meant to be healthy? I think not!

Goodhart (author)lara_tas2009-08-10

Tis another reason I avoid them (not that I particularly LIKE sweet stuff to eat) ;-) If I am going to snack on something, I do prefer nuts or Dark (72% or higher) chocolate. We are all different in our likes and dislikes I guess.

I meant to list the ones I do eat: although I do occasionally eat tofu (which is unfermented) I try to stick with miso, soy sauce, tempeh, and natto. As for ice cream, I prefer it with real cream and just try not to eat too much of it :-)

jeff-o (author)Goodhart2009-07-28

You could also eat milk-free gelato.

chrwei (author)jeff-o2009-08-06

typical gelato has milk, the non milk variants are usually called sorbetto

jeff-o (author)chrwei2009-08-06

Ah, you are correct. Thanks for the clarification. :)

zanne101 (author)scoochmaroo2011-06-09

There is some great ice cream out there with a base of coconut milk.
I think I'll try the "drumsticks" with it.

This looks like fun - Thanks!

I was going to make a couple that were soy, but got caught up in the process and realized I'd filled them all with regular ice cream, it's OK though cause I'm the kid that's allergic to milk, the rest of the family is ok with it. I'll make some for me too next time.

I am lactose intolerant too, and I have discovered goat milk, and goat milk ice cream! It stays soft, which is another bonus, soft serve straight from the freezer! I wonder if it gets hard enough for this tho... Maybe if I don't overfill the cones... Hmmm. (LaLoo is the brand, and the Vanilla Snowflake is AWESOME! Tastes like the snow ice cream mommy made.)

TechNerd1012 (author)hishealer2010-07-30

hmm, goat milk ice cream sounds good! Now Ill have to try that!

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