Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chocolate-dipped ice cream cones

Ah, summer... when it's not strawberry shortcakes for breakfast, it's ice-cream for snack time. Every afternoon. I think our kids don't even know it is possible to go out to the pool without a popsicle or ice cream cone in their hand.

I am literally never tempted to buy fast food, or conventional junk food, when out and about. Not even if the kids are all hungry, and I am tired. Just the thought grosses me out. BUT: I have one major weakness. That weakness is chocolate dipped cones from Dairy Queen. 

It's not like I indulge in this treat often - maybe once a year at the most. If nothing else, it costs a small fortune by the time I buy one for each of the kids plus myself. Then my husband makes fun of me, and tells me how I am going to die from the soft-serve ice cream, which is a notorious cause of food poisoning. Truth be told, I have never once gotten sick from it, or even felt ill, which is not helping my craving for this no doubt entirely unhealthy treat. Once a year won't kill me, right??

Then, last week, my life dramatically changed for the better when a friend shared a recipe for chocolate shells like the ones used for dipped cones (I think at the store it is sold as "Magic Shell"). So easy, so quick, and SO GOOD! And - the recipe only uses two ingredients!!!


1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil


In a double boiler, or directly in a small pot over low heat if you are careful, gently melt coconut oil and chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. 

To use, simply dip and swirl ice cream cones in the chocolate sauce, and allow about 30 seconds for the shell to harden. Or, drizzle onto a bowl of ice cream.

Transfer leftovers to a canning jar and store in the refrigerator. It will solidify in the fridge, but become liquid again at room temperature, or if you run the jar under warm water.

P.S.: We use these cones, and these chocolate chips. To make your own chocolate chips with honey, please see this recipe. For ice cream, you can make your own using raw cream and frozen fruit (such as bananas or dates). If that is not an option, Alden's makes some good organic ice cream.


  1. Oh my childhood favourite in DIY. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I too love those, but I liked the "Dilly" bars better....same thing without the cone on a stick. We used to get them all the time as kids...haven't had them in years!

    I'm going to have to try this recipe and that's going to be dangerous. I have such a sweet tooth!

  3. OH NO!!!! Do you know how MUCH fat and sugar there is in ice cream??? (insert sarcasm) Ha ha... just kidding! This looks amazing....I will have to try it this summer! My kids love strawberry shortcake and ice cream, and they get both occasionally. Moderation- that's the key to everything! All of my kids are like yours; they are on the low end of the weight spectrum. Unlike yours, we do have the occasional McDonalds, maybe twice a month, but most days I prepare three meals at home. (they are also homeschooled) The days that we do eat out are the days that we are traveling long distances to a preaching meeting, or something. (my husband is a pastor) My kids are also active. It's all in the moderation. I don't crave the Dairy Queen ice cream cones, I crave the moolattes, but since I found out how much fat and calories are in one moolatte, I have kicked that habit! Anyways, this looks yummy- thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh this sounds wonderful and I can't wait to try it. We also love the chocolate dipped coned from DQ--don't eat them often though. We already make our own raw milk ice cream and this would be a tasty addition. Thanks again for posting!

  5. MMMMmmmmm, definitely going to be trying that this summer!!!! I love icecream:-)

  6. Oh yum! Thank you for sharing this! I will definitely be testing this one out! Amy has been BEGGING me to try out the strawberry shortcakes for the last coupl eof days...she has even copied it into her own recipe journal! :)

  7. I remember being a kid and LOVING those dipped cones. And this recipe is super easy too!

  8. Yummy!! Yes, my son cannot go to the pool without a popsicle in his hand...nothing like sticky wet hands!

  9. Don't you realize that if you eat DQ ice cream while pregnant your baby will be born naked and illiterate??! Honestly a bowl of cold cereal would be much better.
    signed - 'Fathead'

  10. So this has nothing to do with this post but instead about your cantering the country project. Just interested if your map is up to date? If not have you all already received something from Alaska?

    Thanks Much


  11. The comments cracked me up :) I won't even try to add anything sarcastic regarding the bad calories and sugar, the 'baby will come out naked and illiterate' brings the bacon home.
    If you'd like to make dip that is, let's say strawberry flavored, you just take white choc chips and add some natural flavors and colorants, right? I assume the amount of the additives is so small that you don't have to remove any amount of the original ingredients, you'll still get the same material, right? Just curious. I'd love to try this pink and strawberry flavored first. Your tot seems to love it, I guess all of them do.

  12. "EVERY DAY" ha... I LOVE you, Szuszanna! You always manage to post my sentiments, even managing to convey my exact attitude. I always tell my husband that thanks to you I don't have to have a blog, because you say it all for me. And for the record, I don't see anything wrong with consuming the shortcake breakfast frequently. Freshly milled flour, fresh fruit, honey, and cream...and people think this is questionable for frequent consumption?! This is why we are a sickly people with cancer everywhere we look... People think low-calorie lab concoctions are "food," and they actually believe this shortcake is inferior...something to be done in "moderation." Maybe so, but I wouldn't limit it in exchange for the boxed cereal...or much else available for breakfast. The shortcake is NOT a threatening breakfast. If I wanted more protein, I'd throw a farm-fresh egg or two on the plate and feel fine and dandy about it for breakfast... frequently!

  13. DQ dipped cones are my absolute favorite treat. I love when out wiht my husband on a hot day he will randomly pull into a DQ and look at me with a smile on his face. He orders the strawberry sundae, and i the dipped cone. Here in Seattle we have 10-11 months of grey wet weather and we get about 2 weeks of warm, so we don't eat a lot of DQ.

    I might try making these for dessert the next time we have a BBQ. Perhaps on Mother's Day at my son's house? :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    --Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  14. There is an ice cream cone shop behind my new apartment, and a DQ 3 blocks away. I don't like DQ at all. The ice cream shop has regular ice cream. About once/month I can manage a single scoop of chocolate ice cream in a sugar cone, that's it.

    But my grandkids like ice cream and DQ. I'll try this recipe over the 4th of July.

    What I do love are banana and root beer popsicles! So good. So much sugar but I don't care. They are so hard to find anymore. Have any recipes for those?

  15. I love just plain vanilla but my mom loves the twist. For some reason dairy queen has the best soft serve in my opinion.

  16. Just a note that I made your strawberry shortcakes this morning, and they were great!!! Thanks for the recipe! Will have to try this next. :)


  17. You said your husband said DQ soft-serve can lead to food poisoning? Really? Can you explain? I've never heard that before. And unfortunately, we have a DQ a mile from our house and, well, ahem, we indulge in their soft-serve a little more often than we should...:)

  18. The food poisoning has to do with the fact that in order to be "soft serve", the ice cream has to be kept at a precarious temperature. I guess some report my husband read years ago said that the vast majority of fast food restaurants with soft serve (DQ, McDonald's, etc) tested positive for food-borne bacteria because of that.

  19. Thank you for this recipe cant wait to try it . I never heard of getting food poisoned on ice cream but after reading your post it made me think of all the times I would get really sick after eating a Mcdonald's caramel sundae . Dawn .


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