The 4th of July.
It brings up images of fireworks, BBQs, red, white and blue everything…oh yeah and independence too (cuz thats totally an image right?).
A reminder of things that are truly American. Like apple pie and baseball. And ice cream cones. Drumstick ice cream cones. Oh America, how my childhood memories are full of your individually wrapped, processed, chocolate coated treats…
(Is it bad that it when I tried to sing the National Anthem, all I could think of was “oohhhh Caaa-na-daa”? 20 minutes later I remembered our words…)
I guess being a vegan (esp in California) is somewhat taboo for the 4th of July. No BBQ, no fireworks (fire hazard cuz here we all be feelin hot hot hot) no ice-cream, especially no Drumsticks.
But there are always veggie burgers, and wimpy, in the street fireworks, and non dairy ice cream. But still no Drumsticks.
Or so you would think…
makes 12. gluten and dairy free. Not healthy though 😉
What you need:
- 1 Package of gluten free sugar cones (don’t have to be GF, Keebler and Joy brands are vegan too)
- 2 quarts of vanilla non-dairy ice cream (or your favorite flavor)
- 2 packages vegan chocolate chips (guittard have a good flavor for this, and melt very smoothly)
- toppings like sprinkles, nuts, mini chocolate chips, coarse sea salt, crushed pretzels or grahm crackers, etc.
Begin by pouring about half a bag of chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl, to melt them (2 minutes on 50% power, stir, then 30 secs @ 50% until melted).
In each cone, spoon some melted chocolate into the bottom of the cone (the fudgybestpart bottom of drumsticks), then lightly but thouroughly coat the inside of the cone (I used a baby spoon. this keeps the cone from getting soggy).
Put into fridge for 10-15 minutes, until solid.
Take one quart of ice cream and soften it in the microwave for a few seconds. Not melted, but easy to work with and smush down. Using a small spoon, stuff each cone with ice cream until its flat on top (don’t make the dome on top yet).
I put each cone in the freezer as I went, so they wouldn’t get melty. Freeze for 45 minutes (or while you go to the gym and eat dinner, really the freezing time is a minimum)
One at a time, take a cone out of the freezer, use an ice-cream scoop to scoop a dome on top of each cone and a knife to smooth out the sides and make it even with the cone.
Put each cone back in the freezer as you go. I used a shoebox that I punched holes into to keep the cones up right and away from each other. Freeze for at least an hour, or over-night (you want these things solid)
When they ae ready, prepare your toppings. Put everything into small bowls for dippage.
Melt more chocolate chips, half-bag at a time. Just like when you topped the cones with ice-cream, do this step one at a time and stick back into freezer immediately. Taking one cone, swirl it into the bowl of melted chocolate, coating all sides of the top.
Dip into topping of choice (I used mini choc. chips, toasted almonds, and sprinkles). and put back into freezer. repeat until all are done, and freeze until solid, keep frozen until serving time.
These are definetly not my usual, healthy treats.
But they are delicious.
So do 10 out of 10 vegans:)
Happy Fourth of July!!!