These vegan drumstick ice cream cones are nostalgic and delicious. These will hit the spot for any drumstick fans. You can't go wrong with a waffle cone, vegan vanilla ice cream topped with a hard chocolate shell, and peanuts.
Vegan drumstick ice cream cones, need I say more?! I love a good ice cream cone, especially on a hot summer day.
My kids have always wanted one of those Nestle drumsticks from the local grocery store, so I decided it was time to create a replica.
I went with vegan versions of its iconic drumstick ice cream cones for this go around and let me tell you; it tastes like the real deal.
You know, the one with the waffle cone, hard chocolate in the tip of the cone, vanilla ice cream, topped with hard chocolate, then rolled in peanuts.
Just writing this; I wish I had one right now!
I went the easy route with these because sometimes it's quicker to buy mostly store-bought stuff.
And good news, you can find vegan waffle cones at most local grocery stores.
I used SO Delicious, Very Vanilla Cashew milk ice cream. This is hands down, my favorite vegan vanilla ice cream. It tastes like waffle cones to me; anyone else?
The chocolate ganache is easy to make and whips up quickly.
This recipe comes together pretty quickly, so it's good to have all your ducks in a row before you start.
In order to work with the cones, I like to have a mason jar or medium cup for each cone.
This makes it so you can keep the cone upright, and it doesn't freeze weirdly in the freezer.
Vegan Drumstick Ice Cream Cone Recipe Q&A
Can I use a different flavor of ice cream?
Yes, they have so many delicious flavors of vegan ice cream now, it won't be the traditional drumstick, but you can make your own.
I remember eating an oreo one that would be delicious with some vegan oreo ice cream.
Or even a vanilla chocolate swirl ice cream with the ganache topping and oreo crumbs.
You can also play around and switch out the cone; a crunchy chocolate wafer cone would also be delicious.
The possibility of flavors is endless.
You can even make your vegan ice cream with an ice cream maker and some full-fat coconut milk.
Can I make this frozen treat nut-free?
If you don't like or are allergic to peanuts, feel free to leave them off.
What do you need to make these vegan drumstick ice cream cones?
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
- vegan cones (waffle cones ideally)
- 1 pint of So Delicious Vegan Cashew Vanilla or your favorite vegan ice cream
- crushed salted crunchy peanuts
- vegan chocolate chips
- oil (vegetable oil, melted coconut oil, neutral oil)
- sea salt
How do you make this vegan drumstick ice cream cone recipe?
Take your pint of ice cream and let it sit out at room temperature while making the ganache, so it's soft enough to scoop.
Chop your peanuts into small pieces and set them aside in a small shallow bowl.
Make your chocolate ganache by getting a small bowl, mixing the ganache ingredients, and cooking in the microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and doing an additional 30 seconds if needed.
Be careful not to overcook the chocolate because it will seize (which means it will turn hard and won't work). Set aside.
Take four short jars or cups so you can place your cones in them, and it will be easier to work with (see pictures above).
Take about 2 teaspoon of the melted chocolate ganache and put it at the bottom of each cone.
Then scoop your ice cream evenly into each cone.
Take the filled cones with their cups and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to let the creaminess of the ice cream freeze up again.
After the 10 minutes, remove them and scoop and smooth the ganache out on the ice cream, then quickly either dip or sprinkle the chopped nuts on the chocolate.
Repeat this process with the remaining cones and then place them in the freezer.
How do you serve these vegan ice cream cones?
These are best served the same day they are made straight from the freezer. Serve these to the ice cream lovers in your life.
How do you store homemade ice cream cones?
I like to store these in their own mason jars and cover them with plastic wrap in the freezer.
You could also make sure they are very frozen, place them carefully in an individual plastic bag, and then place them in a hard-sided container so they don't get smashed.
I am sure there are better ways to store them, but that's what I've found works best.
Can you travel with these?
I think it would be really hard to travel with. It would be best just to make these for home use.
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Vegan Drumstick Ice Cream Cones
- 4 vegan waffle cones*
- 1 pint of So Delicious Vegan Cashew Vanilla or your favorite kind
- ½ cup - ¾ cup crushed salted peanuts
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1 TB oil
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Take your pint of ice cream and let it sit out at room temperature while making the ganache, so it's soft enough to scoop.
- Chop your peanuts into small pieces and set them aside in a shallow bowl.
- Make your chocolate ganache by mixing the ganache ingredients and cooking in the microwave for 30 seconds; stir and, if needed, do an additional 30 seconds. Be careful not to overcook the chocolate because it will seize (which means it will turn hard and won't work). Set aside.
- Take four short jars or cups so you can place your cones in them, and it will be easier to work with (see pictures above).
- Take about 2 teaspoon of the ganache and put it at the bottom of each cone. Then scoop your ice cream evenly into each cone. Take the filled cones with their cups and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes, remove them and scoop and smooth the ganache out on the ice cream. Then quickly either dip or sprinkle the peanuts on the chocolate. Repeat this process with the remaining cones and then place them in the freezer. These are best served the same day.**
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