4th of July…it’s approaching. And all too fast, because apparently MotherNatureMinneapolis can’t seem to get it’s act together. Somedays I feel like I live in Seattle, except for the brief period I was in Austin for the BlogHer Food Conference (more on that later).
Waffle cone or sugar cone?
I’ll admit, I’m not typically a waffle cone girl, the sugar cones are just way better.
…until you bring chocolate into the picture. These are now totally edible. Sorry sugar cones, you have been replaced. And then when you add chopped pecans, *sigh*.
I love ice cream and it deserves to be held in a cone like such.
These would be perfect for your next ice cream social, birthday party, friday night dessert, or just a fun treat to make with the kids.
you will need:
Assorted sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed Oreos(!!??), etc.
oh yeah, and ice cream.
Melt coating according to the package directions.
Hold the end of the cone and dip the top 2-3″ in the chocolate or vanilla CandiQuik. I found this easiest if I just rolled and rotated the top of the cone directly in the tray of CandiQuik.
Allow the excess coating to drip back into the tray; waiting about 30 seconds to add jimmies, chopped nuts, etc.
Set on wax paper to dry completely.
Now…let’s take this relationship to the next level. We are just minutes away from drumsticks, dipped cones, or whatever you would like to call them.
Fill your cone with a heaping scoop of ice cream on top and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
You want the ice cream to be veryyy cold because you are about to dunk it in melted chocolate.
Transfer your CandiQuik into a deep mug, cup, or bowl.
Holding the end of your ice cream cone, quickly dip the ice cream in the coating. It will harden almost immediately so just dip (fast!) and place back in the freezer until ready to devour.
Unfortunately I did not take any photos of this process. I would have ended up with a giant scoop of ice cream in the chocolate versus the cone.
Now, as you can tell, I’ve got a hot mess happening – so this photo session has to end, darn.
Ok, maybe these aren’t sooo “personal” sized. Instead, you could grab 2 spoons and share - or not. They’re actually not all that much more than a large piece of pie.
You know what, you could probably even freeze these and pull out whenever the time is right. Or bring them to work! Hey, you have to be prepared for Mondays, mid-afternoons,
and certain coworkers. What I’m saying is that these are (capital d)angerous…
I’ve been seeing more and more of these mason jars around - & they are being filled with all sorts of goodness. For example – just take a look at these little cheesecakes in a jar. Or Bakerella’s – YUM, or how about this one I found on pinterest. Swoon.
So go ahead, make these in advance, pull out when needed. What’s not to love?!
I used my super easy, no bake recipe for vanilla cream pie. Then I layered it with fresh strawberries and plump bluberries.
And the crust? No bake as well – I found myself digging all the way to the bottom to get a little bit of crust in each bite.
Next time – double crusting it. Yep, go ahead – add another layer of the graham crust in the middle! Genius.
Hindsight is always 20/20…
Need vs. Want.
Sometimes I have a hard time decifering between the two. Pinterest doesn’t help.
Overall though, I’d like to say I’m fairly practical. I usually stick to what I need – like these nachos. I need.
You need these too.
Incase you need justification: Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner…
Now go make these.
Cinnamon Dessert Nachos
10 small (6″) flour tortillas, cut into 1/4′s
2-3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar
oil (I used canola, for frying)
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 cups diced pineapple (I used canned pineapple)
2 bananas, sliced
8 oz. (1/2 package) Chocolate CANDIQUIK Coating
Heat approximately 1/2 cup oil in a large fry pan.
Dice up fruit while oil is heating.
Add 4-5 tortillas to hot oil and fry until golden, use tongs to flip tortillas to brown each side (takes about 30 sec- 1 min).
Place chips into a large bowl and sprinkle immediately with cinnamon-sugar.
Repeat with remaining tortillas. *Add additional oil if needed.
Melt CANDIQUIK according to package directions. Dip each tortilla in chocolate coating and place on a large serving plate.
Top tortilla chips with fresh fruit and drizzle with additional chocolate coating if your feeling fancy.
Tip: serve with cinnamon-infused ice cream or whipped cream for an extra delicious treat!
Oh my gosh, cinnamon ice cream on top… what the heck – this would be beyond good.
In Honor of all our military soldiers who have died while in the service and those currently serving our country:
I would like to extend the appreciation to our soldiers not only on May 31 but beyond. Officially marked as Memorial Day, May 31 2010 commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the service. Memorial Day was first enacted to honor Union soldiers in the Civil War – but it was extended after WWI to honor Americans who have died in all wars, which we all know is a very real issue today.
Per SupportOurTroops.Org which decided to honor troops this Memorial Day by sending today’s front-line troops tons of stuff. And fittingly, this particular shipment is NUTS! (a reply from General Anthony McAuliffe famously to the Nazis’ demand for surrender during the Battle of the Bulge) – almonds, flavored almonds, and more almonds.
$175,000 worth! Over four tons! They’ll love them and it’ll let them know we’re thinking about them and are grateful for what they have done for us.
To make this gift possible, Scouts went house to house down most every street in America and asked people if they wanted to donate. And thousands of people did, putting together this remembrance from all of us for what our military does. An all-American thank-you to the most American Americans we know – those who stand up for us today like many have done before them. Amazing. It is a true testament to how much good American’s honor and appreciate what the military goes through and has gone through for our sakes.
Proof positive gratitude.
“Support Our Troops” Cake pop recipe:
-1 pkg (16 oz) Vanilla CANDIQUIK®
- 1 box cake mix (light colored cake – I used plain yellow cake)
- 1 container of ready to use frosting
- Lollipop sticks
-Blue/red/yellow (or any colors you want!) cake decorating gel
-Red, white, and blue sprinkles
(cake pop recipe at www.candiquik.com)