My Drumstick Ice Cream Pie is inspired by one of summer’s most memorable treats, with a crushed sugar cone crust piled high with lots of ice cream, topped with a homemade Magic Shell and dusted with crushed nuts. This is going to be the highlight of your summer.
Last week I shared a Drumstick Ice Cream Pie on my facebook page —are you all following me? I hope so! — the minute I saw it I knew I had to give it a go, who doesn’t love a Drumstick? The concept is perfectly straightforward…the crust is made just like a graham cracker crust but instead of graham crackers you use — you guessed it — ice cream cones. Crush them up, add a little melted butter, and you’ve got yourself a unique pie crust.
I spread a layer of ganache over the top to mimic that heavenly core of chocolate deep down inside a Drumstick cone.
Then comes the ice cream, vanilla if you want to be authentic. A final coating of Homemade Magic Shell, and a sprinkle of nuts is all it needs. I swapped walnuts for the traditional peanuts because I love them.
This pie has all the charm of a classic Drumstick ice cream cone, and then some.
It’s notoriously difficult to cut neatly through hardened chocolate, so if you like your dessert sliced ‘just so‘, this may not be the pie for you. One thing you can do is to let it sit out for a few minutes before attempting to cut. Frankly I think it’s kind of fun to stab the knife in and see the chocolate shatter, BUT, if you’re entertaining and want a nicer presentation, I highly recommend adding the final chocolate shell AFTER cutting the ice cream. Drizzle it over the top of each slice and add the chopped nuts just before serving, the chocolate will harden instantly and you’ll save yourself some frustration.
This Drumstick Ice Cream Pie recipe was adapted from Small Town Woman.
- 5 ounce package of ice cream cones, about 12 (sugar cones, not waffle cones)
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1.5 quarts vanilla ice cream (you may not need the whole thing)
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 6 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Put the cones in a food processor and process until they are finely ground. You should end up with somewhere around 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.
- Mix the crumbs with the melted butter, tossing as you add the butter, until they are completely mixed.
- Lightly spray an 8 or 9 inch pie plate and gently but firmly press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides. Put the crust in the freezer while you make the ganache.
- Heat the cream until it just comes to a simmer. Take off the heat and add the chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes, and then stir until smooth. let cool slightly, then pour into the cold crust, and push it up the sides a little bit. Put back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Take the ice cream out and set it on the counter for about 10-15 minutes to soften. Then spoon it into the cold pie shell and smooth it out. Fill the shell and mount it slightly. You may not need the whole 1 1/2 quarts. Put the pie back in the freezer until the ice cream is hardened.
- To make the chocolate topping melt the chocolate and the coconut oil in the microwave --- heat for one minute, then stir. Heat in small 15 second intervals if necessary, stirring in between to melt completely.
- Pour the chocolate over the ice cream to cover completely. Immediately sprinkle the nuts over the surface before the chocolate hardens. Put the pie back in the freezer until you are ready to serve.
- Remove the cake a few minutes ahead of time to make cutting easier.
- Alternative method: Do not coat the pie with the chocolate topping ahead of time. Cut the ice cream in slices, and then, just before serving, coat with the chocolate shell.
- I very much liked the ice cream cone crust, you do taste the flavor quite clearly, so I think it’s worth buying the cones. I used one package of 12 Joy sugar cones.
- You can buy Magic Shell in a bottle if you like for convenience.
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