Drumstick Ice Cream Pie

I reserve the right to indulge, once or twice, no questions asked, in a few special foods that help me celebrate the change of season --- this Drumstick Ice Cream Pie, inspired by one of summer's most memorable treats, falls into that category.
Drumstick Ice Cream Pie is inspired by one of summer’s most memorable treats --- it's an easy, no-bake dessert that wows everybody!

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.

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie is a fun and festive variation on everybody's favorite summer treat --- this no bake dessert will be the hit of your next party or family meal!

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.

Making a Drumstick Ice Cream Pie with an ice cream cone crust

I spread a layer of ganache over the top to mimic that heavenly core of chocolate deep down inside a Drumstick cone.

A layer of chocolate ganache for Drumstick Ice Cream Pie

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.

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie recipe | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This pie has all the charm of a classic Drumstick ice cream cone, and then some.

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie is inpired by one of summer's great treats --- this easy, no-bake ice cream pie is a huge hit every time!

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.

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie is a summer pleasure not to be missed --- this easy no-bake dessert thrills all ages! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie --- it's a twist on everybody's favorite summer treat --- it's an easy no bake dessert for family and friends --- everybody goes wild for this! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Let me know if you try this, or play around with the recipe — and tag me, @theviewfromgreatisland on Instagram if you make it and can snap a photo — I’d love to see!

This Drumstick Ice Cream Pie recipe was adapted from Small Town Woman.

Drumstick Ice Cream Pie


  • 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
    ice cream
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Mix the crumbs with the melted butter, tossing as you add the butter, until they are completely mixed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove the cake a few minutes ahead of time to make cutting easier.
  9. 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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    June 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I doubled the recipe and made this in a 9×13 pan. I put the topping into a large plastic measuring cup and poured it onto the ice cream in kind of a checkerboard pattern. I’m hoping that will make it easier to cut into squares! I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m feeding it to a large group tomorrow!

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      June 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      That’s interesting, I think the looser topping will make it easier to cut. The crust gets quite hard, too, on frozen pies, and I’ve recently heard a tip to immerse just the base of the pan in a sink of hot water very briefly to soften it for easier cutting.

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    June 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I am having trouble making the ganache. It was very runny and never got thick. Maybe it’s because I used half and half instead of heavy cream, although many people on the net say it’s ok to do that. I tried adding 1/2 tbl of butter to see if that might help it set up, but it didn’t. So I just poured it onto the crust and stuck it back in the freezer…fingers crossed! Also, I plan on serving hot fudge sauce and nuts on the side instead of using or making the magic shell stuff. I think it tastes better.

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    June 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I got the ingredients for this and plan on making it for a Father’s Day dessert, since I don’t feel like baking anything. I will use full-fat coconut milk instead instead of the heavy cream. Also, I’m thinking of drizzling some of the chocolate on the top so it can look pretty and harden, but save the rest for drizzling before serving. Thanks for the recipe!

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    June 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Hi, I love the idea of this dessert! What can I substitute for the coconut oil, maybe regular veg oil? Thank you.

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    June 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I love the idea of this, but is there a substitute I can use for coconut oil? Regular veg oil, maybe? Thank you!

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      June 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      The coconut oil is traditional for making a ‘Magic Shell’ type of topping, but you could do without it and just use melted chocolate, thinned with a little vegetable oil.

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        June 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Thank you for answering so quickly. I just don’t want to buy something only to use a small amount of it.

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          June 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm

          You should be using more coconut oil ?

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