Monday, March 7, 2011

Ice Cream Leprechauns

Let me just say...
I am SOOOO excited to share this one with you!

I know you want to make them!  So here is the tutorial!

Supplies Needed:
-  Vanilla Ice Cream (note, I used frozen yogurt.. I think regular ice cream would have been a better choice)
-  1 Pkg Green Candy Melts
-  Ice Cream Cones (I used the colored cones)
-  Black Decorating Frosting
-  Vanilla Frosting
-  Food Coloring, red and yellow
-  Gum, in the little rectangles, not sticks
-  Cocktail Cherries
-  Rainbow Decorating Sprinkles OR Mini Chocolate Chips (for eyes)
-  Cake Decorating Shamrocks (optional)
-  Toothpicks, broken in half

Ok... so you have a choice.  You can go the easy, less messy, less work, less expensive route and simply use the green ice cream cones that you can buy at the store.  If you choose to do it this way, skip down to Step 4.

OR... you can use any color ice cream cone, melt your green candy melts, and make your little leprechaun hat green that way.  The choice is yours.  Here is the more messy, more work, more expensive, but super fun way!  Follow from Step 1 below, if you're up for it!

Step 1
Prepare your cones.  I found that it worked well to line a baking sheet with wax paper.  I placed my cones on top of a cooling rack set inside of the lined baking sheet.

Step 2
Melt your chocolate melts according to the package instructions.  I used an entire package of melts to cover 8 cones.  Be careful not to over cook your chocolate!

Step 3
Using a spoon, pour the melted chocolate over each cone, allowing it to drip down and cover the sides.

After pouring chocolate on the top of each, I found it helpful to pour chocolate around the perimeter, then fill in spots where needed.

Maker sure your cones are completely covered with chocolate, and allow them to set until the chocolate has hardened.

Step 4
Time to add a black band on your Leprechaun hats.  I would have used this tip if it had fit onto the frosting bottle.  This was not the case.  Ugh!  So, I had to resort to a Ziploc bag.

I squeezed a bunch of the frosting into a Ziploc bag, and snipped the end.

Add a band of black frosting around each of your hats.  Here, you see the green colored cone (not covered in chocolate).

Add a little black frosting to the middle of a piece of gum, and stick it onto your hat.  Voilà!  You have a Leprechaun hat!

And here you see some finished hats that were covered in the chocolate.

Step 5
Some important notes to the rest of the instructions.
For the best results, work fast and work COLD!  The colder you can keep your ice cream, the better.  If you have a deep freeze, even better!  It will keep your ice cream colder than a regular refrigerator.  Of course... I did not have that as an option.  Also, if you can manage to keep each Leprechaun on an individual dish, this would make it so much easier as well.  That way you don't need to handle them more than necessary, and can take one out at a time.  

Keep a cup of warm water ready.  This will allow you to mold your ice cream balls and keep the ice cream from sticking to your spoons.  

Using two spoons (one of mine was an ice cream scoop), make an ice cream cone sized ball of ice cream, trying to smooth it as best you can.

Add your ice cream ball to your Leprechaun hat, using the nicest side for the face.

Place it on a tray and immediately place it in the freezer.

Here are my Leprechauns, freezing up as I work on the  next...

I would recommend allowing your Leprechauns to freeze for an hour at this point.  The more solid your ice cream is for the next step, the easier they will be to complete, and the better results you will get.

Step 6
I used store-bought frosting.  You could just as easily make your own decorating frosting.  I ended up adding some powdered sugar to this after the fact, finding that it worked a little better.  You may want to do the same.

Tint your frosting to get an orange color that you are happy with.  I used a 2:1 ratio of yellow to red dye.  With the regular food coloring, I used 30 drops of yellow and 15 drops of red.

Add your orange frosting to a piping bag with a large circle tip, or to a Ziploc bag like I have, and cut the corner.

Step 7
Again, if you can, work with one Leprechaun at a time, that way your ice cream doesn't get too soft.  Using your orange frosting, make a beard by squirting dots of frosting, or by squeezing zig-zags.

I would have added hair all around, but my ice cream was getting soft pretty fast (1 - I was using frozen yogurt, and 2 - I didn't allow it to completely freeze before this step... Ack!).  You may want to add hair to yours too.

After the beard, I added some bushy eyebrows.  Aren't they cute?!

Step 8
Time for the nose!!!  Cut your cocktail cherries in half.  I placed them cut-side down onto a paper towel to suck up some of the extra juice.

You could attach these with more frosting.  I opted for breaking a toothpick in half, and using the toothpick to secure the nose to the ice cream.  If you are giving these to young children, you likely would want to use frosting or make sure the toothpick is removed before the little ones get them!

Step 9
Add your eyes!  Actually, this would have been easier had I added them before the nose.  The little candy sprinkles aren't the easiest to handle.  You could also use mini chocolate chips, poking the pointy end into the ice cream.  I first tried to make frosting dots for eyes, but wasn't happy with the results (I needed a smaller tip, or they would have been fine).  It is up to you!

Step 10
Last, I added some frosting to the back of this candy shamrock, and attached it to the hat.  And your ice cream Leprechaun is complete!  Leave it in the freezer until ready to enjoy!

I can't wait to share these with my kids tonight.  They will be a special treat, for sure.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  Enjoy!


  1. SHUT UP... (jk) this is to stinken cute! I am going to share it on my CraftOManiac FB page. Love it! jen

  2. Are you kidding me?? Where in the world do you come up with these adorable projects? This is just about the cutest holiday idea I've ever seen!

  3. This is awesome! What a fun dessert!!

  4. Read with an Irish accent - Ahh, sure and begorrah, I’m likin’ these ice cream treats, lassie, and that’s no blarney! :o)

    p.s. begorrah is Irish for "Would you look at that?!?!?!?!"

  5. These are so cute! Might just have to make them - though me & icing don't always get along! :) How you got them to look so great using the ziplock bag method - I am amazed! I always end up with a horrible mess when I do it! lol!


  6. These are phenomenal!! I'll be adding them to my Tip Junkie St. Patrick's Day site asap.

  7. Well, it is such a very lovely way to serve a different types of dishes with us, I really like it very much, it is totally different from other dishes.
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  8. I love the leprechauns! I was going to make a cake with shamrock decor for our St.Patrick's Day tea party, but I may have to do this instead. Only it looks so time consuming that I may have to get a granddaughter to help.

  9. By the way, I am a new follower, and I'd love to be able to subscribe to an email.

  10. Absolutely adorable! Great job! I love crafty food :)

  11. This is adorable! Great idea for next week!!
    Thank you for sharing!

  12. What a fun treat! I might have to think about this for our St Patty's Day muffin tin meal!

  13. Love this. How stinkin' clever! I use ziplock bags all the time for icing.

    Sharing this with my Facebook readers and Twitter followers.

  14. How cute are those?! Absolutely love this!! Will be sharing on Twitter!

  15. Soooo cute! I wished I lived near my grandchildren so I could provide this for St.Patrick's Day.


  16. This is such a cute idea! Ive done clowns but this is way cutier!

  17. These are super cute - will definitely try making them!

  18. Wow- that is the cutest St Patty's Day treat I have ever laid my eyes on! I am your newest follower too!
    I followed the link from My Backyard Eden.
    ~Rachel @

  19. Whoaaa I WANT one! Apart from the fact I can't eat them:) I'm another visitor from the FTLOB. So cute with the leprechaun. I have a crocheted one though...

  20. This is awesome!! Next year, when my son is a little older, I will totally make this!!!! LOVE IT!

  21. so so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Soooooo sooooo sooooo soooooooooo cute! :D
    I love it!

  23. Beyond adorable!! I have to do this!

  24. Super cool!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

  25. I am going to feature this tomorrow! I love it :)

  26. Woozers, these are amazing! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Somewhat Simple.

  27. these guys are awesome! thanks for the comment on my st. patty's posts! can't wait to join the link party tomorrow! :)

  28. Love these, it reminds me of the clown cones I got as a kid from Baskin Robins!! Way fun thing to make for my daughter! THanks for sharing

  29. Love the hat!

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  30. Rachel, I found your link-up at "What Allie's Making Now", and just had to come by. I love your leprechaun cones. They're so wonderful, whimsical, and rich in detail! I'll be sharing a link with my Facebook fans! Best, Jenn/Rook No. 17

  31. Oh my goodness. Adorable! Just found you from Jenn's facebook!

  32. HOW STICKIN' CUTE ARE THESE!!! Love them! So creative! Thanks for linking up! :)

  33. These are super cute!


  34. Those are ADORABLE! OMG! Thank your for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  35. Oh, I love cute edible holiday crafts!

  36. These are insanely Cute!!! What a great idea!

  37. Those are too cute! What a creative idea!

  38. I featured this on my blog today! Come by and check it out!
    Have a great weekend!

  39. Adorable! I have done a similar idea making a clown and a King/Queen for a kids party.

    Love your detailed tutorial- great job

  40. Super sweet & nifty neat!! Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  41. How adorable, and creative! I love this! I'm going to share this link on my blog's Facebook page.

  42. We featured this adorable idea on our blog today.

  43. How cute! I wish I have the same patience but I can never make anything cute so I'll just applaud bakers like you.

  44. This is so incredibly cute and clever! Thanks for sharing!

  45. you make me want to have kids just so i'm not doing these kid crafts all by myself! maybe i should take up babysitting again! ha ha, great post!

  46. We would love for you to come link up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and EVERYTHING GREEN!

  47. Those are awesome! What a fun thing to make with the kids! Thank you for sharing!

  48. These are just the cutest thing EVER!

    Thanks so much for linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS for Everything GREEN St. Patrick's Day, don't forget to stop by next Monday for Chocolate... Chocolate and More Chocolate!!!

  49. Thanks for joining our Sweet Links Party!! Please visit us again next Wednesday! Smiles~ Noelle

  50. Oh my word, these are just the cutest things! I love them! Thank you so much for linking this to This Week's Cravings!

  51. Thank you for sharing this at the K.I.S.S. blog bash. Hope you don't mind, I am linking this up to my new page The Homespun Bake Shop @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your yummy creations, it is a great place to share & find delicious inspiration.

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  52. What a fun idea! It's adorable! I'm going to link you to my blog. I've got some St. Patrick's day printables too. Fun ideas for St. Patrick's day class parties at the kids' school. Thanks!

  53. Thank you for sharing. Absolutely wonderful!

  54. I will save this recipe and make it next weekend for our 30th June picnic party. I am also planning to preparing fried chicken, too.


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