Homemade Drumsticks #SundaySupper

Homemade Drumsticks - Fun and easy to make, gluten free, and way better than store bought!

When I was a kid, my Granny and sometimes my Papa would come to visit quite often.  They were my mom’s parents and are unfortunately gone.  I try to hold onto the memories I made with them, but they slip from my mind far faster than I would like.

Luckily, I do have some memories and I love when Mom tells me about our times together.

Of course, they loved food as much as I do, if not more.  They were both awesome cooks, though when they came to visit they never cooked.  Mom made dinner – tacos, burgers, meatloaf – and breakfast – bacon, eggs, sausage, but dessert was almost always store bought.

Homemade Drumsticks

There was the time Papa and I fought over the last piece of key lime pie, though I don’t remember who got it.  Plenty of those slice and bake cookies filled the oven.  And there was ice cream.  Lots and lots of ice cream.

Perhaps because they often came to visit in the summer, or maybe just because we all love ice cream, it was frequently the dessert of choice.  We went to Baskin Robbins to get a scoop of our favorites when we wanted to out, but when we were chilling at home, the freezer was always full of Drumsticks.

We all loved them, and what’s not to love?  Crunchy cone, creamy ice cream, the snap of the chocolate, and salt from the nuts.  They are the perfect blend of flavors and textures.  I remember loving the ones with caramel stuffed in the middle of the ice cream.

Homemade Drumsticks

I haven’t had a Drumstick in years since I’m now allergic to chocolate, but really, I hadn’t had one long before that.  I figured it was time to make a batch of my own, and dare I say they are better than the store bought ones.

I love the crispy cone that I coated in homemade magic shell.  Then I stuffed caramel swirled ice cream into the cone and mounded a bit on top before adding more magic shell and those classic peanuts.  I even picked up gluten free cones, so these are gluten free, fun to make, and so perfect for summer.  I really can’t get over how fun and easy these are to make and how incredibly, addictively, awesomely delicious they are.

I can’t wait to enjoy another as I fondly remember the summers of my youth and my grandparents.

Homemade Drumsticks

Homemade Drumsticks #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 4 Drumsticks


4 sugar cones, gluten free if necessary

1 cup carob or dark chocolate chips

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 cups caramel swirled ice cream

½ cup lightly salted peanuts, coarsely chopped


First make the magic shell. In a medium, microwave safe bowl, combine the carob or chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Allow to cool slightly.

Once slightly cool, spoon the magic shell into the cones, coating the inside completely and placing extra in the bottom. Allow to harden for about 5 minutes.

Fill cones with ice cream and mound a scoop on top. Place in the freezer on a parchment lined tray or just paper plates and freeze for about 10 minutes.

Once firm, spoon magic shell over the ice cream and dip immediately into peanuts because the magic shell hardens quickly.

Return to freezer for at least one hour before serving. Drumsticks may be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Additional chilling time is necessary

Recipe is easily multiplied


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  1. How yummy!!

  2. Your drumsticks look way way way better than those frozen, tired, paper-wrapped drumsticks laying dormant in the freezer case of the gas station. I ate them anyway, but if I had been given yours, I’d forget all about those. Nice post.

  3. The perfect summer treat for sure!!

  4. Your drumsticks look so inviting!

  5. Definitely better than store bought!!! And with caramel swirl ice cream???? Amazing!!!

  6. Your grandparents had exquisite taste, Laura! Your drumsticks look and sound very scrumptious! What a great idea to stuff with caramel swirl… and top with chocolate shell…Your post made me hungry for ice cream and tempted to replicate your delightful dessert =)

    • You should totally make these, Kim. They are so fun to make and kind of, sort of healthy??? Gluten free cones, light ice cream, coconut oil, peanuts – definitely health food 😉

  7. When we go out for crabs the standard dessert is the Nutty Buddy. I’m hosting a crab feast for our son’s birthday in a few weeks – I have to make these. They will be such a hit and I’ll enlist the Grandchildren. They will have such fun making this recipe!

    • Yes, everyone will love these! I know you and your grandchildren will have a blast making (and eating) them. Thanks, Monica!

  8. Laura, to answer your question about republishing. I go to edit the post (with new photos, etc), then I just change the publish date to whenever I want it to republish. Click on update and it’s scheduled to post in the future. Does that make sense? I’ve just started to do it with some old posts that no one ever saw!

    • Ahhh, thank you so much. That really helps, and now I am excited to do that. There are some recipes I would love to make again and being able to reshare them is awesome. Thanks, Liz!!! 🙂

  9. They wouldn’t even have time to melt I guarantee you!

  10. LOVE these homemade drumsticks. Such a brilliant idea for summertime!

  11. These are my mom’s favourite summer treat!

  12. I haven’t had one of these in years! Love their flavor. Now you have my craving one. And since I’ve never made one myself, it’s about time, don’t you think? 🙂 Good stuff — thanks.

  13. Debbie Eccard says:

    Great idea!!! I love drum sticks and yours would be so much better!! I miss mom and dad everyday but I do love thinking about how much they both loved food and dessert….Thanks for the memories!!


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