Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sweet and Salty "Ice Cream" Snack

Seems we all love ice cream.  For many,  it's the first sweet treat sampled as a baby.  It's usually served alongside birthday cake and is the quintessential summer sweet. Many years ago (when I was 21), I spent the whole summer living with a friend in Laguna Beach. We had an ice cream cone at Swensen's every single day:)  When my husband and I were young-marrieds, we may or may not have, each eaten our own pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream every weekend once in awhile. 
With the warmer weather I have noticed ice cream all over the blogosphere...sometimes the real deal, and sometimes a treat that just looks like ice cream:)  This snack falls into the latter category.
The "scoops" are mini marshmallows dipped in candy melts and topped with sprinkles:) Of course, you can eat them just like this for a yummy snack.
In the past I have made clown hats and elf hats out of Bugles. They've been fun, tasty snacks. The other day I had a mini "Aha moment" when I thought of making tiny ice cream cones out of Bugles.  They're the perfect shape!  I dipped them in peanut butter candy melts and even used a toothpick to etch lines in the cones so that they would look more authentic:)
I found these cute bags at World Market the other day and knew they would be perfect for serving up this snack. Such a cute treat for a summertime get-together or ice cream social!

Sweet and Salty "Ice Cream" Snack

Ingredients: 
12 cups salted, popped popcorn
24 original Bugles
4 ounces Wilton peanut butter candy melts
8 ounces of vanilla almond bark
4 ounces each of four colors of Wilton candy melts
24 mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini m&m's
1/4 cup multi-colored jimmies (sprinkles)
Wooden skewers or toothpicks
Sprinkles

Directions:
Ice cream cones:  Place some wax paper on a work surface. Set the marshmallows and Bugles on the wax paper. Melt the peanut butter candy melts.  Use a skewer to pick up a Bugle and dip it in the peanut butter melts until completely covered.. Hold the Bugle over the bowl and let the excess candy drip off. Set on the wax paper to dry.  Repeat with each Bugle. When they're dry, you can use a toothpick to etch diagonal lines in the cones to make them look more realistic.
Place each of the colored candy melts in a microwave-safe, small bowl and melt as package directs. Use a toothpick and dip a mini marshmallow in one of the colors (it's okay if it has a bit of excess candy on it, to make it look more like a rounded scoop). Set the marshmallow on top of one of the Bugles and hold it there for a moment. Apply the sprinkles.  Place the mini cone gently on the wax paper to dry. Repeat until you have 2 dozen mini ice cream cones. Let dry.
Popcorn: Line 2 jelly roll pans with wax paper.  Distribute the popcorn between the two pans.  Melt the vanilla almond bark and drizzle over the popcorn (or you may mix it more evenly with a wooden spoon if you prefer).  Immediately sprinkle with the jimmies and mini m&m's.  Lastly, place all the mini cones on both pans of popcorn.

ENJOY!
  
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37 comments:

  1. Sue you are my sugar sister. I like the way your brain works.

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  2. Sue, these are adorable and what a great idea for when my grands come in July! You're just so darn creative, XOXO

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  3. What an awesome idea!!!!! This sounds so delicious, what a great snack for the summertime!!! Love it! (And those little ice-cream cones are ADORABLE!)

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  4. Theses are adorable. I'd feel guilty eating them after you have gone to so much work, but I'd rather eat these any day over plain old ice cream. You are so creative.

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  5. Too cute! The mini ice cream cones are adorable!

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is so cute! And I love all ice cream, real or snack. Perfect!

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  7. These are too adorable to eat - sorry, scratch the last 2 words out, they are delish :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. Oh Sue - these are just too cute - love that they are soooo super tiny. I've got to make some.... Hope I don't eat all the bugles before they turn into cones!

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  9. Funny, I'm waiting for icing to dry on ice cream cone cookies as I read this. They are half as cute as your ingenious little treats shown here :)

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  10. These are adorable!!! I just might try these for preschool graduation!

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  11. awesome, tiny ice cream cones! and since candy melt is my favorite medium (next to tootsie rolls), even better! great idea sue!

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  12. Oh my gosh! Those little cones are beyond adorable!!!!

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  13. I was trying to figure out the cones! How adorable are they? When we were first married we dreamed of having a freezer filled with little pints or quarts of hand packed 31 Flavors Ice Cream. Then our metabolisms slowed down and we don't dream of that anymore, but we still love ice cream - how could I not being from the Dairy State!

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  14. Those mini ice cream cones look so perfect, at first, I actually thought they were the marshmallow ice cream cones you buy in a bag - like those colored peanuts! BUT, of course that thought lasted a nano-second, because your skill level in artistry is off the charts! You've given me so many great ideas for my nephews..and this is just another to add to them...and then send them home to my sister to climb the ceiling ;D

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  15. How cute!!! I LOVE these! I want to go to World Market and find these bags because they are perfect for this snack!! You are so smart!!!!

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  16. Oh my goodness..these are lovely! You are so clever! The mini ice cream cones are adorable. You are so clever! Love your blog! xoxo

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  17. LOVE these. Especially in the little goodie bags. So sweet :)

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  18. Beyond Amazing. Your sweet treats are always incredible.

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  19. WOW! You are always so creative Sue! These are so super cute and look yummy. I don't know how on earth you come up with all the fun ideas that you do! Love this!

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  20. oh my gosh those are ADORABLE! and so creative!! i wish i could grab a bag through the screen! yum!!! thanks for sharing!

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  21. These are just the SWEETEST ever! I LOVE them! You've outdone yourself on these beauties Sue :)

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  22. Too adorable for words. I so wish we had bugles over here you make so many cute treats with them I would love to try them out.

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  23. How adorable, can't wait to surprise my kiddos with these.

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  24. These are your best bugle creation ever! Aha moment is right!!!! I am making these too! I like them so much i am going to have to make a themed party around them!

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  25. Those little ice cream cones are the cutest thing ever! What a fun snack.

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  26. I ADORE THIS! I am throwing an ice cream party for my daughter Aug. 1st and I shared that I was doing so on my Craft-O-Manic FB page. I asked my readers if they had any ideas to let me know. A reader gave me your link. I so have to make this. Thank you. Jen-COM

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  27. This is seriously one of the cutest things I have ever seen! So delicate. You are very talented!

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  28. I agree, this is amazing. I love the little mini cones, there is just something so magical and whimsy about snacks like this!! I will be doing this for sure!!!

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  29. I love this, they are sooo cute! I plan on making them for my friend tomorrow, and i was wondering how long this will last until it goes bad. Would they be ok if i made it tonight and gve it to her tomorrow, or should i wait to make it tomorrow so it's fresh?

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    1. It would be just fine if you made them today for tomorrow. If you put them in an airtigh container after they have dried, they stay fresh for days:) Tham
      Thanks for your comment and have fun!

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