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Campfire Roasted Ice Cream Cone Treats

It may lack that signature Dairy Queen curl on top. You probably don’t have to worry about it dripping all over your shirt if you don’t lick the edges quickly enough. Most lactose-intolerant individuals won’t even be fazed by munching down one of these fun-day sundaes. But light up the bonfire, pull up a lawn chair and we’re willing to bet that you will find these homemade campfire ice cream cone treats downright delicious!

Wait. Wouldn’t That Melt?
Homemade ice cream cones on the campfire, you ask? How? I HOPE that everyone already knows you can’t really roast ice cream over a pile of flaming logs and sticks. So, here’s the scoop. The sugar cones are filled … but just not with ice cream. Instead, the crunchy, sphere-shaped goodness is crammed with marshmallows and a host of other delectable sweets. Then toasted to perfection over the flames.

These lip-smackin’ treats are simple to make and very customizable. Kids of all ages (and adults, too) will love picking out their own personal favorite contents and then loading up a cone for the roasting touch.

Ingredients for Campfire Cones
There are SO MANY great ingredients to choose from when building your Campfire Ice Cream Cone Treat, so be creative!!

The “Stuff” a Good Cone is Made Of
As we mentioned, the base ingredient for filling your campfire cone is marshmallows. Mini marshmallows to be exact. When trying to decide what else to doctor it up with, think DQ Blizzards. M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate or butterscotch chips, caramels, fudge, crushed Heath bars or other candy bar chunks, malted milk balls, cookie crumbs, graham cracker pieces … they all sweeten the treat. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, flaked coconut, blueberries, banana slices and strawberries also make interesting (and a bit healthier) additions.

Pick Your Mix (Not Your Nose)
Once all of the available ingredients have been determined, it’s time to start preparing your campfire feast. Trial and error has proven that the proper mix can make or break your results. For this reason, I take the time to pre-pick and pre-mix my ice cream substitutes before stuffing the cone. Paper cups or bowls make a great “staging area” for the guts of your masterpiece. Scoop the mini marshmallows and candy/other ingredient choices into the bowl or cup. I like to keep at least two-thirds of the mix mini marshmallows for the best blend/taste, but that is personal preference. Stir with a spoon to mix well.

Bowl full of campfire ice cream cone treat goodies
It all starts with a well-balanced mix of sweets and treats

Now the fun begins. Slowly pour the mixture from the cup or bowl into the cone. If you want to add additional flavor, fill the cone about one-third full, stop, and drizzle or spoon in some fudge, butterscotch, caramel or chocolate ice cream topping.

Half-filled campfire cone with ice cream topping added
Adding some ice cream topping to a partially filled campfire cone can really enhance the flavor!

Pour in another one-third of your ingredients, then repeat the drizzling process before completing your fill to just below the top rim of the cone. Complete the filling process by wedging a few full-size marshmallows into the top of the cone to hold all of the ingredients inside.

Campfire cone topped off and ready to wrap
Top off your campfire cone with a couple of full-size marshmallows to hold all of the ingredients in place!

Campfire Cooking Time!
Before plunging the cones directly into a fiery trap of dancing flames, protect them with a double layer of aluminum foil.

Ready-to-wrap in foil
We’re ready to wrap this thing in aluminum foil!

The foil not only holds everything in place and keeps all the parts from burning black, but it also holds in the heat to help roast the marshmallows, candy and other ingredients from the inside out. After each treat is wrapped individually, place the wrapped cones directly on a grate above the fire if you wish, turning occasionally to promote better melting.

Wrapped Cone
Place the cone on one edge of the foil, roll it up tight, then fold in each end to seal in the heat

PYO TIP (It’s like a PRO tip, only using the ParkYourselfOutdoors initials abbreviation instead): I actually like to use a flex grilling basket to hold the cones. It makes them easier to flip and you can hold the basket as high as necessary above the flames to achieve the optimal cooking temperature for slowly melting all of the yummy, gooey goodness inside. Click here to see the one I use.”

Ice Cream Cone Treats loaded grill basket
They’re all loaded in the grill basket … It won’t be long now!

The proper cooking time will depend on the intensity of the flames and the heat from the burning coals. Just as when roasting marshmallows on a stick, glowing coals tend to deliver more effective results than raging flames. Cooking usually doesn’t take long. You’ll need to experiment, but my best guess is two-and-a-half minutes of cooking. Flip. Two minutes of cooking. Done. Don’t be afraid to open that top rolled flap on the foil to take a peak (but be careful, the foil will be hot!) As soon as the top marshmallows start to balloon upward or melt uncontrollably, you should be good to go!

Melted to perfection! Time for the final toppings (Maybe whipped cream and a cherry on top?)

Top It Off the Right Way
Traditional squeeze bottles of chocolate, caramel or butterscotch sauce and spray-on whipped cream provide excellent finishing touches after the campfire roasting is complete. You can even top it off with some sprinkles (admit it, the kid inside of you LOVES sprinkles!) or a cherry for the perfect visual effect! It might look somewhat similar to a traditional ice cream cone, but licking it will get you nowhere. Instead, give it a couple of minutes to cool down before taking a humungous CHOMP!!! Then ENJOY!!!

Parker with a Campfire roasted ice cream cone treat
Parker LOVES these things! Please Mr. Flatly, save some for me!

See below for a complete list of the ingredients you’ll need and some more you might want.  If you give this recipe a go yourself, please share your results! We’d love to see pictures or hear what ingredients YOU liked best in the comments box below! Looking for more great campfire treat ideas? Check out this delicious Campfire Caramel Apple Pie recipe or try this tasty Campfire Pizza recipe.

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Must-Have Ingredients for Campfire Ice Cream Cone Treats:
Sugar cones
• Mini marshmallows (I prefer Kraft Jet-Puffed – they come in multi-colors, too)
• Regular-sized marshmallows (Again, I prefer Kraft Jet-Puffed – you get what you pay for!)

Optional Ingredient Choices for Campfire Roasted Ice Cream Cone Treats:
• Chocolate chips • Butterscotch chips • M&M’s candies • Reese’s Pieces • Heath Bar pieces • Malted milk balls • Caramel chunks • Flaked coconut • Graham crackers (chunks) • Cashews or peanuts • Whipped cream (Reddi-Whip works well) • Fudge, Chocolate, Caramel, or Butterscotch ice cream topping • Sprinkles  • Maraschino cherries • Plus … anything else that sounds tasty to you!!!

Equipment Needed for Campfire Ice Cream Cone Treats
• A Campfire with nice hot coals/embers on the bottom (Although a grill or an oven also work in a pinch!)
• Grill grate, grilling basket or corn grilling basket
• Aluminum foil
• Paper mixing bowl or cup (can be burned in the fire when you’re done)
• Spoon or fork to scoop out toppings (and maybe eat the finished ice cream cone treat if you’re weird)
• Napkins or wet wipes – It’s gonna be deliciously messy!

2 Comment

    1. Terri, I DO have quite the sweet tooth! In fact, being a guy who enjoyed my 80’s rock music, it’s possible that Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” would be my theme song!!!

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