Homemade Drumsticks

I love Drumsticks Ice Cream Bars. I don’t love the price. Making your own at home is so much easier – and you can use whatever flavors you have on hand.

Plus, you can make them with sprinkles. I love chopped peanuts, but man. I love my sprinkles too.

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

My mom used to buy Drumsticks all the time when I was a kid. I have fond memories of eating off all the nuts that would come loose, then eating off the chocolate. Then I’d manage to eat all the ice cream, even down into the cone. Then I’d nibble the chocolate part of the cone, then eat the cone down to the chocolate tip, then finish it all in one bite.

What? I can’t be the only one who eats Drumsticks that way, right? RIGHT?


You already know this about me, right? That I’m a weird eater and I’m the Taco Bell vampire?

Well, anyway. I’ve been thinking about how I really want a Drumstick. Then I saw the prices. {Seriously? For 4?}

So I made my own.

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

It’s kind of perfect I made them just in time for Ice Cream Week, right? Because the best part about making your own Drumsticks is how you can personalize them to your liking.

But there is one thing you cannot skip when you’re making DIY Drumsticks: the chocolate tip. It’s just not a Drumstick without it!

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

I filled the bottom of each cone with a little bit of melted chocolate. I was having a hard time figuring out how to stand them all up when I got the idea to use an egg carton. I poked out holes in the bottom (where the eggs go) and stuck each cone through.

{Note: this worked for the chocolate part, but not the ice cream part. You’ll need to find small glasses or other containers for when you add the ice cream. I also saw someone who took a complete egg carton and poked holes in the top, then stuck the cones in. Of course, I found that after I was done! I found that tall 2 oz shot glasses were the perfect fit for my sugar cones.}

Add some chocolate to each cone, then freeze so it will harden.

Then get crazy.

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

The best part about making a copycat Drumstick is being able to use your own flavor combos. Use your favorite flavor ice cream and your favorite toppings.

Since it’s been ice cream week, I have lots of ice cream laying around. I’ve also made lots of other ice cream that I would die to have in a Drumstick.

I made a few different kinds for you:

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

I made traditional, with vanilla frozen yogurt and topped with peanuts. Maple Bacon Crunch Ice Cream would have gone good here too – especially if you topped it with toffee bits.

It’s a hard job to take a bite out of every Drumstick you made to show the insides, but someone had to fall on the sword. I volunteered for the job. 😉

Homemade Funfetti Drumsticks

My favorite: I made Funfetti Drumsticks! Use Cake Batter Ice Cream and dip them in Funfetti Magic Shell, then top with sprinkles.

Homemade Mint Chip Drumsticks

Jordan’s favorite: Mint Chip Drumsticks. You could also use Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream

Homemade Peanut Butter Brownie Drumsticks

Peanut Butter Brownie Drumsticks, using Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream. Might I also suggest Easy Dulce de Leche Ice Cream here?

Anyway you make them, homemade Drumsticks are the best. And they’re cheap, because you most likely have most of the ingredients on hand.

Plus, like I said, it’s fun to put sprinkles on them!

Homemade Drumsticks - easy to make using your favorite ice cream and toppings!

Don’t forget to go check out Ashton’s Ice Cream Recipes this week for ice cream week!

For more ice cream recipes check out my Ice Cream Pinboard!

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Homemade Drumsitcks

Why buy Drumsticks at the store when you can make your own at home? Making them at home means you can add your own flavor twists: mint, cake batter, anything you like!


  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips, divided

  • 12 sugar cones

  • Ice Cream, in desired flavors (about 1/4 cup per cone)

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 1/3 cups sprinkles or chopped nuts for topping


  1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need small glasses or containers for each cone. Tall 2 ounce shot glasses are perfect for this, depending on the size of your sugar cones.

    Place your sugar cones in their holders.

  2. Place 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until smooth. Place a small amount of the melted chocolate in the bottom of each cone. I used a drinking straw to push the chocolate down to the bottom of the cone. Freeze the cones for 5 minutes.

  3. While the cones are freezing, let your ice cream warm up a bit on the counter.

  4. Remove cones from the freezer. Fill each with ice cream, making sure to have a rounded scoop at the top. I found it best to make at most 2 before returning the cones to the freezer. Use your favorite ice cream flavor!

  5. Freeze the cones for at least 30 minutes, until the ice cream is re-hardened.

  6. Place remaining 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips in another microwave safe bowl. Add the vegetable oil. Heat on high in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until smooth.

  7. Transfer the chocolate to a short drinking glass for easy dipping.

  8. Set out your sprinkles or chopped nuts, near the sink or garbage.

  9. Working in batches, remove 2 cones from the freezer. Dip upside down in the chocolate and tap off the excess. Hold upright and sprinkle with sprinkles or nuts, over the garbage can to keep the mess to a minimum. Place the cones back in the freezer.

  10. Once the topping is hardened, place the cones in a airtight container. These are best served within a few days so the cone doesn’t get soggy.

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Sweets from friends:
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  1. Wow ice cream week. Amazing. It gets better with each post! I thought that these WERE Drumsticks. Like…they are SO PERFECT, Dorothy! Like, so precise, and it’s so hard for me to shoot ice cream and you make it look like a walk in the (non-melty) park. Amazing! Pinned 🙂

  2. I promise I am telling you the absolute truth when I say this, Dorothy. The way you described eating a Drumstick? My exact method. Down to that last bite. I kid you not!
    And I love them for that reason. So many parts to eat! And these are lovely.

  3. Love that these are doable at home. So cute too.
    And what would life be without sprinkles?

  4. What a great idea to make home-made drumsticks! These remind me of my Grandma’s house…she always had this and plenty of other ice cream treats for dessert.

  5. Okay, seriously these are too cute! We make homemade magic shell and dip our ice cream cones in that and eat immediately. But this never occurred to me to make a whole bunch and freeze them. I kid you not I just bought the box at Costco with 16 drumsticks and they were gone in 2.5 days! Totally doing this….

  6. Oh my gosh, this is brilliant! Why haven’t I thought of it?

  7. So cute and perfect! I love drumsticks!

  8. These are all kinds of delicious fun!

  9. These are so cute! I haven’t had a drumstick in forever and now I really want one.

  10. Omg woman!! You are so amazing making all photographing all those flavors for this post!!!! Seriously, I’ve done drumbsticks once before, and what people can’t see here are HOW STINKIN’ HARD these are to photograph! Wonder woman right here.

    Also: sprinkles > peanuts = truth. LOVE THESE!

  11. I’ve got to make these with the boys, so fun!!

  12. I loooove all of the combinations you tried! And the chocolate at the bottom of the cone has always been my favorite part:-)

  13. I love this idea!!! and I eat my drumsticks like that too. . doesn’t everyone?

  14. Another yummy recipe Dorothy! Your killing me here with all the delicious posts.. could definitely go for an ice-cream right about now!

  15. I love this! They are so sweet – I’m a sucker for sprinkles! What fun, to make these at home!

  16. This is beyond smart!!! All the goodness of a drumstick but cheaper and personalized?? Count me in!

  17. This is absolutely brilliant! My husband loves drumsticks and I do too, but they’re so pricy. I love that you can customize these however you want. The funfetti one sounds amazing! Sprinkles just make life better 😉 Pinning!

  18. Drumsticks at home? I adore drumsticks and I definitely need to try making these at the crib now! Hooray what a beautiful day indeed!

  19. Okay…I never thought to make homemade drumsticks. I don’t know where I’ve been. Perfect for these hot summer days. Thanks so much 🙂

  20. These are so cute! And YES to ALL the sprinkles!

  21. Ohmygahhhh, you’re killing me here. I don’t need to know that I can make my favorite treats at home… it’s better for my diet if I just keep believing that I have to make the 35 mile drive to town to buy them. 🙂

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  23. What a great nostalgic treat, Dorothy! I never thought to make homemade drumsticks! These look amazing and super easy! Pinned. 🙂

  24. Girl, you are my hero. I am all about the drumstick. Love!

  25. I bought some Drumsticks last week and it just about killed me to pay $6 for 4 of them! These look WAY better and so much cheaper! Awesome recipe, as usual, Dorothy!

  26. Love this diy version! Such a fun summertime treat!

  27. Drumsticks were one of my favorite ice cream treats as a kid; I’m SO happy you made a DIY version!! I saw the price tags in Safeway the other day, and my jaw nearly hit the floor. Seriously?? For ice cream? Uggh… My current obsession is honey roasted peanuts, so I’d love to add those to your home PB brownie ice cream drumstick!

  28. This is awesome! Surprisingly, I eat them the same way as you ^.^ My parents would always look at me weird when I would stick my tongue in the cone 🙂

  29. Ohhhh Dorothy-you are singing my song! I LOVE drumsticks and the fact that I could make them homemade??? I DIE

  30. I was just thinking about making Drumsticks and Snickers Ice Cream Bars – my two childhood favorites. These are so cute and I love that you did all different flavor combos. For some reason I didn’t think of that.

  31. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I wouldn’t miss the store bought stuff at all. Eating with my eyes over here. 🙂

  32. Oh my gosh! I love drumsticks and your version looks just like them!! I am sure they taste just like them too!! Brilliant!!!!

  33. Holy cow, these are brilliant! We LOVE drumsticks and too funny, yes, I eat my drumsticks that way too 🙂 They look perfect, and totally agree – the chocolate tip and sprinkles are a must! Pinning!

  34. These look so awesome! And I love how customizable they are. I wish I was hosting a kid’s party so I could make a station of toppings to dip these in. (I’ll probably have some friends over and do that, actually!). Yum 🙂

  35. These look better than the ones from the store!! PINNED!

  36. My family loves these! These look spot on, too, and so easy! All those variations … which to choose?? I’ll volunteer to be your taste tester next time, k? 🙂 Pinned!

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  38. Yay for homemade drumsticks!! You’re not limited to a few flavors, AND they’re much cheaper. Major win in the ice cream world! 🙂

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  40. I had to chuckle for a minute when I was reading how you eat your drumstick as I eat mine the same way!!! I just stumbled on this blog and its amazing!!! I can not wait to try the coconut sugar cookie bars or the Coconut Frosted FUDGY Brownies! 🙂

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  42. Making these for a last day of school treat.  Will the homemade magic shell with coconut oil work, or should I stick to the veg oil version?  I’m thinking what you have is thicker than homemade magic shell.  Thanks!!

    • Coconut oil will work just fine, almost better, especially depending on what brand of coconut oil you use (some of it almost stays solid no matter what, which is a good thing in magic shell!)

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