Individual Mermaid Ice Cream Treats

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These Individual Mermaid Ice Cream Treats are super easy to make. Get the kids involved in making them and serve for a summer treat after playing outside or at a sleepover.

Kids can help make individual mermaid ice cream treats.

So, this is my first venture into mermaid anything. I know it’s been a popular trend for quite a while now but, since I have boys, it’s a trend I’ve not ever needed, to make anything girlie. That’s not to say I don’t like mermaids or girlie things. My boys once insisted I have a princess candle for my birthday.

Individual mermaid ice cream treats are easy and fun.

Tools need for Individual Mermaid Ice Cream Treats

Everything I used for this cute treat, the cupcake liners, mermaid tails using candy melts, candy decorations and disposable decorating bags, is in the Wilton DIY-Lish Mermaid Cupcake Decorating Kit. There really are no special techniques to make these mermaid treats that are sure to bring smiles. There are a few reasons these are so perfect for summer parties. First, they are no bake so no worries about heating up the house. Second, kids can get in on the fun of decorating. Serve them after a playdate, a day in the pool or for a summer sleepover. They would also be cute for a baby shower, just make all the tails pink. 

If you’re having a mermaid birthday party for your daughter, these individual mermaid ice cream treats would be a fun, and unexpected, addition. I’m sure the girls attending would go crazy, not to mention they are pretty impressive. No one needs to know how easy they are.

I used store-bought ice cream in the interest of time and convenience butut if you like to make homemade ice cream, it probably tastes much better than store-bought.

Of course, you can use other flavors, including my nutty cookies and cream ice cream. Leave out the nuts if there are allergy concerns.

Making mermaid tails

Tips for Making the Mermaid Tails:

  • Make more than you think you’ll need. Some may break when you remove them from the mold.
  • Melt the candy melts in a disposable Wilton decorating bag in the microwave. Knead with your hand to melt the last bits.
  • Pipe into the mermaid tail mold. Using a toothpick fill in the mold with the candy melts.
  • GENTLY tap the mold on the counter to release air bubbles.
  • Make the mermaid tails in advance and store them in an airtight container. I made them a week before I made the ice cream cups.

Two color whipped cream ready for piping.

Tips for Making Mermaid Swirl Whipped Cream:

  • Chill the bowl, stainless steel is best, and beaters before whipping the heavy cream. Why? Well, it’s a bit scientific to get into here but, in a nutshell, it whips better and will stay set longer.
  • Use Dixie Crystals powdered sugar to sweeten the whipped cream. Granulated sugar can result in a grainy texture since it won’t melt. Do this to taste. Using powdered sugar also stabilizes it better.
  • Add the powdered sugar as you begin to beat the cream.
  • Tint the cream as you begin to whip the cream so the color is evenly distributed. Otherwise, you may have streaks.
  • A hand mixer or stand mixer works best but it’s not impossible to whip cream by hand, just tiring.
  • Don’t overbeat the cream. You will end up with butter. Very pretty, colored butter.

Fun and festive individual mermaid ice cream treats.



Individual Mermaid Ice Cream Treats

Although these treats require advance planning it's worth it for how festive they are.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time5 hours
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream divided
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pink and blue food coloring


  • Place 4 mermaid cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Scoop one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Freeze.
  • Using the candy melts and mermaid tail molds, make 6 – 10 tails. Allow to set and store until ready to use.
  • In a chilled blow using a chilled beater, whip 1/2 cup heavy cream with 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar to stiff peaks, adding blue food coloring, just a drop or two for desired color, after a few seconds. Refrigerate after you achieve stiff peaks.
  • Repeat with the remaining 1/2 heavy cream, using pink food coloring. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Using disposable decorating bags, put each color in a separate bag. Clip a small portion off the end of each bag. Place those two bags into another disposable bag fitted with the Wilton 1M star tip. Making sure you have the ends of all three bags twisted, carefully pipe the whipped cream onto the ice cream cups. You will achieve the swirl easily.
  • Quickly add a mermaid tail to the whipped cream and decorate with the kits sprinkles. Return ice cream cups to the freezer to set whipped cream (and ice cream if it's begun to melt), at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

It's good to have extra mermaid tails in the event any break. Store extras in airtight container.

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  1. These are so adorable, and so much fun! My daughter would love not just the mermaid candy topping but the mermaid ice cream too!

  2. I love the idea of ice cream cups for a birthday party! We are doing unicorns for my daughter’s 3rd birthday this year, but I think mermaids might be the plan for next year, with these yummy ice cream cups for dessert!

  3. These are adorable, and would be perfect for a little girls party. I can’t wait to try your tip on swirling with multiple bags either!

  4. I am just loving these festive mermaid cupcakes. Perfect for any summer party but even better for a mermaid party, A great tutorial for how to make the best mermaid cupcakes!

  5. Their little tails are adorable. Making some of these cupcakes would be fun. I really like the colors!

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