Patriotic Ice Cream Cones


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These Patriotic Ice Cream Cones are a festive touch to any Memorial Day or July 4th party. They are also a fun way to welcome home your soldier.

Family and friends will be so impressed with these homemade ice cream shoppe sugar cones. They are easy enough that older kids can get in on the fun and help make them.

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A vanilla ice cream cone decorated with red, white, and blue nonpareils.

Celebrating Memorial Day or the 4th of July usually involves a backyard BBQ or picnic. If you like to make different types of ice cream cones, these will be a fun and easy treat that will make guests think you bought them from the local ice cream shoppe.

What do I need to make sprinkle ice cream cones?

  • Ice cream cones (sugar cones, cake cones, waffle cones or waffle bowls)
  • Red, White, and Blue nonpareils or jimmies
  • White candy melts or white chocolate chips
  • A spatula or pastry brush to brush candy (I like a small spatula)

This year we are celebrating at home so I decided to make these patriotic ice cream cones to hold a big scoop of ice cream. My family loves sugar cones but you could certainly make these with cake cones or waffle bowls.

Patriotic ice cream cone Pinterest image.

If you’re making waffle bowls or waffle cones, you will need to melt more chocolate since they are quite larger than sugar cones. I first tried using white chocolate chips.

I must admit, I was impatient and it seized so I turned to candy melts. I’ve learned it’s better to melt white chocolate in the microwave and to use fresh white chocolate.

I have melted candy melts in the microwave in the past with tremendous success but chose to use my Wilton Candy Melts Melting Pot that I got for Christmas. Worked like a charm.

I used bright white melts. You could use red or blue but I like the white background. Once they were melted I took a rubber spatula and spread the candy around the outside of the cone.

Patriotic Ice Cream Cones

I had the small, round, nonparieils but you could also easily use sprinkles or, as some call them, jimmies. Star sprinkles would be even more festive. I found it easier to put the nonpareils in a bowl and spoon them over the cone. The coverage was better.

What kind of ice cream can I serve in sprinkle dipped ice cream cones?

Of course, I’d say serve your favorite flavor. For a party, offer some different options such as:


How do I store decorated ice cream cones?

These cones should be stored only a few days in a covered container. If you are making them for a party,  you can do so up to 2 days in advance. I stored them in plastic containers on the counter. Do not refrigerate because if moisture seeps into the container, they will soften.

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Patriotic Ice Cream Cones

Make ice cream shoppe cones easily at home.
Course Desserts and Sweets
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 cones


  • Rubber Spatula
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Microwave


  • 1 package bright white candy melts
  • 1 package sugar cone ice cream cones
  • Red white and blue nonpareils or sprinkles


  • Melt candy melts according to package directions.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently spread the candy onto the sugar cone.
  • Using a spoon, sprinkle the nonpareils over the candy.
  • Place cone, upside down, on waxed paper to set. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


The cones I purchased had 12 in the package. I was able to make 10 decorated cones with one bag of candy melts.

This post was originally published June 20, 2016 and updated May 15, 2021.

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  1. These would be so much fun with homemade ice cream at our 4th of July hog roast next weekend! Thanks for sharing with us at #celebrate365!

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  3. What a fun idea and such patriotic candy ice cream cones. The red, white and blue sprinkles do look so great against that lovely big scoop of ice cream. What I love about these are that they are so easy to make that anyone could do it, so perfect for even your toddler to get involved in making.

  4. What a fun idea! It is so disappointing when chocolate seizes up like that. I’ll have to make a batch of these for MiMi’s homemade ice cream!

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