4th of July Treat – Uncle Sam Ice Cream Cones

This is a great, no-bake dessert that you can make with your kids! I did not come up with this idea (although I wish I had), but the original article is listed here. Here’s how you make it (my revision):


Photo courtesy of spoonful.com


  • Wafer ice cream cones (as many as needed)
  • Vanilla ice cream (any brand)
  • White frosting (can be store-bought or homemade)
  • Blue fruit leather
  • Red and blue decorating gels (found in your local supermarket or specialty bake store)
  • Red and blue M&M’s
  • Canister of ready-made whipped cream (while homemade is great, you need a canister that’s under pressure that will release the whipped cream to make Uncle Sam’s “beard”.


  1. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a plate and return it to the freezer to harden. Meanwhile, construct an Uncle Sam hat out of a wafer ice cream cone.
  2. Smear frosting around the bottom of the cone to attach a blue band of fruit leather . Squirt vertical stripes of red decorating gel down the sides and blue gel on the top.
  3. Using a star tip, squirt on white frosting stars around the blue fruit leather, if desired. If you don’t have a star tip, take a zip lock bag, fill with frosting, cut off the tip of one corner of the bag, now you can pipe dots. TIP: To avoid smudging the Uncle Sam hat design, have your child hold the cone from the inside while decorating it with fruit leather and icing.
  4. Remove the ice cream-scoop “head” from the freezer and top with the Uncle Sam hat. Working quickly so the ice cream doesn’t melt, add blue M&M’s eyes and a red M&M’s nose. Finally, add a whipped cream beard. To do this, have your child hold the canister upside down while squirting on a long white beard.
  5. Serve immediately.

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