I saw this fun idea for an ice cream treat one hungry night while watching Everyday Italian. These are a perfect little dessert for the whole family. Get your kids in on the making of these ice cream pops. They will love dipping the ice cream balls into the chocolate and nuts. Add other toppings that you think might be good too!
Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Pops
First you will need some vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips for melting, chopped nuts – mine are walnuts, ice cream scoop, and popsicle sticks. Giada uses hazelnuts and fancier vanilla ice cream, but the effect is still the same.
Scoop out your desired number of ice cream balls and put on a plate. (You are supposed to put the plate of ice cream balls back into the freezer to get frozen again, but I have absolutely no room in my freezer – time to clean it out.) Because I didn’t re-freeze my ice cream, I had to shape them with my hands to put on the stick. I made sure to wash my hands first. Don’t you love how the food shows always make sure to show that they washed their hands, so I took a picture of me doing it too :)
Then once your popsicle stick is in the ice cream (preferably re-frozen again), dip it into the melted chocolate. Next, dip it into the nuts. If you wait too long to dip it in nuts, the chocolate will harden, not letting the nuts stick. We made a few without nuts, as I am not a big fan of nuts in my ice cream. Now place the plate of Ice Cream Pops back into the freezer until you are ready to eat them.
We ate these ice cream pops right away, but I am planning to make some more for my Book Club that I am hosting tomorrow. A yummy homemade ice cream treat.
Just keep them in your freezer until ready to serve! Don’t they look incredibly delicious?
Very cool. But, how did you melt the chocolate? Just with a double boiler? Did you mix it shortening or butter?
hi any body knows hod to dipp ice cream in hot chocolate, but i am not talking ice pops i talking about mini fancy ice cream, i dont want that the ice cream get mold
Sylvia – Hmmm. I’m wondering if your ice cream was too soft. When I did this, my ice cream was very cold when I scooped it, then dipped it, and the chocolate was not hardened until I placed them back into the freezer.
I hope that helps. Good luck!
I attempted the dipped pops but the chocolate would not stick it just slid off the ice cream.
I apologize for my husband, Charles. He has misappropriated “chiffonade’s” screen name and is slandering her all over the internet. He’s not well.
I absolutely love your website. I love the creative ideas you have and the ideas that you share.
I’m making these Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Balls tonight! I’m 34 weeks pregnant and this sounds like the perfect treat!
Joanne – I love those ideas. You can go crazy. Mint would be delish!
Hayley – You are super nice. I promise that I am not that great with my kids. There are lots of “TV days” going on at my house. This blog has helped me be more creative with them, it forces me to get off my duff and be crafty. I really try to get them to play with the millions of toys they have. Then usually once a day, I try to come up with some sort of “project” for us to do, whether it is cooking a treat or doing a craft. I hope you will use these ideas, that is why I do it.
Megan – this is a great way to use your old christmas candy. Just crush it up and dip.
chiffOnade – I don’t like nuts either. So I made sure to dip plenty of them without any!
Lindsay – Good idea with the soy. I love soy ice cream.
DeeDee – You’re welcome.
Jessie – I love Giada too. She can be a little cheesy with her description for food, but I love the camera work for Everyday Italian. It makes the food look good enough to eat right through the TV.
Steph – Sorry, it is not Trader Joes. If I went to Cali as often as you guys, maybe I would have some stocked up. I need to put in an order next time you go.
I hope you’re using Trader Joe’s milk chocolate! If not, don’t even bother. That looks delish. I’m going to use that for a YW treat and let the girls garnish it themselves. Nice!
I was just about to make this — I absolutely love Giada. She always has such simple, fresh, beautiful dishes that don’t sacrifice the authenticity of italian cuisine.
…and chocolate w/ hazelnut has to be the best food combination in history!
– Jessie –
ps. lovely blog!
Those look so yummy! Thanks for putting me as the blog of the week! As always, I love your blog!
Yummie! I’ll have to try this w/ soy ice-cream and soy chocolate chips – I bet Mack would love it! Maybe once the weather get’s warmer, though – you must be pregnant, or something :) …
Well, as everyone on the internet knows, I am a Italian immigrant and a PROFESSIONAL CHEF who was educated at Peter Kump’s Culinary School in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY. First, I do NOT think Giada De Laurentiis knows SQUAT about real Italian cooking (although she is a wee bit smarter than Shamdra Lee). Just because they BOTH have big boobs, that does NOT make them good cooks.
I have to tell you, I like ice cream and so does my new 437-pound boyfriend “BIG BEAR”. Of course, he lost all of his teeth by using METH, so he has to eat a LOT of ice cream. He also likes pretzels soaked in beer so they are soft and he can eat them.
If I put nuts on Big Bear’s ice cream, he would probably throw me against the wall of our rented trailer house here in Clearwater. You see, I have to be careful.
Anyway, I think your post was really neat, and if the Bear ever goes on a fishing trip or something, I am going to make some of those ice cream pops for my girlfriends here in the trailer park.
we both must have summer on the mind. I would rather have ice cream than hot chocolate lately. I love this idea. I am going to try it. My kiddos will love it. I now know what I am going to do with all the christmas candy we need to use.
i just LOVE your site! i look at it every day to find fun things to do with my 2 little boys. i don’t know how you have time to come up with all these fun ideas. i’m always at a loss for fund creative things to do with the kids, so they usually end up playing with their toys (that they are so bored with) or watching tv. i feel like such a bad mom sometimes for letting them just veg-out in front of the tv. but, now that i’ve discovered your site, they have lots of fun things to do with me. so, how do you have time for all of it?! please let me in on any tips or secrets you have up your sleave. you seem to have it all together. i’m thinking of making up a dailly schedule with time scheduled for the kids like crafts, games, reading. what do you think? thanks for your help, hayley
Wow-you can totally go crazy with the variations too. White chocolate and crushed mint, chocolate with sprinkles, those little sugar confettis and confetti hearts, the possibilities are endless.
Quick and easy. Thanks.