During the holiday season, the weather outside may be frightful, but really, can any weather make creamy, delicious ice cream NOT delightful? The real stars of this easy dessert are the vanilla candy snowflakes on top! With the “snowflakes” made in advance, you can whip up a pretty dessert as fast as snowflakes fly and even the snowballs can be made ahead! Ice Cream Snowballs with Vanilla Candy Snowflakes will have you singing “Walking in A Winter Wonderland!” hmmm, maybe that’s just me? I love that song!
My grandmother used to make ice cream “snowballs” for me when I was a little girl and I thought it was the BEST thing since sliced bread! Simply scoop out ice cream, any flavor you like, into balls and roll them in coconut. Tint the coconut different colors if you want to. You can make the ice cream snowballs up to 12 hours before serving; just pile them in a big bowl, cover with plastic wrap and pop in the freezer! I used my favorite French vanilla ice cream.
As soon as I saw this new, 3-D stand-up snowflake candy mold from Wilton at JoAnn, I knew immediately we could take my childhood snowball dessert and kick it up a few notches! These are the easiest candies to mold. Simply melt your CandiQuik or candy melts, pour into the molds, tap to remove any air bubbles and chill. I used vanilla. Unmold gently onto paper towels. There’s a left and a right side; the pieces slide together and the snowflakes stand up. Way cool! (No pun intended!) They’re not super fragile, but don’t use too much gusto putting them together. If a piece breaks, just throw back in the pot and re-melt it. No waste!
Now, these snowflakes are just beautiful all on their own. It’s me, though. Am I ever going to leave anything unembellished?! It’s the holidays; let’s really make these snowflakes shine! Grab a candy paintbrush, some melted candy coating and some edible “trim”. I attached sugar pearls with dots of melted CandiQuick. “Paint” the snowflake edges with melted candy and sprinkle with coarse sugar – I used white and blue. Let set until dry and gently brush off any stray sugar. Really, the candy sky is the snowflake limit! You can make the snowflakes and store them in a covered container for weeks.
To serve, place the ice cream snowball in a dessert glass or a holiday mug. Gently press down the top a little bit with the back of a spoon so it’s flat and again, gently, press your snowflake on top. The whole family will love this! Don’t you think it’s even pretty enough for a dinner party?
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