Just because you don’t want to do any baking, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still make some easy and fun Halloween treats. I got the idea for these chocolate-covered witch hats when we had an unexpected mini-heat wave and I found myself reaching for ice cream rather than for a piece of cake as an afternoon treat. The hats are easy to make and start out with a simple sugar cone and some chocolate.
To make these, put a piece of wax or parchment paper down on a small plate or cutting board. Melt some chocolate – dark, milk or semisweet – in a small bowl, using about 2-ounces per cone. It is easier to spread the chocolate onto the cones with a butter knife or an offset spatula because the shape of the cones would require a deep bowl for dipping and you would probably end up wasting a lot of chocolate. Spread the melted chocolate generously onto the cone and set it open-side-down on your wax paper. Spoon some chocolate around the rim of the cone to make a hat brim, then chill the cones in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hard.
When the hats have set, you can either fill them with ice cream and serve immediately, or fill them with ice cream and put them back in the freezer to firm up again before serving. They need to be served hat-side-up, so be sure to get plenty of ice cream down inside the cone to hold everything together when they’re picked up to be eaten!
If it’s too cold in your area to warrant ice cream at this time of year, use these cones to top off some Halloween cupcakes or to decorate a full-sized sheet cake.