Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Strawberry Shortcones

Strawberry Shortcones - a fun mix between a shortcake and an ice cream cone - 
the perfect summer treat!

Now that it's summer, my kids ask for ice cream pretty much daily. (I have no idea where they get their sweet tooth from.....certainly not me!) In their minds, ice cream is something we should always have, end of story. The reality, of course, is that sometimes we have it, and sometimes we don't. So what's a mom to do when her kiddos are desperate for ice cream and there's none to be had? Easy! Use frozen Cool Whip instead!

I actually always store my Cool Whip in the freezer - not only does it keep better, but I like it better that way! So when I found myself in a "no ice cream" situation the other day, I knew just what to do. I'd be lying if I said my kids weren't skeptical...but only until they tasted it! And then they realized it was sweet, smooth, cold, and creamy - an awful lot like ice cream! And a new obsession was born.

Cool Whip cones quickly became their new favorite treat, to the point where they were asking for them multiple times a day! And then we realized that we could really have some fun with them. Because Cool Whip doesn't harden like ice cream when it's frozen, the cones are more like soft serve - the perfect consistency for all kinds of toppings! So we started dipping them in sprinkles and coconut, crushed Oreos and nuts. And then came the strawberries.

Strawberries were clearly the best topping of all, and I immediately knew why. The result is so much like strawberry shortcake, only without the cake! And who in their right mind doesn't love strawberry shortcake?
So I ditched all the other toppings and decided to focus on the strawberries....and that's when this fun idea came about. Strawberry shortcakes, in a cone. Strawberry Shortcones!

I'm pretty sure if you asked my kids, they'd take a Strawberry Shortcone over an ice cream cone any day! Don't believe me? Try it with your kids and you'll see what I mean!

Strawberry Shortcones
1 box cake cones
1 large tub Cool Whip, frozen
1 lb. fresh strawberries

1. Fill each cone with a dollop of Cool Whip and a strawberry (cut as needed to fit)
2. Scoop frozen Cool Whip onto cone and top with a strawberry.


Love strawberries? Be sure to check out some more of my strawberry deliciousness!

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  1. What a fun and easy dessert, sounds delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. What a fun idea! I always freeze cool whip but I never thought of serving it like this.

  3. You're a total genius. I'm doing that more often! I love Cool Whip because I can buy it fat free!

  4. MMM, my kind of dessert. But then what isn't. I think you were destined to have a sweet tooth with the two parents who raised you. Sorry.


  5. Great idea Cathy! Who needs ice cream, when you have Cool Whip in the freezer (I have at least two)! I can't believe I never thought of this!

  6. These are so fun! My kids would love these!

  7. These are awesome and I love Cool Whip in the freezer. That's where all mine is too!

  8. When I was a kid, I loved frozen Cool Whip. Now that I'm vegan, I make Rich's Whip and freeze that. Equally amazing. This is an adorable and delicious idea.

  9. OMG Why have I never thought of this???!!! My two little boys also ask for ice cream daily (of course they want it in a cone) and I always freak out because I don't want it getting all over my floors. This is the perfect solution to give my boys the ice cream they want and keep my carpets clean! YES!!! Totally trying this tomorrow! Thanks Cathy!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  10. Yum! Perfect for strawberry season! I store it in the freezer too, and my kiddies would love this to mix it up a bit!

  11. I absolutely LOVE this idea, Cathy!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing! ;) Pinned!! Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend, friend!

  12. so cute - my kids would gobble these up! LOVE - saw you at Life on Lakeshore Drive:)

    Would love it if you came over and linked up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a Cape! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-4/ It's live now come on over!

  13. Hello Cathy! coming from the WCFS's party, this looks amazing...I love strawberries! Thank you so much for sharing such a creative way to have them!, Lizy

  14. This looks amazing!!! We would love it if you would link up at our We Scream For Ice Cream linky party/giveaway:
    Live the whole month of July.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

  15. These are a really cute idea! I don't eat cool whip, so I'd use fresh whipped cream. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Great idea! These are super cute, I think I'll make them for the kiddos!

  17. I love ideas like this - thanks for sharing!

  18. These are too cute! Pinning, and thanks for sharing!

  19. Cute and tasty idea. We are featuring everything ice cream today at Saturday Dishes. These would be a hit. Hope you will bring them over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa


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