Experience pure dessert bliss with these Ice Cream Stuffed Cannolis. Delight in the perfect harmony of crispy cannoli shells and velvety ice cream creates an irresistible treat that captivates your taste buds.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these irresistible chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis. This delectable dessert combines creamy, cold ice cream with crispy, chocolatey pastry for a delightful treat. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the easy steps of making these mouthwatering cannolis at home, from gathering the ingredients to adding the perfect toppings. Whether you’re hosting a summer party or simply seeking a special indulgence, our chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis will satisfy your cravings.
Gather Your Ingredients
To get started on making your delicious chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. You’ll need cannoli shells, which you can either make at home or buy ready-made ones. You’ll also need your favorite ice cream flavor, as well as some chocolate chips for dipping.
Once you have your cannolis, I recommend keeping the plastic tray they typically come in. You can place your stuffed cannoli in this container to freeze your ice cream treats.
Next, choose your favorite ice cream flavor. Traditional cannolis use vanilla or chocolate ice cream but feel free to get creative and choose a flavor that speaks to you.
Finally, you’ll need the chocolate coating. I used the chocolate candy coating, but you can also use the Magic Shell coating. Another option is to melt chocolate chips and add a little coconut oil to the chocolate for a nice shine, which will also freeze that way.
With all your ingredients ready, it’s time to start making your chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis.
Stuff with Ice Cream
To stuff your cannolis with ice cream, it’s important to choose a flavor that complements the chocolate and pastry. Vanilla and chocolate are classic choices, but feel free to get creative with your favorite ice cream flavors. Ensure the ice cream is softened to make it easier to fill the cannolis.
Using a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off, pipe the softened ice cream into both ends of the cannoli until it’s filled. Then, using a small spoon or an offset spatula, smooth out the ice cream and make sure it’s evenly distributed.
If you do not have a piping bag, you can simply use your hands to fill the cannolis carefully. I recommend using disposable gloves if you take this approach.
Once you’ve filled all your cannolis with ice cream, place them in the freezer for at least an hour to firm up before dipping them in chocolate. This will help keep the ice cream from melting too quickly when dipping it in warm chocolate.
Now that your cannolis are stuffed with ice cream, it’s time to move on to the fun part – dipping them in chocolate and adding your favorite toppings!
Once your cannolis are filled with ice cream, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Dip each cannoli in the melted chocolate, using a spoon or spatula to cover the entire surface. For an extra flourish, sprinkle your favorite toppings on the chocolate while it’s still wet. Some of those toppings include:
- Nut topping
- Toffee Pieces
- Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Pistachios
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Freeze Dried Strawberries
- Freeze Dried Marshmallows
- Chopped Peanut Butter Chocolate Piece
Once you’ve added your desired toppings, place the cannolis back in the freezer to let the chocolate harden and the ice cream firm up.
In just a few simple steps, you’ve created a delectable cannolis dessert that’s sure to impress. Chill your cannolis until you’re ready to serve, and enjoy the delicious combination of creamy ice cream, crunchy cannoli shells, and rich chocolate.
You can even do the same thing if you prefer the traditional cannolis filling.
How to Make Traditional Cannoli Filling
For those who prefer a classic twist on the traditional cannoli dessert, the authentic cannoli filling is the way to go. Here is a traditional recipe for cannoli filling:
- 2 cups of whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Orange zest or lemon zest (optional for a citrusy touch)
To prepare the filling, combine the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and citrus zest in a mixing bowl. Use a whisk or electric mixer to blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pipe the cannoli filling in each cannoli as normal and follow the recipe by freezing the filling until ready for dipping.
Chill and Serve
After you’ve finished adding your desired toppings, giving your cannolis some time to chill and set is important. Place them back in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to ensure the chocolate has hardened and the ice cream has firmed up.
Once your cannolis are chilled and ready to serve, you can take them out of the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes before serving. This will make it easier to bite into the crunchy shell and enjoy the creamy ice cream filling.
Whether you’re serving these at a dinner party or just indulging in a sweet treat for yourself, the chilled cannolis are sure to delight your taste buds. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious combination of textures and flavors these chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis offer.
This chocolate-dipped ice cream stuffed cannolis dessert is a simple and satisfying dessert everyone will love. Whether you follow my recipe or create your unique twist, the result is guaranteed to be delicious, and you will feel as though you are on the Island of Sicily in a single bite.
Commonly Asked Questions
Sure! Here is a simple homemade cannoli recipe, you’ll need cannoli shells, which can be made from scratch using a dough mixture of all-purpose flour, sugar, butter, and white wine. Roll out the cannoli dough with a rolling pin, cut it into circles with a cutter, and wrap them around metal cannoli mold tubes. Fry the shells until golden brown, remove them from oil with tongs, then carefully remove the tubes once they cool. Here is a good recipe with step-by-step visuals that may be helpful.
While ricotta cheese is the traditional choice for cannoli filling, you can experiment with substitutions like mascarpone cheese or a combination of cream cheese and whipped cream for a different flavor and texture.
When properly stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, these cannolis can stay frozen for up to 1-2 months. Freezing helps preserve their freshness and allows you to enjoy them at a later time.
If you like ice cream treat recipes like this, you will enjoy the recipes below:
- Drumstick Ice Cream Cake
- Snickers Ice Cream Cake
- Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie
- Birthday Ice Cream Cake
- Mississippi Mud Ice Cream Cake