13 Classic Ice Cream Truck Treats You Can Make At Home

Don’t just wait around listening for that jingle. Take matters into your own hands.

1. Homemade Choco Tacos

Molly Yeh / food52.com

This recipe is probably the most doable for a home cook (you just cook the “taco” batter in a skillet) but if you want to come even closer to authentic Choco perfection (and happen to own a pizzelle iron), try this waffley variation.

2. Homemade Chipwiches

Audra Fullerton / the-baker-chick.com

There’s something about that exterior wall of mini chips that just evokes deep, meaningful emotions in me. Get the recipe.

3. Homemade Chocolate-Dip Ice Cream Bars

Vicky Wasik / seriouseats.com

Once you master a basic magic shell/chocolate dip sauce, the world is your ice-cream-on-a-stick oyster. You don’t even need fancy molds; a Dixie cup works perfectly. Get the recipe.

4. Homemade Firecracker Popsicles

Michelle Norris / browneyedbaker.com

These are made with strawberries and blueberries, but feel free to swap in any appropriately red and purple fruit you like. Because this is AMERICA, goddammit. Get the recipe.

5. Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

You can definitely use storebought vanilla and strawberry ice cream instead of making your own. The important part is the crumblies, anyway. Get the recipe.

6. Homemade King Cones

Vicky Wasik / seriouseats.com

This recipe actually turns out something a little closer to a Drumstick, aesthetically, but who’s complaining about extra chocolate and nuts? Get the recipe.

7. Homemade Fudgesicles

Deb Perelman / smittenkitchen.com

These are super simple to make: Just melt chocolate chips with a few other ingredients and freeze in any shape molds you like. Get the recipe.

8. Homemade Klondike Bars

Michell Norris / browneyedbaker.com

I can hardly even *bear* to look at that crackly chocolate beauty. Get the recipe.

9. Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

A big, thin sheet cake cut into rectangles yields the kind of squishy, stick-to-your-fingers chocolate exterior that distinguishes a truly classic I.C.S. Get the recipe.

10. Homemade Fruit Bomb Pops

These have a serious edge on the kind you can buy in that they involve real fruit, rather than fruit-inspired chemicals. Get the recipe.

11. Homemade Caramel Magnum Bars (Vegan)

Buffy Gill / begoodorganics.com

You can feel free to de-veganize these by using regular vanilla ice cream and caramel, if you prefer. Get the recipe.

12. Homemade Creamsicles

Emma Chapman / abeautifulmess.com

These don’t quite replicate the magical orange shell + creamy interior (if you can figure out how to make that work, you will be a hero to mankind). But that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious. Get the recipe.

13. Homemade Cookie Butter Drumsticks

Shawn Syphus / iwashyoudry.com

These are full of cookie butter ice cream. I repeat, these are filled with cookie butter ice cream. (Although you should feel free to swap in your favorite storebought flavor if you don’t have an ice cream maker). Get the recipe.

Bonus: Homemade Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Karen Howard / instructables.com

It may not come from a truck, but you know you want it. The fluffy frosting! The crunchy bits! It’s all here. Assembling this will take a while, since you have to pause to re-freeze the cake at multiple stages, but it’s WORTH IT. Here’s how to make it.

Even more serious over-achievers can try this borderline-insane but gorgeous ice cream cake recipe on Smitten Kitchen that uses all homemade ingredients.

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