Last Minute Graduation Treat for Kids

School’s out for summer! Looking for a super quick and easy way to make a special treat for the graduates in your household? With just a few candies, a regular ice cream cone can be turned into this smiling silly grad!

what you need:

  • Ice cream
  • Ice cream cone
  • Two eyeball sprinkles
  • Shoelace licorice
  • Licorice all-sorts
  • Candy melts (to match all-sorts)


Last Minute Graduation Treat for Kids

Step 1
Begin by warming the candy melts in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between, until it’s smooth and melted completely. Spread a thin layer of the candy melts onto a piece of parchment paper on a plate, keeping it as smooth as possible. Place in the fridge to harden.

Note: We used a yellow licorice all-sort (and matching yellow candy melts) for the grad cap here, but you can use whatever candy you have on hand! Almost anything works as the base of the cap: gumdrops, peanut butter cups, or jujubes are perfect! Whatever candy you choose, make sure you have matching colored candy melts to go along with it.

Last Minute Graduation Treat for Kids

Step 2
Once the candy melt has hardened, use a knife to carefully cut it into a square that’s about twice as wide as your licorice all-sort. Warm up any leftover candy melt in the microwave again and apply a small dab onto one side of the all-sort and stick this to the center of the candy melt square. Let harden in the fridge for a few minutes.

Step 3
Gather your other candies so you have them handy before you start scooping ice cream. We used the eyeball-shaped sprinkles here, but plain round ones work too! Similarly, the mouth can be made of nearly any candy you have on hand, even a round one for a surprised looking grad!

Last Minute Graduation Treat for Kids

Step 4
Scoop your ice cream into your cone – we used strawberry. Stick the grad cap onto the top of the ice cream, like you would a cherry. Place the two eyes and mouth on the front and voila! You’ve got a silly little graduate ice cream ready to go!

Last Minute Graduation Treat for Kids

If the grads in your house are fudgsicle fans, you could do the same idea on those too – just take a look at these funny-faced fudgiscles in the blog archives!

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