Sweet Sugar Cone Santa Hats can be served with or without ice cream.

Did you know that you can bend store bought sugar cones? Yep, all you need is a microwave. Just heat up a single cone a bit and you can manipulate the cone to look like Santa’s hat. Isn’t that fun? Once you have a bendy ice cream cone, you just dip them in red colored confectionery coating/candy melts and add some white candy coating fur.

They look great served atop some ice cream –

but are also pretty darn cute and tasty all on their own. You can make these a few weeks before Christmas, store them in an airtight container, and they will be ready to serve for Christmas dessert.

Sweet Sugar Cone Santa Hats

You’ll need:
sugar cones (pointed ice cream cones)*
melted red confectionery coating/candy melts or red candy coloring
melted white confectionery coating/candy melts
Supplies Needed:
tall glass wide enough to fit the bent sugar cone (a 2 cup glass measuring cup is great)
spatula or knife

*I tried two different brands of cones and would highly recommend using Joy Sugar Cones as they bent really nicely, Kroger cones were much stiffer and I couldn’t get them bent down as far as I’d like. I’m sure there are other brands that will work great too. Let me know which you like best!


Before you begin, if you don’t have experience melting and/or coloring confectionery coating/candy melts, read my very detailed tutorial here.

Heat one sugar cone at a time in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. The time will vary as each microwave is different. I suggest starting at 10 seconds then you can always heat the ice cream cones for more time if needed. I heated mine in a 1200 watt microwave for 14 seconds and it worked great.

Remove the hot sugar cone and VERY CAREFULLY, bend the tip so that the ice cream cone looks like a flopped over Santa hat. Be sure the seam is to the back side when you bend your sugar cone or it may come apart at the seam.

NOTE: The sugar cones will be hot when they come out of the microwave, so if you have kids helping, you may want to have them wear gloves. I had no trouble bending them without wearing gloves, but my hands are used to working with hot foods.

Pour melted red confectionery coating/candy melts into a tall glass or measuring cup, making sure your bent sugar cones can fit in the opening. Hold onto the open end of your sugar cone and dip it into the red coating, leaving about 1/2 inch around the base un-coated. Once you dip a few, put them in the freezer for 3-5 minutes, just until they set.

TIP: If you dip a lot of Sugar Cone Santa Hats and leave them at room temperature, the candy coating on the first ones that you dipped will begin to harden and you will end up with white spots or streaks on those hats. Dip a few then place them in the freezer!

TIP: Your dipped sugar cones will crack if left in the freezer for too long. Remove after 3-5 minutes – set your timer if necessary!

You can see the Joy Sugar Cones are in the front and have a great Santa hat shape, while the Kroger brand sugar cones are in the back. I much prefer the Sugar Cone Santa Hats made using the Joy cones.

Allow your melted white candy coating to cool and thicken slightly before proceeding, or you’ll melt too much of the red candy coating as you add the white to the hat. Use a small spatula, spoon, or knife, to spread melted white candy coating around the bottom edge of each hat making it look fuzzy by pressing the spatula against the candy coating and pulling the spatula away quickly. Freeze for 1-2 minutes until hardened.

TIPS: Once again, don’t leave these in the freezer too long or your candy coated ice cream cones can crack.

Spread some melted white candy coating all around the tip of each sugar cone Santa hat. Allow it to dry a minute or two, then put on another layer. Put on as many layers as you’d like, then make it look furry by pressing the spatula against the candy coating and pulling the spatula away quickly. Freeze for 1-2 minutes until hardened.

Store your Sugar Cone Santa Hats in an airtight container for up to a few weeks. Serve as is, or on top of a scoop of ice cream.

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  1. says

    oh i just LOVE these Beth! :) who knew cones were microwavable?! as long as they're not metal cones, there good to go i guess-LOL Awesome treat! :)

    • says

      A few days before I made these, my microwave decided it was time to say good-bye. I put some white candy melts in it to melt, and I saw sparks and heard zaps. It was quite a show. I thought maybe I had accidentally put metal inside, but nope there was nothing there but candy coating and a glass bowl. So the microwave will be on the curb in the morning waiting for the trash truck and a shiny new one has taken it's place :)

  2. says

    Great! and very original!
    I am wondering if I can cover them with royal icing, i suppose the taste will not be so good but I canno get candy melts here and I'm not so good at working with chocolate.

    • says

      Hi Msita, I think you could use royal icing, it would just taste different. I'd make the red icing thin enough to either dip the sugar cones into it or pour it over top much like you'd make a petit four. If you make them, I'd love to see how they turn out.

  3. Anonymous says

    These are brilliant as always. It must be fun living in your head. Thanks for another wonderful Holiday craft to eat. Trish (Motheroverkill)

  4. says

    I love this idea…. Im currently trying to make them. It isnt working. The cones arent bendable. I have tried different cooking times. I am using the Kroger ones I didnt remember that you said not to use them. I cant even get a little bend out of them. All thats happening is the cone is being cooked. Any suggestions!!

    • says

      I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble. I did have the same issue with the Kroger cones. I was only able to bend the very tip and if I remember correctly I had to heat them longer than the Joy cones. One thing I did try was to put them upside down in a glass or coffee mug before setting them in the microwave. That way the inside gets heated a bit better. Give that a try.

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