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Making a new Christmas treat is one of our favorite Christmas traditions! My daughters and I had so much fun creating ice cream witches, wizards, and turkeys, so trying out a Santa version was a no-brainer. And I think Ole Saint Nick looks truly adorable in ice cream form.

You’ll have as much fun making these easy ice cream Santas as you will eating them.

Oh- and if you’re feelin’ Grinchy, scroll to see how to make an ice cream Santa Grinch!

adorable ice cream Santa

How to Make Ice Cream Santas

Makes about 12 Santas

You’ll Need:

  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Two cookie sheets
  • One 48 fl oz tub ice cream (I used vanilla)
  • Blue gel food coloring tube
  • 1 piping bag filled with vanilla frosting
  • 12 large strawberries (washed and with tops cut)
  • 12 red or pink gummy worms
  • 24 mini marshmallows
  • 1 big can Reddi Whip
  • Kitchen scissors
  • 12 small plates for serving
  • toothpicks (optional)

Note: If you make all 12 Santas at once, you are going to need a lot of empty freezer space!

side view ice cream Santa
  1. Line two cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper. On the first sheet, scoop six large balls of ice cream and place them a couple of inches apart on the parchment paper. Repeat on second cookie sheet.
  2. Freeze the ice cream scoops for 2-3 hours. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP or your wizards will melt before you even make the face!
  3. Using kitchen scissors, cut the end from a red gummy worm for the nose. Then cut two mini marshmallows in half.
  4. Remove one ice cream ball from the freezer and put it on a plate.
  5. Insert the gummy nose in the middle of the face. Add two marshmallow strips for eyebrows and use the other two to make a mustache.
  6. Draw eyes using the blue gel food coloring. A toothpick may come in handy to help guide the gel where you want it.
  7. Squirt whipped cream on the top, back, and sides for hair. Carefully add more cream around the front of the ice cream to make the beard.
  8. Gently press a strawberry on top. Pipe a line of frosting around the base of the strawberry and a little dot at the top of the berry.
  9. Immediately return plate to freezer until serving time.
  10. Repeat steps 3-9 until you’ve made all your Santas!

Feelin’ Grinchy?

ice cream santa Grinch style

Use green ice cream instead. Use yellow gel food coloring for the eyes and insert mini chocolate chips for pupils. Green gel is great for eyebrows and red for the Grinch’s wicked smile. A green gummy worm end works for his nose. Don’t forget his strawberry and frosting Santa hat!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

-Mariah

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