Pretzel Ice Cream & How to Make Choc-Tops!

Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


How best to describe this pretzel ice cream? All I can say is that right now, I can’t think of any other flavour. I’m in that first flush of love with this pretzel ice cream, and as Seinfeld might say, we’re hot and heavy.


But obviously, don’t tell pretzel ice cream that.


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


Why is it so good? It’s the combination of salt and sweet, but taken to the nth degree. That almost-burnt pretzel taste gives the ice cream a heavy bass note, and then the salt kicks in, followed by all the sweet creaminess of the ice cream.


I couldn’t have been more shocked by the overwhelming deliciousness of this ice cream flavour. I don’t know what else I can say other than MAKE IT. DON’T DELAY!


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


And if you want to really blow minds (as if PRETZEL ice cream wasn’t enough) you take that ice cream, and you turn it into a Choc-Top! Have you heard of choc-tops? I’m not sure if they’re a thing outside of Australia.


They’re just a boring old sugar cone, filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate. Sure, they’re not exactly gourmet, but they are a movie-going tradition here.  We also have drumsticks, but that’s not really the same thing.


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


It turns out that making choc-tops at home is super easy, and they kick the absolute crap out of the ones they sell at the movies. You get that melt-in the mouth layer of dark chocolate, the crunch of little salty pretzel pieces and sweet waffle cone (no sugar cones here, please), all followed by the deep, delicious pretzelly-ness of the ice cream.


And on top of  all of that, the actual assembly of the things is a cinch.


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


You literally scoop the ice cream, pop it into a cone, pressing down gently, then dip it in the chocolate coating (just chocolate and coconut oil), sprinkle on your pretzel pieces and then leave them in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up….or not.


So tell me, would you try pretzel ice cream? IT’S SO GOOD, I know you would love it. And what’s your favourite cinema snack?


xx Sarah.


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


Pretzel Ice Cream and How to Make Choc-Tops! | The Sugar Hit


Pretzel Ice Cream & How to Make Choc-Tops!
The most delicious ice cream of all time, dipped in chocolate and packed into a waffle cone. AKA, movie snack heaven.
Serves: 6
For the ice cream:
  • 3 cups (300g) pretzels, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 cups (250ml) milk
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 1 + ½ tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 + ¼ cup cream
  • ⅔ cup (155g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp liquid glucose (or corn syrup)
To assemble the choc tops:
  • 6 waffle cones
  • 4 oz (100g) dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup (85ml) coconut oil
  • crushed pretzels
  1. The day before you want to assemble your cones, make the ice cream.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F/170C.
  3. Crush the pretzels lightly in your hands and spread them out on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until your kitchen smells like pretzels, and the pretzels themselves are slightly darkened.
  4. Place the pretzels into a mixing bowl and pour over the milk. Leave to steep, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. The milk will take on a light beige colour.
  5. Remove about two tablespoons of the steeped milk, and place it in a small bowl, with the cornstarch. Stir them together well.
  6. Strain the remaining milk into a saucepan, and discard the soaked pretzels. Clean out the bowl and put the cream cheese into it, whisking until smooth.
  7. Add the cream, sugar and glucose to the saucepan with the milk, and bring to the boil. Boil for four minutes, and then remove from the heat, and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, or until thickened.
  8. Pour the ice cream, bit by bit, into the bowl with the cream cheese, whisking as you go, to make sure there are no lumps.
  9. Chill the ice cream base completely in the fridge, and then churn in your ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Freeze overnight.
  10. When you're ready to assemble the cones, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl together in the microwave. I do this on high for 20 seconds at a time, stirring between bursts.
  11. Pour the melted mixture into a container with tall sides, that is just wide enough to fit your cones (a small drinking glass like I use in the picture above is perfect).
  12. Working one cone at a time, scoop a healthy portion of ice cream and pack it gently but firmly into your cone. Dip the cone, ice cream first, into the chocolate mixture, making sure to fully immerse the ice cream. Quickly remove the ice cream from the chocolate, and immediately sprinkle on your crushed pretzels. Place the cone into a jug or glass to keep it upright, and pop it into the freezer straight away. Continue until all the ice cream and cones are used up! You might have a little chocolate left over - perfect to dunk pretzels into if ya nasty.



  1. Totally blows my mind!! Pretzels? Ice cream? And crunchy chocolate? YES YES YES.

    Here we call choc-tops “dip” for example chocolate dip/cherry dip, sometimes it is called magic shell! I think I like choc top best, though!

    • We have magic shell here, but it’s called ‘ice magic’. LOL – that kind of stuff is endlessly hilarious to me.

  2. I’m a spokesperson for the “We need to get back to work” Society, and I just want to ban you from taking any more pictures. ;-) You’re awesome Sarah!

  3. AAAHHHH this is amazing in so many ways. My mind is blown.

  4. Heck to the yess!!!! This is my kind of ice cream and chocolate dipped all the way!

  5. Pretzel ice cream? YES! This sounds like the ultimate sweet & salty combination! I have never heard of a choc-top, but the name makes it pretty obvious what they are. I also think the crumbled pretzels in the chocolate coating are a much better idea than the typical peanuts in a drumstick!

  6. Giiiiirl. I am so into this pretzel ice cream situation. Seriously, in love.

  7. The whole thing sounds insanely good from the salty and sweet aspect of the ice cream with pretzels to the choc tops! Love coconut oil! pinned

  8. I’m loving these flavor combinations! We totally have chocolate dips for cones but they aren’t called Choc Tops. That name is way cooler :)

  9. You had me at pretzel! Amazing!

  10. First: delicious! Second: lovely! Third: love how y’all call them choc tops. We say magic shell, for some reason. Choc tops is way better. Fourth: I LOVE LOVE LOVE that photo of you holding the cone. I’m so into photos of people holding food and eating food. You know this. I’m crazy. :)

  11. OMG!!! I just can’t even. Between these and Molly’s choco tacos…I’m going to be eating ice cream from now until kingdom come. And loving every second.

  12. This summer has been pretty trying in terms of all these amazing ice cream recipes and me with no ice cream maker!

    And love the choc tops we used to get ice cream called ‘cornettos’ that were the same idea…but it was pre packaged and not pretzel flavored soooo you win!

    • YES! We have cornettos here too! But yeah, pretzel ice cream kicks their ass!

  13. CHOC TOPS!! holy good lord i love this. i had no idea a lil choco top would be coconut oil and chocolate … very excited to try this out, perfect for my coneheadclub hashtag! ^__^

  14. Again, I think we should totally hook up. Pretzels are my thing and so it sweet and salty. This ice cream is basically perfect. Oh, so perfect.

  15. This my kind of ice cream- salty and sweet!

  16. I think I might even attempt to “Double-Top” my pretzelled-cones. Who doesn’t need more chocolate? :D

  17. Ice cream with dark chocolate and salty pretzels? big yes for me! I LOVED chocolate covered pretzels when they’ve been sold here in the Czech Republic (unfortunately a long time ago and for a very short time… such a shame!) . your ice cream look insanely delicious!

    • I would love to go to the Czech republic one day – your food sounds pretty incredible!

  18. Look at how cute you are, with your sassy glasses and bangs! More self-portraits with food, please! And I don’t know if we have official “choc tops,” but I am all about that name and am starting a letter-writing campaign to get them to come to the US immediately.

  19. ohh you’re such a qtpie.
    And this looks pretty effing delicious.

  20. I love your blog! You have the most creative recipes and beautiful pictures to go with them. I made this ice cream today and I (and my whole family) can see why you are so crazy about it!

    • Thank you so much, Indie! I am so glad you tried the ice cream recipe! As you could tell from the post, I am BONKERS about it, so I’m so happy you liked it!

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