Ice Cream Turtle Recipe
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Ice Cream Turtle Recipe

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I found this recipe in an old magazine and thought it would be perfect to make for my grandson's birthday. It was so cute and my grandson loved it.—Joanne Wright, Niles, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 chocolate-covered coconut candy bars (1-3/4 ounces each)
  • 12 vanilla or white chips
  • 6 ice cream waffle bowls
  • 6 scoops ice cream of your choice
  • 24 pecan halves
  • 2 chocolate licorice twists, cut into thirds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 304 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 88 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Cut a third off each candy piece, reserving large ends for turtle heads (save small ends for another use). Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill with frosting. On each turtle head, secure two vanilla chips with frosting to resemble eyes. Pipe a dot in the center of each chip for pupil; pipe frosting over top of chips for eyelids. Pipe a turtle shell pattern onto waffle bowls; set aside.
  2. Place a scoop of ice cream on each serving plate. Working quickly, position four pecan halves around each scoop for feet; press slightly to secure.
  3. Press a licorice piece into ice cream for tail. Place waffle bowl over ice cream, making sure feet and tail show. Position head at opposite end of tail. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 desserts.
Originally published as Ice Cream Turtle in Country Woman May/June 2005, p24

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"Love this! Turned out so cute, added my own touches and loved every little bit."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"This is so cute! To Ethel24 and Bapomalley11, use your imagination just a bit if you need to and a cup of frosting is more than enough to pipe the design onto the "turtle shell" and eyelids on the eyes. You could pipe the frosting on the waffle bowls first and then place them over the ice cream so that you don't have a puddle of ice cream on your plate."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"This sounds great but the complete list of ingredients are not included."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"this is adorable and I am anxious to try but there is no mention of how much chocolate frosting is needed"

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