Curious George Ice Cream & DIY Edible Eyes

We recently ordered Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop from my son's book club at school.  Curious George visits the new ice cream shop in town.  Of course, his curiosity gets him in trouble when he starts making his own ice cream creations.  Fortunately, he also brings in lots of new business for the place!  We read this book six times in a row!

(Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise would also be a great book to go along with this treat!)

I made some monkey ice cream cones to go along with the book.  They're made from chocolate ice cream, vanilla wafers, food coloring, and edible eyes.

I actually have a stash of edible eyes now, which I love!  If you make your own, you can make them any size and they're a lot cheaper than buying them.  They aren't quite as perfect, but I actually like them better that way.

I started with a tutorial from Instructables, but then of course, I made them even easier.  I'm terrible at following directions. 
Start with a small batch of royal icing.  I used Wilton's Meringue Powder and this recipe scaled to 16 servings because I thought it was safer than using uncooked egg whites.  Pipe small dots of icing onto sheets of wax paper and let harden.
Can you tell I'm not a perfectionist?  My husband would've had those things evenly spaced and lined up in neat little rows.
If you're doing larger eyes, make sure you space them far enough apart as they'll spread a little.
I let them dry overnight.  (This was the hardest part because my 3 year old kept begging to eat them.) I used a dot of black food coloring for the pupil.  I actually used a cotton swab to stamp it on there.
That's it!  They stick slightly to the wax paper so instead of pulling them all off, I cut the waxed paper to fit inside airtight containers so they'll stay put.  These will last a very long time if they don't come into contact with grease or moisture.
If you decide to make some, I'd love to hear how it goes and what you use them for!
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  1. Your monkey ice-cream is adorable. You are so patient to make all those little eyes! They look great.

  2. Love it! I've made eyes in the past using fondant, but this looks a lot easier.

  3. I agree that your monkey is super cute! What an amazing amount of eyes!

  4. we love curious george! what a great idea for a birthday party or playdate! thanks for linking it up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  5. What a super cute idea! I love that for a party idea!

  6. How cute! I could use this for alot of little things! So glad you linked this to Things I've Done Thursday!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and supporting us :D.

    I thought I would drop by and say that I love this and will be featuring it this week.

  8. So awesome! Pinning this! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  9. Oh my, those monkey cones are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with Tuesday Tots!

  10. Hahaha How many icecreams are you planning on making, that is a ton of edible eyes you have there!
    Thanks for linking to kids co-op

  11. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on DIY Thrifty've been featured! Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button! :) Hope to see you again this week at


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