Flat-bottom ice cream cone
Ice cream, frosting, candies, cupcakes, or other cone fillers
Cookie or rice cake
Red frosting or a red, edible marker
Cereal piece, such as a Kix or Trix
When kids are coming to a party I like to make them smile. If you’ll be having children over for a Cinco de Mayo party, and you want to see those brilliant smiles, make sombrero characters. They’re edible, silly, and definitely delicious. You can make them with foods that you choose so you’ll be able to have exactly what you want. The characters, made of ice cream cones and other goodies, can be desserts, snacks, or even party favors.
Cinco de Mayo sombrero characters look like little people that are cute and festive. Make the body for one of the characters by using a flat-bottom ice cream cone. You can fill the cone with ice cream if you’ll be serving it right away. Otherwise, choose from other fillers, such as cake and frosting, a cupcake, mini muffins, crumbled brownies, soft baked cookie pieces, whip cream, pudding, and/or candies.
No matter what you fill the ice cream cone with, spread a bit of frosting around the top edge, and use it as glue for a cookie. The cookie will be used to make the sombrero and the frosting will hold the cookie in place. The best cookie choice is one that is round, and flat on both sides, such as a packaged shortbread cookie. Decorate it by making some frosting zigzags around the sides or by creating your own design. Another choice for the sombrero is to use a rice cake.
A colored marshmallow makes the perfect centerpiece of the sombrero. Put a bit of frosting on the bottom of the marshmallow and set it in the center of the cookie. Colored marshmallows aren’t all that vibrant, so if you want an even bolder color, use edible markers to color the marshmallow any color that you like.
Make the face of the Cinco de Mayo character by using candy eyes. Frosting works great to glue them in place, on the widest part of the cone, near the top. Use a round cereal piece, such as a Kix or a Trix piece, for the nose. The mouth can be made by putting a bit of red frosting on the cone. For the mustache, Tootsie Rolls are perfect. Flatten two of them, and shape them, then use frosting to attach the mustache halves to the ice cream cone.
Cinco de Mayo sombrero characters are so adorable, extremely delicious, and very easy to make. Sure, the kids will love them, but make some for the adults, too.