Thipi Treats Activity

Written on 01/28/2021

If you live in a climate without snow or just prefer to be inside, other opportunities present themselves for us to enjoy with families. Consider making these sugar cone teepees, also spelled tepees, thipis and tipis! Four ingredients are all there is for this fun activity you can do with your children. And who knows? It may become your new favorite tradition!


  • Ice cream sugar cones
  • Milk chocolate morsels or chocolate almond bark
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Sprinkles or candies of your choosing

Note that specific amounts are not added per ingredient. You can decide how many you will be making and how much detail you want on each!


  1. Line a baking pan with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Break pretzel sticks in half for each ice cream cone. You will also need one whole pretzel stick for each cone. These will be placed at the top. Set aside.
  3. Carefully cut the point of each ice cream cone, removing about ½ inch, allowing enough room for one pretzel stick to pass through the opening. Set ice cream cones aside.
  4. In the microwave, melt the milk chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl on high in 30 second increments, stirring well between each cycle and giving special care not to overheat the candy. 
  5. Dip the large opening of each ice cream cone into the melted chocolate about 1/4 inch. Drop sprinkles or candies onto the chocolate ring, gently pressing them into place. Immediately place the ice cream cone on the waxed paper to cool.
  6. To assemble the top, dip a whole pretzel stick into the melted chocolate about halfway. Without removing the cone from the waxed paper, gently slide the pretzel stick into the opening and angle the pretzel to rest against the inside. 
  7. Next, take two pretzel stick halves and slightly dip one end of each into the melted chocolate. You only need a drop of chocolate as the pretzel stick pieces will attach to the melted chocolate left at the opening by the whole pretzel stick. Place the pieces at the top next to the other and hold in place until the chocolate has set enough to move your hands without the pretzel stick falling.
  8. When all are dipped and decorated, place in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.

As a reminder, placing your teepees in the refrigerator for an extended amount of time may cause the cone to soften. It is best to store in an airtight container at room temperature and eat within the same day!