Babs' Genius Trick For Serving Mess-Free Ice Cream Cones

Whether you're hosting a birthday party, a themed event, or a wedding, there's no question that dessert is often the main attraction. More often than not, it's a birthday cake. Or, if it's summertime, perhaps a freshly baked fruit pie or cobbler is in order. But do you know what pairs well with these desserts and, well, everything else? Ice cream.

Creamy, sweet, and refreshing on the palate, ice cream is a delectable treat for hot and chilly temperatures alike. However, serving them can get a little tricky because of how fast ice cream melts. To that, Social Tables recommends using freezer bags, ice buckets, and maybe even throwing the ice cream in a freezer at the event — though you'd have to run back and forth from the freezer to your guests. If you'll be opting for a cooler, Aloha Dreams states that dry ice over the ice cream will work wonders for keeping everything cool; just make sure to keep the timeframe under four hours.

Granted, the above tips will help to keep ice cream cold, but they won't keep them mess-free. This is especially true for ice cream cones because overly large ice cream scoops may dribble down the sides as well as through the bottom of the cone. What was once a perfect event may soon become a dessert nightmare, but fortunately, we've found an easy hack to help with this.

Grab a cupcake tray with liners

One of Instagram's favorite cooking personalities, brunchwithbabs, is back with another hack, and all you need is a cupcake tray, cheap cupcake liners, ice cream, ice cream cones, and marshmallows.

So first, you're going to take a cupcake tray and add some cupcake liners to it. Add a scoop of ice cream to each liner, then pop the tray into the freezer. Before serving time, place a marshmallow inside each ice cream cone. As the source claims, this will help with the mess, possibly because any ice cream that starts to melt will pool over the marshmallow. In other words, the marshmallow may prevent the ice cream inside from sliding through the bottom.

Now comes the fun part. Take the tray out of the freezer and place it on a table. One at a time, take a cone and stick the open side directly into a scoop of ice cream. Don't use too much force, though, as you don't want to damage any of those precious cone parts. Lift the ice cream cone and peel away the liner from the scoop. Voilà! You now have a near-perfect amount of ice cream on each cone. All that's left to do is enjoy!