Drumstick (frozen dairy dessert)

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Product typeIce cream
CountryUnited States

Drumstick is the brand name, owned by Froneri, a joint venture between Nestlé and PAI Partners,[1] for a variety of frozen dessert-filled ice cream cones sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, and other countries across the world. The original product was invented by I.C. Parker of the Drumstick Company of Fort Worth, Texas, in 1928.[2][3]


A typical drumstick consists of a sugar cone filled with vanilla frozen dairy dessert topped with a hardened chocolate shell and nuts, and much later, with a chocolate-lined cone and a chunk of chocolate at the bottom invented at the West End factory in Brisbane.[4] Drumsticks are available from a variety of supermarkets, ice cream trucks, and convenience stores.

Due to the historic popularity of this dessert, it is commonly called a "drumstick" even if it is manufactured by some other company and branded otherwise. "Forever Summer" has been a tagline for this brand.


The ice cream cone concept originated at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.[2] An ice cream maker at the fair discovered that he ran out of bowls to serve ice cream. He still had ice cream to sell, so he asked a waffle vendor to roll some waffles into cones for his ice cream. His ice cream sold and it became a finger food.

In 1928, the Parker Brothers, Bruce, I.C., and J.T., added to the invention by adding a chocolate coating with nuts to it. One of the brothers’ wives said that this invention looked like a chicken leg, commonly nicknamed a drumstick in the US.

Nestlé purchased the Drumstick Company in 1991.[1]


Additional varieties of Drumstick include caramel and fudge-filled cones, Mint Chocolate Crunch, Cookies and Cream Crunch, and simply dipped, cones filled with caramel, chocolate, and plain vanilla are also found. In Canada, Nestlé offers a chocolate dipped Oreo Drumstick[5] as well as Strawberry Cheesecake Drumstick.[6]

According to the official website, the following Drumstick flavors are produced:[7]

  • Classic
  • Simply Dipped
  • Pretzel Dipped
  • Crunch Dipped
  • Cookie Dipped
  • Mini Drums
  • Lil’ Drums
  • Sprinkled!
  • Super Nugget
  • King Size

Non Dairy Additions[edit]

In early 2020, Nestle released two vegan varieties of the dessert in Canada.

  • Caramel
  • Vanilla Chocolate Swirl

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". Nestle.ca. Nestlé Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Funderburg, Anne Cooper. Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla: A History Of American Ice Cream. Popular Press. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Smith, Andrew F. Encyclopedia of Junk Food And Fast Food. Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "See the Brisbane factory where popular ice-cream cone was invented". Brisbane Times.
  5. ^ https://www.madewithnestle.ca/drumstick/drumstick-oreo%C2%AE
  6. ^ https://www.madewithnestle.ca/drumstick/drumstick-strawberry-cheesecake
  7. ^ "Nestlé Drumstick Flavors". drumstick.com. Nestlé.

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