Introduction: Deep Fried Ice Cream

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Im pretty sure Deep Fried Ice Cream is the 8th wonder of the world.  And the actual deep fryer itself is the 9th.  Next to bacon, deep fried ice cream is the only reason my boyfriend sticks around.  I ask him to do all sorts of house projects and remodels, and car fixes....and if it weren't for things like this, he'd be long gone.

Hrrrmmmm, i wonder if i could do deep fried bacon ice cream?  i digress.....

But my favorite chain mexican restaurant makes the best deep fried ice cream.  It comes in this margarita glass on a bed of little cinnamon sugar covered crispie crunchies.  No matter how much re-fried bean goodness, sour cream smothered chimichangas, or overly stuffed 16lb taco plates with lettuce as "garnish"..... we always make room for a scoop of this deep fried piece of magic. 

But how is it made? how does it not melt?  I looked into it and found it to be a rather simple recipe.  It is a bit of a process, but let me tell you, its SOOO worth it!

Step 1: Gather Your Weapons

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You will need only a few items:

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, or whatever Ice Cream you wish to nom nom on
About 2 cups of Corn Flakes*
2 eggs
About 2tbls Cinnamon
About 4tbls of sugar
Vegetable Oil
Saran Wrap
Deep Fryer**

*My first attempt, I tried using Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  I thought it was delicious, but my boyfriend claimed that it didn't taste like our restaurant classic, which was true.  To really stay true to restaurant style deep fried ice cream, go with corn flakes, otherwise, experiment!  I bet cocoa crispies would be pretty tasty too, if it can withstand the oil

**If you don't have a deep fryer, use a regular pot that is deep enough for you to drop your ice cream scoop in.  The first time I did it, I used a pan, and just made sure the oil was hot enough to flash fry

Step 2: Get Your Ice Cream Balls Ready

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Like I mentioned earlier, making deep fried ice cream is a process.  It's not exactly something you can just whip up at home, late at night, after you have inhaled a large pizza, on the couch, while watching CSI, on a Friday night, with your dogs. For example, its best to work with the ice cream when it is really cold, so this means taking time to re freeze the ice cream along the way.

To start, you want to scoop a large scoop of ice cream onto a piece of saran wrap.  The saran wrap keeps your hands clean from the creamy goodness.  Make sure to pack it really dense so that when it goes into the fryer, the center stays cold.

Step 3: FREEZE Sucka!

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So once you have molded your ice cream balls, place them in the freezer.  Then proceed to lick ice cream scoop. 

You want to make sure the ice cream balls are really firm, so leave them in the freezer for an hour, at the very least. Once you start handling them, they melt pretty easily, so make sure they are solid.

Step 4: Crush the Corn Flakes

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Place the corn flakes into a zip lock bag.  You want to crush these bad boys up, but not until it is a dust, but more so into smaller pieces. Once you got these crushed, place them in a shallow dish. 

Step 5: Add the Flava

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Mix the cinnamon and sugar into the cornflakes, and mix thoroughly.  You want to make sure the cinnamon and sugar is evenly mixed in with the flakes.  An even coat of sugar to cinn to flake is IMPORTANT!

In another shallow dish, scramble up some eggs.  I used two, you might need three...depends on yo' eggs.

Step 6: Double Dip!

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One of the few times it is encouraged to double dip.  Hell, triple dip! 

Take the ice cream ball out of the freezer and unwrap.  Then you want to roll it around in the cornflake mixture and coat evenly. 

Then take it into the egg wash, and coat evenly in egg.

With the eggy ice cream, roll it back into the corn flakes. 

Note: If you have a giant basketball sized ice cream scoop like my boy Craig here, I'd encourage you to repeat the egg/cornflake dipping a few more times to up the ratio of crust to ice cream. 

Once they are sufficiently coated, throw them back into the freezer.  We left them in overnight, but its the same idea; at the very least, leave them in for an hour and let them firm up a bit because the next steps bring these pups to the deep fryer, and lemme tell ya, it gets hot baby!

Step 7: Deep Fryer Time!

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This is where the magic happens.  Once your ice cream is frozen solid, and you are ready to start frying, you can get your deep fryer warmed up.  I had it set for 375 deg F. 

Be REALLY careful placing the ice cream ball into the hot oil as it may pop.  Also if you drop it, it could splash everywhere causing burns or a possible grease fire, which might keep you from eating this fried treat, and well frankly, that's the most important thing above all.  

I fried it for a total of about 45 seconds to 1 min, making sure to rotate and evenly brown all the sides.

Step 8: Drain the Oil Off

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Drain the newly fried ice cream ball on a paper towel.  While that is sitting, You can do as Craig has done, and get some chocolate sauce/fudge to put on top, maybe whipped cream or powdered sugar? 

Step 9: Decorate, Garnish and CHOW

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As you see fit, you can decorate, accessorize, or garnish your ice cream any way you like.  Craig here has chosen the "chocolate bomb" approach and smothered this thing with a 1/2" thick layer of melted chocolate.  I am impressed.

Step 10: Deal With the Guilt

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Bust some crunches out after to minimize guilt


GayleMello (author)2014-11-07

This sounds just like the wonderful ones I use to get at a small mexican cantina in Calif. The one thing different which was quite awesome was they served these in a floured cinnamon tortilla shell which made a percect bowl for your treat. I suppose lining a cupcake tin with flour tortillas and baking in oven unti
Crispy and able to hold their shape would work. Then they topped it with whipped cream spri kled more cinnimon on that and it was amazing. They may have even dwep fried the tortilla shell but i dont know how you get it to shape like a fluted bowl. It was crispy cinnamon flavored and you ate the bowl too. Cant wait to try this out

shimmery1899 (author)2013-10-19

OMG! That's soooo genius!

chikid68 (author)2013-06-11

I agree use honey thats how they do it in the Mexican resturants

yallen (author)2012-06-14

I make my fried ice cream by coating ice cream scoops in crumbled mud cake (The cooked stuff, not batter.). I had some caramel mud cupcakes that didn't turn out how I planned. They made the BEST fried ice cream! I used some left over ice cream cake for my scoops. It's so yummy I didn't need any topping at all.

DemeGeek (author)2011-05-04

On the first step you mentioned that it was possible to use a deep pot if you don't have a deep fryer... How would that work?

angelabchua (author)DemeGeek2011-05-06

Ahhh I'm glad you asked, because I have photos! I used a sauce pan and heated the oil to like 350. You want it nice and hot to flash fry the cereal. Make sure to use a lot too so that more than half of your ice cream is submerged in oil.

rpetrovskis (author)angelabchua2011-07-13

Great recipe!

I dont have a thermometer. :(

How long does it take to heat the oil to 350 degree?

angelabchua (author)rpetrovskis2011-07-13

Thanks! You can just leave it on Med High to High. Then try dropping a cornflake in. If it starts frying up real good, then that's probably a good indicator it's ready.

If it's not very sizzly, don't put the ice cream in yet, the oil is not hot enough, and once you put the ice cream in, it will cool the oil down, thus leaving you with an oily creamy mess. Make sure it's nice and hot! Good Luck.

You could also just go to your local grocery store too. I think I got mine for like $3.99 from Safeway here in CA.

rpetrovskis (author)angelabchua2011-07-13

Thank you for the information :)

987456321 (author)2011-07-05

This step should come along in the middle too. "To prepare yourself to eat yummy goodness, lose a couple calories first."

great instructions, im looking forward to my deep fried icecream

angelabchua (author)9874563212011-07-07

oh its guilt at it's finest. and lemme tell you... Guilt is DELICIOUS!

mary candy (author)2011-07-07

"Bust some crunches out after to minimize guilt"
I need to start a several diet after this all.

tdawber-mandeno (author)2011-07-07

melt some maple and walnut ice cream and then add pree cooked bacon and re freeze???

vanaka (author)2011-06-26

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm very Delicious

Ghost Wolf (author)2011-05-07

Diabetes in a cup wow!

angelabchua (author)Ghost Wolf2011-05-16

isnt it great?!

vintagevixzen (author)2011-05-16

This pic is making me crave icecream like nobodys business as for the earlier mentioned bacon mmmm bacon i just ate like a ton of maplebacon again mmm bacon. oh wow there ya go maple bacon icecream lol... Thanks for the recipe I havealways wondered how this was done. Def gonna make.

I am very tempted to try making a bacon ice cream. When I do, you know where to find the results!

Good luck with your deep fried snackies!

polichinella (author)2011-04-27

thanks a lot! my brother ask me about this delicius ice cream ball. I will make then inmediately

angelabchua (author)polichinella2011-05-16

Did you make 'em? How did they turn out?

ThatGuyRandy (author)2011-05-01

Large pizza and CSI. life is good :)

angelabchua (author)ThatGuyRandy2011-05-02

Oh yeeeeaaaahhh

spark master (author)2011-04-28

This is yummy, my kids have bugged me to make this for years I refuse. my buddy went to "Rocky Marciano's Deep Fried Ice Cream" years ago and said it was incredible.

Their trick is super cold icecream, dipped in a nice pancake or donut batter, (almost the same thing), which is frozen in place almost then dropped into the vat of oil. And more oil is what you want or the icecream willl warm it up too fast.

Maybe I will relent on this , cause this looks way way too good . My fat cells and cardiologist are both yelling at me I can hear htem!!!!

angelabchua (author)spark master2011-04-28

I really want to try the "batter" approach next time. The cornflakes almost give it a "waffle"cone ish type of texture, which is awesome. But I would like to try something more on the "fluffy" side.

Unfortunately, step 10 comes with every batch of deep fried ice cream "dealing with the guilt"

If you make it, be sure to post a picture!

spark master (author)angelabchua2011-04-29

Guilt is for those who are too good. I am, as george thorogood says, "Bad to the Bone" ! Guilt free and fat as a water barrel.

ah well, wuchagunna do I just love to cook and eat.

Take pancake batter (scrath recipe ) add some fine milled oatmeal (say 1/4 cup) to 3/4 cup white flour, add some cinnomin , ginger and nutmeg, extra sugar (say 1/4 cup) use two eggs (extra large or jumbo's , and 3 tblspoons oil. beat oil into egg yokes like you were making mayo, whipp the egg white to stiff peak, add 3/4 to 1 cup of whole milk into the eggs and add tble spn vanilla, then add flour mixture mix well fold in egg whites. keep that on ice (like double boiler situation, but ice not hot, under the bowl. Have ice cream really hard , (my freezer does 0 to -10 ) , dip in the stuff , you could refreeze, or not, then into waiting oil.


gotta go, wifie and I are going to din din!


angelabchua (author)spark master2011-04-30


Thanks for the batter tip. I think ima try that next and post the results either in this comment thread, or if the results are different enough, a whole new ible with credits to you, of course.

spark master (author)angelabchua2011-05-01

that mess takes at least a teaspoon of baking powder, (not soda), as much as a tablespoon, (could be tooo puffy). You may want to remove a measured tble of flour from it, and add same of corn starch or (and) add 2 tblespoons rice flour. If you do you may find you like the mouth feel better.

for a faster (perhaps) proof of concept take a nice vanilla cake mix add extra vanilla, separate the egg yoke from the white, beat whites to stiff peak, beat oil into egg yokes (first) then add liquid, (use whole milk), then vanilla , flour mixture asdirected , then fold in egg whites.

you could also use chocolate mix, but add 2-3 tblesoons MORE coco and tspan vanilla , I do not really like brownies but you could use brownie mix as well, (you may want to thin that though)

good luck in your mission to clogg your arteries! I will stopping by at 8 with wife and kids for coffee, don't worry I 'll bring truffles and a cake!

jimmiek (author)2011-04-30

Thanks for the recipe, gonna try it out this month/maybe next month if gas doesn't go too high!

seemabootwala (author)2011-04-29

grrrrrrreat ible.

tony the tiger approves, even though i didnt use frosted flakes.

paulijames (author)2011-04-29

This is one of the best i'bles I have seen. Thanks for the tips (especially Step 10) and thanks for the entertainment. :)

angelabchua (author)paulijames2011-04-30

THANKS! My boyfriend deals with the guilt by exercise. I only the other hand am impervious to guilt and will continue to eat more ice cream as I lay on the couch and watch him do sit ups. go ME! But really, thanks for the wonderful compliment!

Nelyan (author)2011-04-30

This 'ible was great! I love the pictures and the fact that there are a lot of them. I asked my fiance if he would like to try this out and whoa, he went quiet. I guess he was wondering how it would taste. I guess even I wont know until I make some!

angelabchua (author)Nelyan2011-04-30

How will it taste? The best way I can describe it is.... hot and warm cinnamon waffle cone around cold ice cream. It really tastes amazing!

karossii (author)2011-04-27

An alternate recipe I used many years ago was to add oatmeal to the cornflakes (about 1 cup oats to 3-4 cups cornflakes), along with white and brown sugar (about 3/4 to 1 cup each - but I didn't use cinnamon) - then instead of an egg wash between layers of the dry coating, I used honey. Otherwise, I made them much the same... and they are delish!

angelabchua (author)karossii2011-04-27

oh, honey? interesting. Does it create a hard shell or is still "chewey" Using honey is a great way to turn it vegan if you use vegan ice cream and flakes!

ladybgood (author)angelabchua2011-04-28

honey isnt vegan, its an animal product. Ice cream isnt vegan, its an animal product.

angelabchua (author)ladybgood2011-04-28

oh hrm. i never thought of honey as an animal product, but yes, i suppose your right! Don't they make vegan soy based ice cream though?

karossii (author)angelabchua2011-04-28

they make stuff they call ice cream... but it isn't the same by a long shot. And, depending on the bees and the honey (whether you eat the comb or just take the liquid), it is either bee puke or bee poop you're eating. So while it is an animal product, they don't suffer or lose anything by its loss... but the same could be said of milk (in fact, a cow who isn't milked will often drink her own milk because it gets painful if it goes too long without release)... yet another couple of reasons I find vegans to be a bit off in their thinking.

ladybgood (author)karossii2011-04-28

modern managed cows need to be milked every day because they are bred by man to produce milk, and they are bred by bulls to be permanently pregnant and almost permanently lactating. Wild bovines don't do this.

JViz (author)ladybgood2011-04-28

Wild bananas aren't edible. Wild dogs and wild cats don't make very good pets. Wild stallions travel through time to finish their class assignment and check out bodacious babes.

paqrat (author)JViz2011-04-29

Lol great reference.

karossii (author)ladybgood2011-04-28

That's awful interesting... cause I grew up in rural areas of Texas and Louisiana, and I saw wild cows do it all the time...

karossii (author)angelabchua2011-04-27

It is a bit crunchy and a bit chewy; the oats tend to soak up the honey and stay chewy... but the honey glazed corn flakes are crispy/crunchy.

karossii (author)karossii2011-04-27

Another alternate I have tasted but never made myself is to use a tempura style batter, a very thin coating of it... not sure how they kept it from melting the ice cream, as it was a very thin coat of liquid only, but it was awesome!

SeamusDubh (author)karossii2011-04-27

I think when doing the Tempura method you go directly to the frying, skipping the refreeze, since you're dealing with a batter instead of a crust. Also while the frying done here is quick, Tempura frying is usually quicker then deep frying.

zazenergy (author)2011-04-27

yum! this looks totally amazing! i am a bit terrified of frying in oil after not taking your advice above, and burning my face with hot oil (no joke), but i'll come over any day if you're making it!

angelabchua (author)zazenergy2011-04-28

Jazz came up to me and was all "why didnt you bring any in?!"

a few reasons
a) it wouldn't have made the trip bc it would have melted
b) carrying a deep fryer on a train....not fun
c) i would have devoured all the ingredients even before i could assemble it.

eragon44111 (author)2011-04-27

hahaha :) he used to look at me this way =P
awesome i'ble!!! :)

Biggsy (author)2011-04-27

Congratulations... you MAY just put me in a diabetic coma with this ;P



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