Introduction: Deep Fried It's It

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For those of you East of the Rockies, I should explain. An It's It is essentially an ice cream sandwhich made with oatmeal cookies and covered in a chocolate shell. It is utterly delicious as it is. There is not too much you could do to improve such a regional delicacy; short of deep frying it. Thus, I have decided to deep fry one.

Deep frying an ice cream treat is no easy proposition. You want it to sit in the fryer long enough that the outer shell cooks, but not so long that the inner ice cream melts. To accomplish this, you either need the fryer to be incredibly hot, or the ice cream to be incredibly cold. I decided to go the route of incredibly cold.

The trick to making this delicacy is liquid nitrogen. This gets it cold enough that you can then batter, and fry it without worrying about it melting. For added flair, I decided to coat the cake batter with a generous coating of Oreo crumbs. This was definately a nice added touch.

This is perhaps one of the most delicious things that I have ever eaten.

It truly is it.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff


For the Cryofrying:

(x1) It's It Ice Cream Sandwich
(x1) Gallon of peanut oil
(x1) A quart of liquid nitrogen

For the Cake Batter:

(x1) 2 cups Flour
(x1) 1 tsp Baking Powder
(x1) 1 cup Milk
(x1) 2 eggs
(x1) 1/4 cup sugar

For the outer shell:

(x1) Package of Oreos

Specialized Equipment:

(x1) Large dewer (for liquid nitrogen containment)
(x1) Small dewar (for easy handling)
(x1) Large metal bowl
(x1) Deep frier (for frying)
(x1) LN2 safety work gloves
(x1) Face Shield (also for safety)
(x1) Metal tongs
(x1) Candy thermometer
(x2) Ziplock bags

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Step 2: Start the Fryer

Put the oil in the fryer.

Get the temperature in the fryer up to a balmy 375 degrees fahrenheit.

Step 3: Make the Batter

Mix together the ingredients for the cake batter.

(picture and batter courtesy of Carleyy and her delicious Deep Fried S'mores)

Step 4: Crush the Oreos

Making Oreo crumbs is easy. Simply put about a dozen oreos in a double zip lock bag.

Bang the heck out of them on a hard surface until you have a bag full of Oreo crumbs.

Step 5: Cryofreeze

Put the it's it at the bottom of the large metal bowl.

Pour in liquid nitrogen.

Use the metal tongs to flip over the It's It a time or two to ensure a nice even freeze.

Step 6: Batter and Crumbs

Dip the It's It into the batter. Make sure that you coat all sides and that there are no gaps.

Next, cover the It's It in a generous coating of Oreo crumbs.

Step 7: Fry

Lower the It's It slowly into the batter.

It should float.

Let it fry for about 20-30 seconds, and then flip it and let it fry on the opposite side for about the same.

Quickly remove it from the oil.

Step 8: Enjoy

Remove from the oil, and let cool for a few moments and then enjoy the deliciousness.

West coast represent!

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