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

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

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!

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

Bust some crunches out after to minimize guilt



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    4 years ago

    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


    5 years ago

    OMG! That's soooo genius!


    6 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Step 7

    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?

    4 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 7

    Great recipe!

    I dont have a thermometer. :(

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


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 7

    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.


    7 years ago on Step 10

    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

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    mary candy

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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


    8 years ago on Step 9

    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.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 9

    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!


    8 years ago on Step 9

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

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