This fried ice cream recipe is beyond delicious. It has crunchy corn flakes fried to golden brown perfection with creamy vanilla ice cream in the middle. Every crunchy, smooth bite will make you fall more and more in love with this dessert!
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The Best Fried Ice Cream
This fried ice cream recipe is inspired by the classic Mexican dessert, and it's as good as something you'd get from a restaurant!
The creamy frozen ice cream balls are coated in a crunchy corn flakes mixture and fried to perfection. The ice cream stays velvety and smooth with an incredible crunch for a combination of textures like no other.
It's perfect for your kid's birthday party, a fun dessert to share with the family, or the ending to a meal if you want to impress your guests. Either way, this fried ice cream will be the talk of the night!
Why This Recipe Works
An instant family favorite. Everyone in the Cunningham family is obsessed with this fried cream. It's as much of a hit with the kids as it is with the adults, so you know you'll have a dessert that everyone will enjoy!
A winning combination. From the creamy ice cream to the crispy corn flakes and perfectly sweet flavor, you just can't get this taste and texture in any other dessert!
Easy to make ahead. This is the perfect dessert recipe to make ahead. Once you prepare the frozen ice cream balls, just put them in the freezer and fry them whenever you want!
This fried ice cream recipe is made with really simple ingredients, and you probably have a few at home already!
Check out what you need to make fried ice cream:
- 4 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3 Egg Whites
- 4 cups Corn Flakes
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- To serve: whipped cream, cones
By the way, if you like fried food, you can use vegetable oil to fry these fried plantains next!
How To Make Fried Ice Cream
1. Scoop ice cream: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the vanilla ice cream with an ice cream scoop into balls. Place the ice cream scoops immediately on the sheet and freeze them for 30 minutes.
2. Make the egg mixture: Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy.
3. Make the corn flake mixture: Add the corn flakes to a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer the crushed corn flakes to a large bowl and mix them with the sugar.
4. Dip the ice cream balls: Remove the ice cream from the freezer and dip each ball in the egg whites and then in the corn flake mixture. Return the coated ice cream balls to the baking tray and freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours.
5. Deep fry ice cream: Heat the oil in a large pot to 350°F (180ºC). Fry each frozen ice cream ball, one at a time, for a few minutes until the cornflakes are golden brown.
6. Serve immediately: Transfer the fried ice cream to serving plates and serve with whipped cream and waffle cones on top or any desired toppings.
Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Fry one ice cream ball at a time and leave the rest in the freezer to keep them as cold as possible.
- Add ground cinnamon to the corn flakes for a cinnamon sugar flavor, or just use Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal instead.
- Change up the ice cream each time you make it for a different flavor.
- Serve the fried ice cream with fresh whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate, or caramel sauce, and top it with maraschino cherries to make a fried ice cream sundae.
FAQs About This Fried Ice Cream Recipe
Is fried ice cream a Mexican tradition?
Fried ice cream is known as one of the most delicious Mexican dessert recipes, but it actually is not a Mexican tradition.
Can I make fried ice cream ahead of time?
Yes, the best way to make it ahead of time is to scoop out the ice cream balls and freeze them in a freezer-safe container. Then whenever you want the fried ice cream, dip the ice cream balls in the egg whites, roll in the crushed cereal, and fry. You can also prepare the ice cream rolled in the cereal and then freeze it, but the coating won't be as crisp after you fry it.
Do I have to deep fry fried ice cream?
No, you actually can make fried ice cream without deep-frying it. First, add the crushed corn flakes to a pot with a two tablespoons of butter and sugar. Cook for a few minutes, stirring the entire time, until the cereal is toasted. Let it cool, then roll each frozen ice cream ball in the cereal and serve.
More Dessert Recipes
- Rolled ice cream
- Fried Oreos
- Fried cheesecake
- Elephant ears recipe
- Funnel cake recipe
- Rice pudding with condensed milk
- 4 cups (8 scoops) Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3 Egg Whites
- 4 cups Corn Flakes
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 2 cups Vegetable Oil
- To serve: whipped cream, waffle cones
- Line a baking sheet with paper.
- Scoop the vanilla ice cream with an ice cream scoop into balls. Place them immediately on the sheet and freeze them for 30 minutes.
- Beat the egg whites in a bowl until foamy.
- Add the corn flakes to a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer them to a bowl and mix with the sugar.
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer and dip each ball in the egg and then in the corn flake mixture. Return to the baking tray.
- Freeze the balls overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- Heat the oil in a large pot to 350°F (180ºC) and fry each ball (taking them one by one from the freezer if possible, so they are as cold as possible). Fry them for just a couple of minutes until the cornflakes are golden brown.
- Transfer to serving plates and serve with whipped cream and waffle cones.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g