Simple and Easy “Fried” Ice Cream

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Not only is it Cinco de Mayo today, but Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

Today I have a special recipe to share. This recipe is actually my mom’s Fried Ice Cream recipe which fits perfectly not only for Cinco de Mayo but also for Mother’s Day. While the origin of fried ice cream is up for debate, I usually see fried ice cream served as a delicious dessert in Mexican restaurants. So I always associate this exceptionally yummy frozen treat with Mexican cuisine.

My mom is an amazing cook, former caterer, and a wonderful person and mom to anyone and everyone, especially to me. Whenever anyone comes to her home, they are always warmly welcomed, loved, and fed very well. She is the mom and woman I have and always will aspire to be.

So featuring one of her many delicious recipes seems very fitting for Mother’s Day. I actually remember making fried ice cream with my mom when I was young, helping her with a catering job. When we were done, she’d let me pour the bit of leftovers into a bowl and enjoy the deliciousness. My mom has so generously allowed me to share this recipe with all of you. So let’s begin and make this delicious treat!

Fried Ice Cream Recipe

This fried ice cream is actually not fried at all: so it’s simple to make and you can easily make it with your kids.

Here is what you will for this “Fried” Ice Cream recipe.

Ingredients for Fried Ice Cream

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Corn Flake Cereal
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • Whipped Cream, Honey, and Chocolate Sauce for Garnish

Pour half a box of the corn flake cereal into a large bowl.

Crunching up Corn Flakes

Crunch up the cereal with either your hands or a food processor. I prefer crunching it up with my hands because you don’t want the cereal crunched up too finely.

Once that’s crunched up to your satisfaction, set the cereal aside and make the cinnamon sugar topping.

Mixing Cinnamon and Sugar

Pour half a cup of sugar in a small bowl and add cinnamon. I think I added about 2 teaspoons to make it extra cinnamon-y, but you can make it as much or as little cinnamon flavored as you want. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and stir it all together.

Sweet cinnamon yumminess!

Next it’s time to combine everything to make the crust for the “fried” ice cream.

Mixing Fried Topping

Melt one stick of butter and pour into the crunched up cereal. Mix it in until cereal is fully coated. Then take your cinnamon sugar and pour it over the cereal mixture. Mix it all together until you get a cinnamon sugar coated delicious cereal.

Sometimes I have the urge to take a spoon of the mixture and eat it like cereal, but the promise of fried ice cream is usually enough to keep me from doing that…usually. 😉

Now that the topping mixture is ready, it’s time to make the fried ice cream balls.

You want your ice cream softened slightly when you make your fried ice cream so that the cereal will stick in it. I probably left my ice cream out of a little too long. It still worked just fine, but was quite messy to make the coated ice cream balls.

Take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drop it into the cereal topping. Then using your hands roll the ice cream around into a ball until fully coated with cinnamon cereal topping.

Place the finished ball onto a foil lined cookie sheet.

Making Fried Ice Cream Balls

Continue making ice cream balls until you run out of ice cream. Then place the sheet of fried ice cream balls in the freezer to harden: by now they will probably be a little too soft to enjoy.

Once they have frozen again, you are ready to enjoy this delicious fried ice cream treat. I recommend topping it with whipped cream and either honey or chocolate sauce.

Delicious Fried Ice Cream Balls

So very yummy! Honestly anytime you need an ice cream treat this is a great dessert to make. You can also make it for large gatherings or just your family. These keep very well in the freezer so you can make them ahead of time or enjoy them anytime.

Fried ice cream can be even more of a special treat by making your own vanilla ice cream with an ice cream maker. Right now, Heartland America has a Hamilton Beach 1.5qt Gel Ice Cream Maker to make your own delicious frozen creations.

Hamilton Beach 1.5qt Gel Ice Cream Maker

You could even experiment with different ice cream flavors in the fried ice cream and different types of cereal for the “fried” topping.

I hope you make fried ice cream for your family. Also I hope you enjoy some great quality time with your family and especially your mom this weekend. Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

"Fried" Ice Cream
Print Recipe
A delicious and easy dessert inspired by traditional fried ice cream without the deep frying.
12 ice cream balls
12 ice cream balls
"Fried" Ice Cream
Print Recipe
A delicious and easy dessert inspired by traditional fried ice cream without the deep frying.
12 ice cream balls
12 ice cream balls
Servings: ice cream balls
  1. Pour half of a box of corn flake cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Crunch up corn flakes into very small pieces.
  3. Melt one stick of butter and pour into crunched up cereal.
  4. Mix butter thoroughly into cereal.
  5. Mix together sugar, salt, and use at least a teaspoon of cinnamon. Using more cinnamon is recommended since the ice cream will dilute the cinnamon flavor.
  6. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture into cereal and thoroughly combine.
  7. Take a scoop of slightly softened ice cream and roll in cereal mixture.
  8. Place the cereal crusted ice cream ball on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  9. Keep in fried Ice cream balls in the freezer and serve with whipped cream and either honey or chocolate syrup.
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