How to Make Fried Ice Cream

The perfect combination of crunchy and creamy.

Crispy on the outside, cool and creamy on the inside. Top your fried ice cream with honey or whipped cream, and you'll be enjoying a restaurant-worthy dessert at home.

Keeping your ice cream firmly frozen before frying is the key to creating the perfect fried ice cream.

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1 Scoop

Lay four pieces of plastic wrap on your countertop. Scoop 1/2 to 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream into the center of each piece.


2 Form Into Balls

Pull the plastic wrap up around each ice cream scoop, twisting it closed at the top. Use your hands to form each wrapped piece into the shape of a ball shape. Freeze the ice cream for about an hour, or until firm.

3 Coat

Place 2 and a 1/2 cups of lightly crushed corn flakes in a shallow bowl. In a second bowl, combine two beaten eggs and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Unwrap one ball of ice cream from the freezer at a time and roll it in the cornflake crumbs, then the egg mixture, and then the cornflakes again. Repeat with the remaining ice cream balls.

Be sure to completely coat each ice cream ball with your egg mixture. As the ice cream fries, the eggs will seal the balls and prevent them from melting.

4 Freeze

Place your coated ice cream balls on a pan and return them to the freezer. Leave them for at least one hour, or until they become very firm.

Your ice cream balls may be prepared up to two days in advance. Store them covered with plastic wrap until they’re ready to be fried.

5 Fry

Fill a fryer or heavy saucepan with enough vegetable or peanut oil to cover your ice cream balls. Once the oil is 375 degrees, fry two balls at a time until the coating is a light golden brown (about 15 seconds). Quickly remove the balls from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain for a few seconds. Return the fried balls to the freezer while you fry the remaining ice cream.

To minimize melting, leave the ice cream in the freezer until the moment you are ready to place it in the hot oil.

6 Top & Enjoy!

Put a dollop of whipped cream in the bottom of four ice cream dishes or on small serving plates. Place each ball of fried ice cream on top. Drizzle the balls with honey, a little more whipped cream and then top with a cherry. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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