Fried ice cream is a classic dessert that features a scoop of ice cream that’s frozen solid and coated with a crispy coating or batter before being deep-fried to crisp the outside while keeping the inside cold. It’s a delicious treat that’s easy to make at home and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
How to Make Frying Ice Cream
To start, scoop a few spoonfuls of ice cream into an ice cream scoop. Wrap the ice cream scoops in plastic wrap and freeze until firm.
Once the ice cream is frozen, you’ll need to coat each ice cream scoop in a mixture of crushed corn flakes, ground cinnamon and sugar. This is a quick and easy recipe that you can use for any flavor of ice cream.
For a full batch, you’ll need 10 scoops. If you’d like a smaller portion, use half of the recipe and just form them into ice cream balls instead of scooping them out.
If you’re planning on making this dessert for a party, consider using muffin tins to help set the ice cream balls before they’re rolled in the cereal coating. This helps prevent the ice cream from breaking into pieces when it’s set.
Alternatively, you can also roll the ice cream in the cereal coating a few days ahead and keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to fry. If you do this, be sure to top each piece with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry before serving.
What are the Ingredients for Fried Ice Cream?
Crushed corn flakes, cinnamon, and sugar are a traditional ingredient in fried ice cream. These crunchy crumbs add texture and a nice crunch to the dish while enhancing its creamy texture.
The only other thing you’ll need is a pan to fry the ice cream in. Heat a small amount of oil in a pot or a Dutch oven to 375 degrees F. Once the oil reaches this temperature, place the covered ice cream balls in the oil and fry them for a few seconds until golden brown.
When the ice cream balls are cooked, they should be a light golden color and crisp on the outside. To help them turn out even, you’ll need to work quickly and remove them from the oil as soon as they’re done frying.
If you’d prefer to skip the egg whites and just roll your ice cream in the corn flake mixture, you can do that as well. Just be sure to chill your ice cream before putting it into the hot oil, as this will help prevent it from melting and falling apart.
For more fun flavored fried ice cream, try experimenting with different types of ice cream and toppings. For example, you could replace the corn flakes with sweetened shredded coconut or chopped pecans for an entirely different taste.
You can also substitute a few tablespoons of your favorite flavored syrup for the corn flake coating, which will give your fried ice cream a unique flavor that you won’t find elsewhere. You can even top your fried ice cream with a scoop of chocolate sauce or whipped cream for a festive dessert.