Fried Ice Cream

It's true, you can make a deep fried ice cream recipe at home! Follow along to see how to make this popular restaurant dessert in your own kitchen.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Freeze Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ cup finely crushed cornflakes cereal

  • 1 egg

  • 1 pint high quality vanilla ice cream*

  • 1 8 inch flour tortilla, cut into 8 wedges

  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted


  1. Line a tray with parchment paper. In a shallow dish combine the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the sugar mixture for tortillas. Set aside 2 teaspoons sugar mixture for cream. Place cereal in another shallow dish. In another shallow dish lightly beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Divide ice cream into 4 equal portions. Shape into balls and place on prepared tray. Dip each ball in reserved 2 tsp. cinnamon sugar mixture, into egg mixture, then in cereal to coat. Freeze scoops for 1 to 2 hours or until firm. Cover and chill egg mixture. Dip ice cream balls again into egg mixture then into crumbs. Freeze until very firm (3 to 4 hours).

  2. In a large saucepan or electric deep-fat fryer heat 2 inches oil to 350°F. Add ice cream scoops, half at a time, and fry for 10 to 15 seconds or until golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer and drain on paper towels, then return to tray and freeze while frying remaining scoops and tortillas.

  3. For tortillas, line a plate with paper towels. Add tortilla wedges to oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden. Use slotted spoon to transfer to prepared plate. Sprinkle both sides with 1 tablespoon sugar mixture while warm. In a medium bowl beat or whisk cream with reserved 2 teaspoons sugar mixture and vanilla until soft peaks form.

  4. Serve fried ice cream scoops and tortilla wedges topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate.

    Fried Ice Cream
    Rachel Marek


For the firmest freezing ice cream that won't melt in the hot oil, use a high-quality, full-fat ice cream such as Häagen-Dazs or other premium ice cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

997 Calories
71g Fat
85g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 997
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 71g 91%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 6.8mg 38%
Potassium 177mg 4%
Folate, total 40.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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