Fried Ice Cream

This no fry Fried Ice Cream is sweet, delicious and crunchy! Such an easy summer dessert the whole family will enjoy with step by step instructions!

Fried Ice Cream on a white plate.

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Fried Ice Cream half eaten on a white plate with a spoon.

Do you love fried ice cream at your local Mexican restaurant? If so, you'll want to try this easy no fry version at home!

Every time I think of fried ice cream, I think of birthday celebrations at a local restaurant here in Minnesota, Mexican Village. They always gifted it for free when you ate there on the day of your birthday when I was growing up.

It was always such a delicious birthday dessert. I don't really eat there anymore since I prefer to frequent more authentic restaurants, but it's a great treat to make at home for my girls, without actually frying it.

The outside of this fried ice cream is sweet and crunchy, and the inside smooth and creamy. We love to top it with whipped cream and cherries, but sometimes add chocolate syrup or honey too.

It's always great to use your favorite vanilla ice cream. You can even try it with some other flavors if you're feeling adventurous. This dessert is great for celebrating birthdays at home. Just stick a candle on top like a cake and make a wish before blowing it out.

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How to make:

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Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • The ice cream will melt quickly, so I recommend having a parchment paper covered plate or baking sheet, prepared and chilled before the ice cream balls are made, so they can quickly be transferred to that plate/sheet and moved to the freezer before they melt too much.
  • Forming the ice cream balls can be uncomfortable, so it may be a good idea to use plastic kitchen gloves. If you skip the gloves, work quickly and run your hands under warm water when done.
  • The ice cream balls do not need to be perfect. They can be pretty roughly shaped. It’s more important to work quickly so it doesn’t melt.
  • Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three days.

Fried Ice Cream on a white plate.

More cold sweets recipes you might like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use cinnamon ice cream instead of vanilla
  • use brown sugar instead of granulated
  • use frosted flakes instead of corn flakes

three Fried Ice Creams on a white plate.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Fried Ice Cream
Yield 4 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Cook time
5 Min
Inactive time
1 Hour
Total time
1 H & 20 M

Fried Ice Cream


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • whipped cream, chocolate syrup, honey, cinnamon, maraschino cherries, for topping, optional


  1. Measure out 1 cup of the ice cream and form it into a ball with clean hands.
  2. Place on a parchment paper lined plate or baking sheet, then repeat this process with the remaining ice cream to form 4 ice cream balls. Freeze the ice cream balls until firm.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the crushed corn flakes and ground cinnamon to the skillet and stir to coat with the melted butter.
  4. Pan fry the corn flake mixture over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until golden brown, stirring often. Remove from the heat and cool completely to room temperature.
  5. Roll the ice cream balls in the cooled corn flake mixture to coat well. Return the ice cream balls to the freezer until you’re ready to serve.
  6. Just before serving, top with the toppings of your choice, such as chocolate syrup, honey, a dash of cinnamon, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.


Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three days.

Nutrition Facts




23.06 g

Sat. Fat

15 g


55.52 g


1.69 g

Net carbs

53.86 g


36 g


6.23 g


323.22 mg


80.66 mg

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