Learn the secrets to make deep fried ice cream at home. Delicious ice cream, crispy coating and your favorite toppings make this amazing.

Fried Ice Cream on a white plate topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Deep fried ice cream

Enjoy this easy restaurant style fried ice cream at home for a fraction of the menu price. My kids always want to order this and it adds up when you have a big family. Plus, it is so convenient being able to make this anytime the craving strikes.

The secret is the crispy cereal coating which makes each bite delicious. We used corn flakes but you can try cinnamon toast crunch for extra cinnamon flavor. I can’t wait for you to try this. It is the best dessert.

Once the kids find out you can make this at home, they are going to be so excited! This is such a great example of getting to enjoy your favorite things at home. Plus, you will create lasting memories of making and eating this together as a family.

Fried Ice Cream on a white plate topped with whipped cream and a cherry with more cherries behind it

Let’s get started!

Your kids will definitely think you are the best once you make this at home!

Ingredients to make fried ice cream: ice cream, corn flakes cereal, butter, cinnamon and an ice cream scoop

Ingredients:

 

  • vanilla ice cream
  • corn flakes cereal – You can use any cereal you prefer. Also try: frosted flakes and cinnamon toast crunch. We have even used fruity pebbles and cocoa pebbles for something different.
  • unsalted butter
  • ground cinnamon
  • Toppings, optional
  • Whipped cream 
  • Hot fudge or chocolate topping. Caramel is good too! 
  • Maraschino cherries
Fried Ice Cream on a white plate topped with whipped cream and a cherry. There is another plate in the back ground with more fried ice cream topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

How to make fried ice cream:

First step- The ice cream needs to soften so go ahead and take this out of the freezer. Usually 30 minutes is all it takes.

Second, get the baking sheet ready that will fit in your freezer. Line it with parchment paper to make cleanup easy. You will thank me later so don’t skip this step.

Next, put the corn flakes in a large ziplock bag to crush with a rolling pin. You can also use a food processor if you have one. Either will work fine. You just want the corn flakes into fine crumbs.

4 photos showing the process to make this recipe: 1st photo shows a bowl with cereal and cinnamon in.  The 2nd photo shows the butter being melted in the skillet. The 3rd photo shows the cereal mixture being stirred into the melted butter.  The 4th photo shows the cereal mixture after it has been cooked and is golden brown.

 

Place the cornflake crumbs in a bowl and add the cinnamon. Stir to combine. 

Melt the butter in a skillet. Stir in the crushed cereal and cook until golden brown. This only takes a couple of minutes. Make sure to watch this closely because you do not want the mixture to burn. 

Add this mixture to a large bowl and let cool.

By now the ice cream should be ready to scoop. Use your ice cream scooper to scoop this and your hands to form into balls. Place on the baking sheet you got out earlier. 

 

3 photos - the 1st photo showing ice cream scooped onto a cookie sheet.  The 2nd photo shows the ice cream being rolled in the cereal mixture and the final photo shows all the ice cream balls coated in cereal on the cookie sheet.

Each ice cream ball needs to be rolled and coated in the cereal mixture. Gently press the corn flake coating into the ice cream as you roll and place on the baking sheet.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer until ready to serve.

Finally, serve and enjoy! You can top with all of your favorite toppings. We love whipped cream, cherries, caramel sauce and hot fudge.  

Yum! It doesn’t get any better than this. It is one of our favorite desserts.

Fried Ice Cream on a white plate topped with whipped cream and a cherry. There is 1 bite taken out of the ice cream and there is another fried ice cream on a plate behind it as well.

Make this recipe today and enjoy fried ice cream at home. The corn flake mixture makes this taste so authentic and delicious. It is crispy and the best comfort food.

Give this a try and let us know how it turns out for you. It is so easy and a really fun treat to make at home!

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Fried Ice Cream

5 from 2 votes
Learn the secrets to make deep fried ice cream at home. Delicious ice cream, crispy coating and your favorite toppings make this amazing.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 423
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 6 cups corn flakes cereal
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Toppings optional
  • Whip cream or whipped topping thawed
  • Hot fudge or chocolate topping
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions

  • Set ice cream out to soften about 30 minutes
  • Line a baking sheet, that will fit in freezer, with parchment paper
  • Add corn flakes to a large resealable bag to crush or use a food processor
  • Use a rolling pin to crush cereal into fine crumbs
  • Add crumbs and cinnamon to medium bowl and stir to combine
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat
  • Stir in crushed cereal and cinnamon and cook until golden brown and fragrant about 2-3 minutes. Watch closely so the mixture doesn’t burn
  • Remove from heat and add to large bowl, allow to cool
  • Scoop ice cream with a scoop, form into balls with your hands and place on prepared baking sheet
  • Roll ice cream balls in cereal mixture, press into ice cream slightly and return to baking sheet
  • Return to freezer until ready to serve
  • To serve, add whip cream, chocolate, and cherry, if desired

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of cereal for a new flavor - cinnamon toast crunch would be great

Nutrition Facts

Calories 423kcal, Carbohydrates 46g, Protein 6g, Fat 25g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 52mg, Sodium 382mg, Potassium 279mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 1382IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 162mg, Iron 6mg

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