Vanilla ice cream with a crunchy coating. Serve with whipped cream, honey, and cherries.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Scoop ice cream into 8 - 1/2 cup sized balls. Place on baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

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  • In a shallow dish, combine cornflakes and cinnamon. In another dish, beat egg whites until foamy. Roll ice cream balls in egg whites, then in cornflakes, covering ice cream completely. Repeat if necessary. Freeze again until firm, 3 hours.

  • In deep fryer or large, heavy saucepan, heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Using a basket or slotted spoon, fry ice cream balls 1 or 2 at a time, for 10 to 15 seconds, until golden. Drain quickly on paper towels and serve immediately.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

371.8 calories; 4.4 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 29 mg cholesterol; 149.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2005
MY OPINION: Ditch the corn flakes and substitute crushed vanilla wafers and you'll like this MUCH better. Also... Use peanut oil instead of veggie oil since it has about a 50 degree higher flash point and you can fry these babies quicker at higher temp for less ice cream melt. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/13/2010
there's no point in frying these... cinnamon sugar and crushed cornflakes. combine and roll your iceream in it. ChiChi's didn't call this "fried" icecream in quotations for nothing:\ Read More
(18)
206 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 143
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2005
MY OPINION: Ditch the corn flakes and substitute crushed vanilla wafers and you'll like this MUCH better. Also... Use peanut oil instead of veggie oil since it has about a 50 degree higher flash point and you can fry these babies quicker at higher temp for less ice cream melt. Read More
(452)
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2004
I used to work at a mexican restaurant that made these... We used corn syrup to coat the ice cream balls... Read More
(370)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2004
This was one of the best desserts I have ever made. I made "bowls" out of small flour tortillas by pushing the centers of them slightly down into muffin tins and spacing them out so they weren't touching. Then I sprayed them with cooking spray, and baked them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes (when the edges started to brown). They held their shape and didn't crack. We enjoyed eating "the bowls" as much as the ice cream! I topped them with caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. I will make this very often! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I looked and looked for this recipe. Thanks for making it available. I served this at a Tex-Mex dinner party, I must say it was a hit! However instead of plain Cornflakes I used Honey & Nut Cornflakes and tripled the amount of cinnamon. I put the Cornflakes in a blender to crush them, (only took a few mintues). I served it on a tortillas that were brushed with melted butter on each side, warmed in frying pan and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Then I topped it all will Carmel and/or Butterscotch Topping. Delicious!!! Best Desset I've had in a long time. Read More
(146)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
Since I moved to a small town, I haven't been able to get true fried ice cream. The Mexican restaurants here simply roll the ice cream in corn flakes. This recipe was so EASY and exactly as I remember real fried ice cream. I have been searching for this recipe and I am SO glad it was submitted! I do have one suggestion, though: buy the box of corn flake crumbs (it's next to bread crumbs in the grocery store). The crumbs are so much finer than you could make at home, and it makes a much better coating. I did dip the ice cream twice - you must have a really good coating for it to fry right. I will make this again and again and again......THANK YOU!!! Read More
(105)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
*** Crush the corn flakes in a blender and substitute about 1/3 volume with CRUSHED VANILLA WAFERS. It makes this 10 times better! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2012
I enjoy fried ice cream very much. It is one of my favorite desserts. Although this recipe is very similar to what you would get at a Mexican restaurant, I've found a way to make this dessert without frying it and with much more flavor. In a medium heat skillet, I combine 1/4 cup butter, 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut, 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup flour. I stir everything until crumbly and golden brown. Then, I let it all cool down. I make the ice cream balls and roll them in the crumbly mixture and put them in the freezer covered until ready to serve. Then, I drizzle them with honey. I think this way is easier and has a lot more flavor. Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2006
This is a great recipe! I have had fried ice cream several times at a tex-mex restaurant and have been looking for a recipe that is like theirs'. I've found it! I recommend rolling the ice cream balls in the crushed flakes twice. I also find it easier to form the balls the evening before and freeze them overnight before you roll them in coating. My husband has never had fried ice cream and loved this!! 5 Stars! Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2009
Try using Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal instead of Corn Flakes. Also, the reason why it fell apart for some people was because you didn't freeze the ice cream long enough. The best way to make fried ice cream is to prepare it the day before you plan on frying it. This way your cereal coated ice cream balls are nice and frozen. Also do the egg dip/cereal dip thing twice. Here is how it should be done: 1. Freeze the plain ice cream balls for 1-2 hours. 2. Dip in non-whipped beaten egg and roll in the cereal/cinnamon mixture. The freeze for 1-2 hours. 3. Dip in the beaten egg again and roll in the cereal/cinnamon mixture again and freeze for several hours (overnight is good) 4. Deep fry the cereal coated ice cream balls for 5 - 10 seconds. 5. Drizzle with honey and chocolate syrup. Top with whipped cream and a cherry. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/13/2010
there's no point in frying these... cinnamon sugar and crushed cornflakes. combine and roll your iceream in it. ChiChi's didn't call this "fried" icecream in quotations for nothing:\ Read More
(18)