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This easy fried ice cream recipe gets a bonus flavor boost thanks to your favorite cereal! Easy to make and a fun way to serve ice cream and only four ingredients.

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Fried ice cream is easily one of my all-time favorite desserts. It is a childhood staple for me. I grew up in a super small town in southern California. Food options were limited, but there was one incredible Mexican restaurant that everyone would gather at. 

When we were lucky, we would get to order a dessert with our meal. Never failed, my sisters and I would always opt for the fried ice cream. 

It was so dreamy and delicious. I couldn’t even tell you what the coating was, but it was fried into a golden delicious crust that was warm and paired perfectly with the frozen ice cream center.

Since we no longer live in that area, I wanted to recreate that childhood experience for my own son. Enter: Easy Fried Ice Cream with Cereal!

Honey Bunches of Oats

What You Need:

After a LOT of research, I decided cereal would be the best topping for this Mexican fried ice cream. It is already sweet, the flavor options are endless, and it provided the perfect coating I needed for this decadent treat. 

  • Ice Cream
  • Cereal
  • Eggs
  • Oil

What is the best coating for fried ice cream?

With just four ingredients, the topping is crucial for adding flavor! From my research, a lot of fried recipes already call for cereal as the main coating ingredient. Some add additional spices, like cinnamon, or even sugar.

Cereal in blender

What is the best cereal to use for fried ice cream?

This is a loaded question. We are big cereal fans in our home, so really… What I consider the best is not what my husband would agree with. Here is a list of our top favorite cereal flavors we have tried so far:

  • Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Trix
  • Cocoa Pebbles
  • Kix

While these are our top picks, you can get pretty creative in your choices. We have even tried mixing cereal varieties and changing up the ice cream flavor. 

Vanilla ice cream in scoop

Tips for this recipe:

  • The recipe states to use vanilla ice cream. Do not be afraid to play with other flavors if desired. 
  • Freeze the scoops of ice cream until solid is suggested, but if you work quickly you should be fine to skip that step. 
  • Top your ice cream with whipped cream and drizzles of chocolate. 
  • An ice cream scoop can be a great tool in helping you scoop perfect circles. 

How to make fried ice cream:

  1. Divide your ice cream into five or six ball shapes using an ice cream scoop. Line a plate or small tray with parchment and place your ice cream on top. Freeze 1 hour or until frozen solid.
  2. Place your cereal in a blender or food processor. Pulse until a fine crumb mixture is formed. Transfer to a shallow bowl.
  3. Whip your egg whites until slightly foamy. Roll your ice cream balls in the egg whites followed by the crushed cereal. Freeze 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry each ice cream ball for 20 seconds or until the cereal coating is golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately with whipped cream, chocolate, or caramel sauce.
fried ice cream in bowl with cherry

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Cereal Fried Ice Cream

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes

This easy fried ice cream recipe gets a bonus flavor boost thanks to your favorite cereal! Easy to make and a fun way to serve ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice cream
  • 2 cups cereal, we really enjoy Honey Bunches of Oats
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 quarts oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Divide your ice cream into five or six ball shapes using an ice cream scoop. Line a plate or small tray with parchment and place your ice cream on top. Freeze 1 hour or until frozen solid.
  2. Place your cereal in a blender or food processor. Pulse until a fine crumb mixture is formed. Transfer to a shallow bowl.
  3. Whip your egg whites until slightly foamy. Roll your ice cream balls in the egg whites followed by the crushed cereal. Freeze 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry each ice cream ball for 20 seconds or until the cereal coating is golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately with whipped cream, chocolate, or caramel sauce.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 305gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 268gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

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