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Fried Ice Cream topped with whipped cream and a cherry, with a spoonful missing.
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Fried Ice Cream

Do you love the Fried Ice Cream often served at Mexican restaurants? Now you can make it at home with this easy homemade fried ice cream recipe! Vanilla ice cream balls rolled in a crispy corn flake coating that has been "fried" in butter and seasoned with cinnamon. Add your favorite ice cream toppings and you have a deliciously fun dessert!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Jill


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups corn flakes cereal crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Toppings: chocolate sauce, whipped cream and maraschino cherries


  • Measure one cup of ice cream and use your clean hands to quickly form it into a ball. Immediately place the ice cream ball in the freezer on a plate and repeat the process with the remaining ice cream until four total ice cream balls have been formed. Keep the ice cream in the freezer while you move on to the next steps.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn flakes and cinnamon to the pan and stir well until coated in the butter.
  • Cook the corn flakes, stirring constantly, until the cereal turns a light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.
  • Place the corn flake mixture into a shallow dish and cool completely.
  • Once the coating is coolled, roll the ice cream balls in the coating, pressing so that it sticks well to the ice cream balls.
  • Place the ice cream balls on a clean plate and put them back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until frozen solid.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.