Homemade Fried Ice Cream

There’s no denying that ice cream is the world’s most favorite dessert. With hundreds of flavors and toppings to choose from, you will never run out of options. You can eat your ice cream in a bowl, in a cone, or as a topping for various desserts. But do you know another exciting thing about ice cream? It can be served “fried”.

What? Fried? That’s right!

If it is your first time to hear about “fried” ice cream, I am sure the term itself is very intriguing. You are probably wondering, how in the world can you fry an ice cream when it will surely start melting when taken out of the freezer for a long period of time? What more when it is heated.

The thing is, frying ice cream is really very much possible. It is done quickly, though, just enough to make the shell warm and crispy. But no worries, your ice cream will still be cold as long as you serve it immediately.

If you look up other fried ice cream recipes, you will see that you can actually cheat. What you can do is simply cover a scoop of ice cream with cornflake crumbs that are fried separately. But if you want the real deal, follow this recipe:

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Homemade Fried Ice Cream

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  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x


This Homemade Fried Ice Cream recipe is made from vanilla ice cream, cornflake crumbs, and ground cinnamon. Top it with honey and whipped topping or chocolate drizzle, and you will have a delicious and restaurant-style treat!



1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened)

3 c. crushed cornflakes

4 tsp. ground cinnamon

oil for deep-frying

honey and whipped topping


  1. Arrange 9 scoops of vanilla ice cream on a baking sheet and freeze for about 1 hour or until firm. The longer, the better.
  2. Combine ground cinnamon and cornflake crumbs in a shallow bowl and then roll ice cream balls in the mixture. Put each ball back to the baking sheet and freeze overnight.
  3. Heat oil in an electric skillet. Fry ice cream balls one at a time for about 10 seconds. Put in chilled bowls or serving plate and serve immediately.
  4. If desired, you can top each ice cream ball with honey and whipped topping before serving.


You can drizzle each ice cream ball with chocolate too if you want.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

Can I Use a Different Flavor of Ice Cream?

Definitely! You can replace vanilla ice cream with any flavor that you desire but as much as possible, go for something that can complement the taste of cinnamon and cornflakes. You can also serve your fried ice cream on its own, without any topping. Or, you can follow the tips above regarding the topping. You are also free to use other types of toppings.

Other Tips

The freezing part is really important. You have to make sure that the balls are solid frozen before you fry them. It is also crucial that you bread and cover the entire ice cream ball. Otherwise, it will melt once placed in the skillet or deep fryer.

In case your first fried ice cream ball does not turn out right, don’t be discouraged. But as long as you follow the things that we have said above, the outcome should be good.

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