Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream


A fun way to serve ice cream, this unfried ice cream recipe is super easy, fast and delicious. Prepare it ahead of time and keep in the freezer to serve at your next party!

If your kids are like mine…… don’t usually have to twist their arm to get them to help make dessert.

Tell them it involves rolling ice cream into balls with their hands……and giggles are sure to follow!!


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It’s been years since I had fried ice cream, but I remember how much I loved it!!  Good news is, I love this unfried  ice cream just as much! Although different (and definitely not fried) it’s an easy way to prepare a yummy dessert with a delicious crunchy topping. Serve it topped with whipped cream, drizzled with honey, and with a little fresh fruit for effect.

This unfried ice cream is easy as pie to make and oh so good!


Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream


  • 3 cups toasted cinnamon cereal, coarsely crushed
  • 4 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping, heated


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Arrange cereal on aluminum-foil-lined baking sheet and bake 5 minutes or until crunchy; cool completely.
  3. Shape Ice Cream into 16 1/4 cup balls, then freeze 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Evenly coat Ice Cream with cereal, then freeze until ready to serve.
  5. Arrange Ice Cream on plate and drizzle with caramel ice cream topping. Garnish with whipped cream.


Freeze time 1 hour

Variations: You could also try this with Honey Nut Cherrios, Corn Flakes , Golden Grahams, or just experiment on your own!

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One bite…….and you will think this is really fried ice cream!!

*You could also try this with Honey Nut Cherrios, Corn Flakes , Golden Grahams, or just experiment on your own!

It may not be “fried” but this sure is an easy way to prepare a yummy dessert with a delicious crunchy topping.

Kids in the Kitchen:

what little ones can do to help with this recipe

  • crush cereal
  • preheat oven
  • roll ice cream balls
  • carry to freezer
  • drizzle with caramel topping
  • squeeze whipped cream to garnish

Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!


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32 Responses to “Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream”

  1. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 am (#

    Oh wow, Cheryl! Fried ice cream is one of my favorite tex-mex desserts, and I never would have thought of this (probably) healthier alternative. So much easier too!

  2. Angie-Bigbearswife posted on March 28, 2011 at 9:26 am (#

    Yum! They look great! I love your “Kids in the Kitchen” List you have on the posts!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Paula posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:01 am (#

    I’ve never seen these before but they sure look like a fun treat!

  4. Jenny posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:04 am (#

    We love to make this, only we top ours with my Dad’s honey. Delish!

  5. Lynn from For Love or Funny posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:18 am (#

    One of these days, I’ve GOT to try fried ice cream!

  6. Theresa posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:38 am (#

    I make “fried” ice cream pretty much just like this but I put cinnamon and a little sugar with the cereal. and I’ve always made big balls and place it on a fried and then dipped in cinn/sugar tortilla. garnish with whip cream and honey, chocolate, or carmel. It is awesome! But I really like the idea of these little ones. EASY :) Thanks for the new idea on an old fave of mine.

  7. Jane Doiron posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:39 am (#

    Great recipe! I will definitely make it when the weather gets warmer! Feel free to add this to my Monday Blog Hop! :)

  8. the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:53 am (#

    oh my goodness, what an excellent idea! Sounds absolutely delicious.

  9. Angela S posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am (#

    I’m having a mexican fiesta themed party for my sister this weekend! I think I’ll make these for part of the dessert. Yum!

  10. Lindsey posted on March 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm (#

    I love fried ice cream, so I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. Cookbook Queen posted on March 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm (#

    YUM!! I’ve never had fried ice cream, and it sounds a bit scary to make. This sounds MUCH easier.

  12. bridget {bake at 350} posted on March 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm (#

    Oh, I love it! It looks so easy and YUMMY!!!

  13. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on March 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm (#

    Amazing! What a fun idea… I definitely have to give this a try :)

  14. Tabitha posted on March 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm (#

    Oooh! Looks so good I’m definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  15. sweetsugarbelle posted on March 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#

    I love this idea! I’m really excited to try this! My kiddos will be so happy! They love to you recipes.that work very well for me :-) I’m hooked.on your cake mix.fix. its really been a lifesaver for me!

  16. Erin @ Making Memories posted on March 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm (#

    This is fantastic! I love fried ice cream and my kids love to make a mess. This is a win-win recipe =o)

  17. Renee (kudos kitcheen posted on March 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm (#

    What an easy and fun idea! Just think of all the different possibilities here.

  18. Emily@SoDomesticated posted on March 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm (#

    Love this idea… what a fun way to get the kiddos in the kitchen!

  19. Tracy posted on March 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm (#

    These sound like so much fun to make! What a great treat!

  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on March 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm (#

    What a great idea!! We introduced our girls to the “real deal” fried ice cream just a couple months ago – they were in love!

  21. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm (#

    I used to love cinnamon toast crunch! This is such a great idea, and so easy too.

  22. Mama Kelly aka Jia posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm (#

    Fried ice cream without the frying. I love it!!!!

  23. Aggie posted on March 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm (#

    oh my gosh, what a treat this is!! I love the crunchy coating. I have to save this for a night with the kids, seriously, this is great! love it!

  24. Cathy posted on March 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm (#

    What a great idea! I will be trying this soon!

  25. Diane {} posted on March 29, 2011 at 1:54 am (#

    Those look so good, and sound fun and easy!!! Wonderful idea!!

  26. Daniela posted on March 29, 2011 at 3:39 am (#

    What a fun idea! Gotta save that for our next ice cream party :)


  27. naomi posted on March 30, 2011 at 9:48 am (#

    Great kid recipe. But seriously I might have them do all the work and then enjoy them all by myself. Ilove recipe!!!

  28. this blessed nest posted on March 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm (#

    omg. slurp. is all i can say.

    i totally missed this post. what a great idea! love cinnamon, carmel & vanilla together. always a good thing!

    my oldest & i could totally do this recipe together. it’s a good one!


  29. Amanda posted on April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm (#

    These are so fun!!! You rock!

  30. Amie posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:11 am (#

    Love it! I grew up eating Fried Ice Cream, can’t wait to try this with the kids!

  31. WenDee Riffe posted on April 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm (#

    this is really a neat idea!! sounds good toooooo~!


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