Fried Ice Cream

Total Time:
43 min
20 min
3 min
20 min

4 to 8 servings

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup crushed frosted cornflakes
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, or 1 cup chopped walnuts, or 1 cup cookie crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Hot chocolate sauce, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional

With an ice cream scoop, form 4 large balls of ice cream. Place on a waxed paper lined sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

In a bowl, combine the cornflake crumbs with either the coconut, walnuts or cookie crumbs (or any combination). Spread the mixture in a shallow dish.

Dip the ice cream balls in the crumb mixture and freeze for 30 minutes.

In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Dip the coated ice cream balls into the eggs, then roll in the crumb mixture, coating completely. Freeze for 1 hour. (If necessary, or for a thicker crust, roll again in eggs and crumbs until the balls are completely coated.)

Heat the oil in a large pot or fryer to 400 degrees F. One at a time, lower the balls into the oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the oil and place in a dessert bowl. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and whipped cream, as desired. Repeat with the remaining ice cream.

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    Fun recipe to make! Not one to do at the last minute...but, a keeper. 
    Great recipe. I made a few changes to make it work for me. Rather than freezing the ice cream balls first, I created the ice cream balls and rolled them in the topping immediately. They stuck to the ice cream a lot easier because it was a bit softer. Then the second time I used the egg wash. For my topping, I mixed hard sugar cookies, frosted flakes, and coconut and used cinnamon in the egg wash. Great!
    These were really great. It was a lot easier than I expected it to be. I can't wait to make it again.
    I'll have to say, the hardest part about this recipe was waiting for the oil to reach 400, though I only cooked them for about 15 seconds. I made this for a group of 4 and it worked out perfectly. I didn't manage to screw up one thing. Thank you Emeril. You're the greatest, and I can always count on you to make me look competent in the kitchen.
    Easy to make...loved it. I used frosted flakes and crushed vanilla wafers and added cinnimin to the sugar/egg mixture and it was fantastic.
    this is a great recipe and always a crowd pleaser...i add some cinnamon to the corn flakes/coconut mixture and it adds a bit more bite! love this!
    Not quite restaurant quality but deffinatley good. I reduced frying time to 15 secs per previous review which seemed to be a good time. I also left out the cookie part and just coated with frosted flakes. I topped with strawberries instead of chocolate sauce.
    I used Haagan Daaz Bailey's ice cream instead... Awesome!
    after reading "fried" and "ice cream" as the name i thought what could be better? big dissapointment. the ice cream was hard to handle and ended up just tasting like normal ice cream. not impressed.
    This was so wonderful. Everyone at my Cinco De Mayo party loved it!
    This recipe was fun and easy to make.
    I used chocolate chip pecan sandies for my cookies and my children loved it.
    A bit of labor.... .worth every bit of work when you eat it. Great stuff.
    Instead of BBQ we chose a Mexican theme for the 4th of July celebration, and this was the only dessert I wanted to serve and make on my own. It was a hit. I didn't make enough because I didn't know if anyone would like it but the licked the bowls.
    I love fried ice cream and this recipe is very easy, and adaptable.
    I had to make this for a school project and for me to say that I dont cook is an understantmemt! This recipe is so easy and really great to enjoy later!
    This is a great recipe. Turned out great and tasted even better.
    i think it melts after 30 seconds i found 15 was perfect
    I went to the same place for fried ice cream every time until now! I tried this and home is now our favorite place to go for fried ice cream! It was a hit with everybody in the family!
    i was anxious to try this, but afraid i would get deep fried ice cream soup...

    but i was happily surprised at how well it worked. i definately fried it under 30 seconds, though.

    make sure you follow all directions such as keeping it frozen long enough, and work fast as you roll on topping!
    It was Great!!!
    This is the closest to the real thing that can rarely be found in great mexican restaurants!!!

    Easy and great tasting....I use honey for the topping vs. chocolate.
    s tastes very good it's great! I love it
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