Fried Ice Cream with Cereal Crust

Hot and crunchy on the outside, cold and creamy on the inside -- these cereal-crusted ice cream balls are the perfect project for someone with a sweet tooth. Choose one of the fun combinations below and start cooking.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr (includes freezing time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Cinnamon Cereal and Rocky Road:

4 cups (1 quart) rocky road ice cream

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 large eggs

6 cups cinnamon-flavored cereal, such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Fruity Cereal and Vanilla:

4 cups (1 quart) vanilla ice cream

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 large eggs

6 cups fruit flavored cereal, such as Fruity Pebbles

Puffed Grain Cereal and Strawberry:

4 cups (1 quart) strawberry ice cream

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 cups puffed grain cereal, such as Kix

6 large eggs

Fried Ice Cream:

Vegetable oil, for frying


Special equipment:
a deep fat fry thermometer
  1. Freeze a baking sheet until very cold, at least 1 hour.
  2. Use a 2-inch ice cream scoop and scoop 6 balls of ice cream from your desired flavor combination onto the cold baking sheet. Freeze until the ice cream is rock solid, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, set up a breading station with 3 shallow dishes: Put the flour into the first dish. Beat the eggs together in the second dish. Put the cereal from your desired flavor combination into a third dish; use the bottom of a measuring cup to crush into fine crumbs.
  4. Remove 1 scoop of ice cream from the freezer. Coat in the flour while using your hands to shape it into a perfect ball. Dip the ball in the egg, letting any excess drip off, then coat completely in the cereal. Repeat this breading process 3 more times, and return the ball to the baking sheet in the freezer. Bread the remaining ice cream scoops. Freeze until rock solid, about 2 hours of up to overnight.
  5. For the fried ice cream: Fill a large heavy-bottomed pot with about 3 inches of oil and attach a deep-fry thermometer to the side. Bring to 375 degrees F over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels. Remove the ice cream balls from the freezer and, careful of the hot oil splashing, gently slide them into the oil with a slotted spoon. Fry until the cereal is golden brown and crispy, about 30 seconds. The ice cream will still be frozen and easy to slice without melting. Use the slotted spoon to transfer the balls to the prepared plate and let drain. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.