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How to Make Deep Fried Ice Cream Balls at Home

Updated on March 24, 2017
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Fried Ice-cream dessert with coconut layer.
Fried Ice-cream dessert with coconut layer. | Source

Fried Ice Cream Dessert

Fried ice cream is a unique and mouth-watering dessert. It is crisp and hot on the outside, and cold and meltingly soft on the inside. It is easy to make this sweet dessert, although it does require some forward planning and space in your freezer.

Top Tips For the Best Fried Ice Cream

Allow sufficient time.
This is not a last-minute desert. You will need to start preparing the components at least three to four hours before you want to eat the finished desert.
Use a good-quality vanilla ice cream.
This is a very simple desert and the flavor of the ice cream must be strong enough to provide contrast to the crisp outer shell. A full fat vanilla dairy ice cream with no additives would be an ideal choice.
Make sure you have cleared sufficient space in the freezer to hold your ice cream balls before you start making them.
Timing is crucial when handling ice cream. If you make the scoops and then have to fuss around sorting out freezer space, they will start to melt and lose their shape.

Deep Fried Ice Cream Balls with Cinnamon and Corn Flakes

This recipe uses corn flakes as the basis for the coating. Some people prefer this to a tempura. It is a good way to use up opened packets of breakfast cereal that have lost their original crispness. By using corn flakes in this recipe, the frying re-crisps the cereal and gives the ice cream a good crunchy coating.

The following recipe makes enough for 4 to 6 people. You should allow 4 to 5 hours in total to make it. This includes the freezer time as well as the prep time (30 minutes) and frying time (30 seconds).


  • 1 quart quality vanilla ice cream
  • 4 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ghee or vegetable oil, for frying

How to Make Fried Ice Cream

Recipe Instructions

  1. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, place balls of ice cream, evenly spaced on the parchment paper. I like the Good Living Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop. It has a release lever so that the ice cream forms into balls easily and it is a low price.
  2. Put the entire baking sheet with the ice cream balls into the freezer. Leave them there for between one and two hours until the ice cream is very hard.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the crushed cornflakes, shredded coconut, cinnamon and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until they have syrupy consistency. Gently fold in the sugar.
  5. Take each rock hard ice cream ball and dip it in the egg white mixture. Then roll it in the cornflake and coconut mixture.
  6. Return each ball onto the parchment sheet and return the baking sheet to the freezer. Leave it there for another one to two hours until the coating has also frozen rock hard.
  7. If you like a really thick coating on your fried ice cream, then you should repeat this step. i.e. Roll the ice cream balls in egg white and corn flake mix and refreeze for a second time.
  8. When you are ready to eat this dessert, heat the oil (or Ghee) in a fryer pan. Once the oil has reached 400°Fahrenheit, remove the ice cream balls from the freezer and deep fry them in the oil for just 30 seconds.
  9. Remove the fried ice cream balls as soon as they turn golden brown and place them to drain for a moment on some kitchen towel.
  10. Serve immediately. The hot crisp outer shell makes a great contrast to the cold soft ice cream on the inside.

How to Make Deep Fried Ice Cream

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Tempura battered deep fried ice cream in a Thai restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tempura battered deep fried ice cream in a Thai restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts. | Source

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Tempura Batter

One variation on making deep fried ice cream balls is to use a tempura batter instead of crushed cornflake and egg. Hime Tempura Batter Mix is a good short-cut if you haven't time to make a batter from scratch. You can also experiment with different spices and flavors. The video below shows a recipe for fried ice cream balls using a tempura batter with a nutella and caramel flavoring.

Nutrition Info from "Fat secret (dot) com"

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 50g
Calories 134
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 11 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 115 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Quick and Easy Mexican Style With Bread Instead of Tempura

For a really easy way to make deep fried ice cream, take a look at the next video. Instead of making a batter or tempura, this recipe uses a slice of bread wrapped around a scoop of ice cream and then fried.

1. You need to use really hard frozen ice cream balls.

2. The bread slices must be soft and fresh so that they can be easily molded around the ice cream.

3. Make sure your frying fat is really hot and then you can cook.

4. Into the hot fat the bread wrapped ice cream balls go ... And hey presto a delicious desert or snack is made in double quick time.

Who Invented Deep Fried Ice Cream?

Several nations lay claim to be the inventors of deep fried ice cream. There are many recipes for this dish which vary according to each nation’s taste. Many people say this dessert is of Mexican or Asian origin. However, the food history website Food Timeline has only been able to find references to fried ice cream in American 20th century cookbooks.

Food Timeline suggests the dish was created as a quicker version of a Baked Alaska. Deep fried ice cream is finished on a hob or gas ring, rather than needing an oven. However, it is not really a fast food if you include the prep time for forming the ice cream into balls.

Fried Ice Cream Recipe Without Frying

For anyone who wants to enjoy fried ice cream balls, but without the fat from the frying pan, you can try the following.

Shape the ice cream into balls as in the original recipe.

Roll them in honey and then cover them all over in crushed corn flakes.

Return then to the freezer until just before serving.

Serve with a hot sauce made from melted dark chocolate.



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