Fried Ice Cream for a Party

Fried Ice cream is one of my all time favorite desserts! But a deep fried ice cream recipe just seems like a bit much even for me.

So I fake it instead.

A vanilla ice cream mixture is enveloped by a crunchy cereal crust creating an amazing fried ice cream look alike that is perfect for a crowd!

Fried Ice Cream Recipe

Since moving to the Southwest over a decade ago, I’ve quite improved my knowledge of Mexican and Southern American foods.   I still remember the first time a waiter asked me if I wanted my enchiladas red or green.

I love cooking food from south of the border including refried beansguacamole, and even sangria.  But what I really want when I eat Mexican food is fried ice cream.

Yup, very authentic!

Fried Ice Cream Dessert

Actually frying ice cream is a bit further than I want to go, but this fried ice cream recipe tastes just like you did just that! Plus it’s perfect to make for a party or potluck – if you want to share.

I’ve made this fried ice cream recipe using both homemade whipped cream and a store bought container of whipped cream. It works either way.

Make sure to leave enough time to let the fried ice cream really freeze up. After 4 hours in the freezer I could serve it but it was still soft.  Overnight, though, it is perfect.

I think this would be a lot of fun as part of “Fried Ice Cream Bar” with lots of different toppings like honey, chocolate sauce, or strawberry and extra whipped cream.

Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe


Yields 8-12

Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe

20 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 20 Total Time

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  1. Set out ice cream to soften.
  2. Put frosted flakes in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  3. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add 3 cups crushed frosted flakes and 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the pan. Stir to coat the cereal in the butter. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often, until the cereal is lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  4. Put half the cereal on the bottom of a baking pan. A 9 x 13 will create a thinner ice cream and a square 8 x 8 or 9x9 will result in higher, thicker servings.
  5. In a large bowl, add softened ice cream, whipped cream, and 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon until soft and spreadable. Add in caramel sauce, as desired, and mix in.
  6. Spread the ice cream mixture over the frosted flake crumbs in the baking dish. Cover the ice cream with the remaining frosted flake mixture.
  7. Cover with foil and freeze for at least 4 hours but overnight is best.



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58 comments on “Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe

  1. tonilea on said:

    Maybe I am really dumb, but what is frozen whipped cream? Are you talking about Cool Whip?

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love fried ice cream, but am always way too full to order it when we go out. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. We are going to love your Fried Ice Cream, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  4. This is a great recipe for any time! Thank you for coming back to share with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!
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  5. This fried ice-cream sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of making it for a crowd! Awesome idea! I’d love for you to link this up to my new Creative Ways Link Party when you get a chance. Hope to see you and this yummy ice cream at the party! Have a wonderful week and a delightful Mother’s Day!
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  11. The texture of this dessert is absolutely addictive! Something about the crunchy-creaminess of it ~ Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂
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  12. We just love Fried Ice Cream, yum! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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  13. I would never attempt to deep fry ice cream at home so thanks for sharing this ingenious way to recreate it. It looks awesome! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it if this were in front of me.

  14. What crunchy ice cream goodness! Fried ice cream is one of my husband favorites and yet I would never attempt to deep fry ice cream. Thanks for sharing this recipe so I can surprise him and some friends with it. What a great dessert for entertaining.
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  15. WOW how smart is this! I love love love it. Now I am craving fried ice cream lol! I never thought to use cereal instead. Awesome job.
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  16. Looks even better than the “real thing” from restaurants, in my opinion!

    I see in your “about me” that you grew up in Michigan! What area? I live in Ferndale.
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  17. What a great idea to make it in a pan. I remember having this in college, our chef made it, and it probably would have been much easier for him to do it like this. Very fun for a fiesta!
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  18. Oh my goodness, this dessert has my heart! I love that you get the texture and crunch of fried ice cream, but with reduced guilt! I have to try this…
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  20. This is a GREAT idea, if I get a chance I wanna try this with the kids at school!
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  21. Gorgeous post Camille (I’m liking this Cinco de Mayo thing, it’s helping me find lots of awesome blogs!). I’m not sure if this is an Australian thing, but I’ve always associated fried ice-cream with Chinese restaurants rather than Mexican! I do love it though, and this version using cereal is probably a bit healthier than the deep fried one 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to have a look at your other recipes!
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  22. Brilliant, Camille! Love fried ice cream but sooo nice not to use a deep fryer and get the same crunch with cereal. Bravo!

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  24. Yum! Pinned!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!


  25. How yummy! What a great party dessert!! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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  26. Diana on said:

    OMGoodness, this looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this Camille… just pinned it- YUM!!!!! 😉

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  28. Great new way to serve ice cream, I love it!
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  31. I remember seeing a recipe for fried ice cream balls in a book years ago, but nothing like this recipe. So much easier and delicious! No wonder everyone liked it so much!
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  34. Oh my yum. Your fried ice cream turned out so pretty!! This looks fantastic.
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  35. I have been waiting all week for this recipe! I cannot wait to try this!
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  38. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love with this recipe!! I love fried ice cream and I love that you didn’t fry it!!
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  39. I just had some fried ice cream when I was out to dinner the other night. It’s one of my favorite desserts!
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  41. Nice way to serve this ice cream treat, Camille!
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  53. I love fried ice cream! I like to top it with cinnamon and honey. This looks like an awesome option to try! Thanks for sharing it.