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Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe

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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

Yield: 8-12

Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe

Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes



  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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  • Kristy Benight
    May 2, 2017

    Think I’m going to try it Friday for my birthday!!!

  • Amanda
    May 2, 2017

    So much yumminess in this recipe! Thank you for linking up to last weeks Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesday. Don’t forget to link up this week, if you haven’t already!

  • Heidi
    April 30, 2017

    Love fried ice cream! I’ll have to try this recipe for sure!

  • Fried ice cream? Oh my so good! Sorry it took so long to visit – I’ve been off on vacation! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • Kari Wagner
    April 25, 2017

    Well this looks like the closest thing to Heaven here on Earth.

  • tonilea
    May 21, 2016

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

    • Camille
      May 22, 2016

      Yes, you can use Cool Whip or any other brand that’s in the freezer section. 🙂 I personally prefer Truwhip.

  • Kelsey, Tealmama
    April 26, 2016

    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.

  • Miz Helen
    May 12, 2014

    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

  • Antionette Blake
    May 9, 2014

    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!

  • Nici
    May 8, 2014

    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!

  • Judy
    May 13, 2013

    The texture of this dessert is absolutely addictive! Something about the crunchy-creaminess of it ~ Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    May 11, 2013

    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

  • Nancy
    May 9, 2013

    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.

  • Renee
    May 9, 2013

    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.

  • Megan
    May 9, 2013

    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.

  • Lori
    May 8, 2013

    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.

    • Camille
      May 9, 2013

      Hi Lori! I grew up near Ludington, right on the beach! I went to college in Hillsdale, lived in Ann Arbor and St. Clair Shores for a few years before moving to East Lansing to go to law school at MSU. 🙂 I often miss “home” but then I see photos of snow in April!

      • Lori
        May 12, 2013

        Oh, very cool! I’ve been to Ludington for vacation MANY times. And, I also lived in Ann Arbor for several years.

        Speaking of snow here in April – well, now it’s May,and it’s getting down to 32 degrees here tonight. Crazy Michigan!

  • Lane
    May 7, 2013

    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!

  • Katie
    May 6, 2013

    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…

  • Sarah Reid, RHNC (
    May 6, 2013

    This is a GREAT idea, if I get a chance I wanna try this with the kids at school!

  • laurasmess
    May 6, 2013

    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!

  • The Ninja Baker
    May 5, 2013

    Brilliant, Camille! Love fried ice cream but sooo nice not to use a deep fryer and get the same crunch with cereal. Bravo!

  • Cathy
    May 5, 2013

    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!


  • Liz
    May 5, 2013

    How yummy! What a great party dessert!! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  • Diana
    May 5, 2013

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

  • Katy
    May 5, 2013

    Great new way to serve ice cream, I love it!

  • Paula
    May 5, 2013

    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!

  • Nicole
    May 5, 2013

    Oh my yum. Your fried ice cream turned out so pretty!! This looks fantastic.

  • Jen
    May 5, 2013

    I have been waiting all week for this recipe! I cannot wait to try this!

  • Jennifer
    May 5, 2013

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love with this recipe!! I love fried ice cream and I love that you didn’t fry it!!

  • Jennifer B
    May 5, 2013

    I just had some fried ice cream when I was out to dinner the other night. It’s one of my favorite desserts!

  • Nice way to serve this ice cream treat, Camille!

  • Shannon
    May 5, 2013

    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.