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Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, we had two restaurants options –a pizza place and a Mexican restaurant. Anything else, we had to go “in to town” to have for dinner. Every time we went to the Mexican restaurant I would beg my parents for the fried ice cream. I remember asking the waiter to tell me how to make it every time. They never would. It was this delicious ball of ice cream, engulfed with a warm, crunchy coating, and then topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry. It was delicious. I could easily eat the entire thing by myself even after stuffing myself with unlimited chips and salsa and consuming a ginormous plate of pollo asado, rice, and beans. I’ve learned since that your brain will always make room for dessert. I believe it.
I actually haven’t had fried ice cream in a long time and one day Andrew and I were talking about it recently. He didn’t understand how ice cream could be fried. I was still stuck on the fact that he had never had it in his life. I mean fried ice cream is one of those things that you must absolutely have at a minimum of once in your life. It’s just that amazing. So, naturally, we had to figure out how to make fried ice cream at home and it was surprisingly way easier than either of us could have initially imagined.
These past few weeks have been insanely hot leaving us to try to beat the heat in as many ways as possible. I’ve been using the crockpot or grill instead of cooking inside, only washing clothes late in the evening, going swimming, and of course sweet, cooling treats like Blue Bunny® ice cream.
We recently drove over to our local Walmart and grabbed some of Blue Bunny®’s brand new clear packaging. We love that you can see the flavor swirls throughout the whole packaging. We allowed our toddler to pick out one flavor and she chose Blue Bunny® Banana Split. We also grabbed Blue Bunny® Peanut Butter Party and Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan. Y’all. This ice cream is the bomb.com. I almost feel like being able to see the flavor swirls made it taste better. It’s a total mind trick. We grabbed some Smucker’s ice cream toppings for an inexpensive way to add in some fun! But the best was making fried ice cream.
Once you have your Blue Bunny® ice cream choices, you just quickly scoop out on a waxed paper lined baking sheet and throw in the freezer. After two hours, roll around in the corn flake mixture, and freeze overnight. Then throw in the deep fryer and serve! It’s really that easy.
You’re then left with delicious soft, cold ice cream wrapped around a crunchy, deep fried delicious mixture of goodness. For a brief few moments, all life’s problems are solved while you eat this and you definitely beat any heat that you’re feeling from Mother Nature.
- Favorite quart of Blue Bunny® ice cream
- 3 cups corn flakes crushed
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- vegetable oil for frying
- Smucker's toppings optional
- Keebler waffle bowls optional
- Homemade Whipped Topping Recipe optional
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Scoop out ice cream into 3 inch balls.
Place in freezer for two hours.
In a shallow dish, combine crushed corn flakes, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Place back on wax lined sheet and place back in the freezer overnight.
*Optional: If not frying right away, place in a sealed bag until ready (up to 3 months).
Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees.
Once temperature is reached, drop balls, one at a time, into the oil for 15 seconds.
Serve immediately in a Keebler waffle bowl or regular bowl.
Top with Smucker's toppings or homemade whipped topping if desired.
We enjoyed this so much! We hope you do as well!
Find even more amazing Blue Bunny® recipes on their website!
Enjoy our short video of the process!