“Fried” Ice Cream Dessert

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Fried Ice Cream Dessert is one of my favorite desserts ever! There’s no deep-frying involved with this version, just a quick pan-fry to make the amazing crust that coats a dreamy, cinnamon ice cream combo!

Fried Ice Cream Dessert Summer has officially begun in my book. We were soaring high in 106 degree temperatures over the weekend, so I thought I was going to die of heat stroke…. or sweat to death. Looks like we’ll be spending a lot more time at the lake this year 🙂

With all the heat, I thought an ice cream treat was in order. Luckily, I had all the ingredients to make this amazing Fried Ice Cream Dessert. It is one of my favorite desserts ever! There’s no deep-frying involved with this version, just a quick pan-fry to make the amazing crust that coats a dreamy, cinnamon ice cream combo! Gah! SO. GOOD! Serve it with drizzles of chocolate syrup and caramel sauce, and you’ll be transported to heaven 😉

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"Fried" Ice Cream Dessert

Prep Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 12
Author Holly


  • 3 cups crushed Corn Flakes cereal
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 1.75 quart container Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel sauce


  • Take the vanilla ice cream out of your freezer and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so, to soften.
  • Melt butter in a medium skillet, over medium heat. Add the crushed corn flakes and sugar. Stir to combine. Fry mixture for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until cereal is golden-brown. *Be careful not to burn. It may take less than 5 minutes*
  • Take a 9×13 baking dish and spread 1/3 of the corn flakes mixture into the bottom of pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the softened vanilla ice cream and cool whip. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Using a spatula, stir and mix well to combine. Spread ice cream mixture over the top of the corn flake mixture in the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread the remaining corn flake mixture evenly over the ice cream. Drizzle the honey over the top. Cover pan, and place in freezer. Freeze ice cream for at least 5 hours, or overnight.
  • Cut into squares and serve with drizzles of chocolate syrup and caramel sauce (and if you’re feelin’ frisky add some whipped cream and a cherry on top) Enjoy! ♥


Fried Ice Cream
Fried Ice Cream Dessert

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68 thoughts on ““Fried” Ice Cream Dessert

  1. Oh my yummm! I have loved Fried Ice Cream but NEVER wanted to tackle it myself…you have now given me a way to enjoy it at home! Thank you sweetly!

  2. I made this and it was incredible! I made 1/3 in individual cupcake cups for bday party and the rest in a casserole and my guests raved and raved. And my husband couldn’t stop eating it and saying how awesome it was. And I am so excited that I can actually make my own “fried ice cream” at home instead of waiting til my birthday rolls around to get the free one at the restaurant! LOVE IT!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  3. I made this for a birthday party and it was a huge hit! My family said it was “even better” than the local Mexican restaurant! Thanks for a great recipe.

  4. Clever idea to make fried ice cream that way. I’ve tried the typical method of frying the balls of ice cream in the pan before, but I just made a mess. Your method looks a bit less mess-prone, and certainly very pretty.

  5. I made this last night for a Cinco de Mayo potluck, and it was delicious. Although next time, I will probably use 4 cups of corn flakes (or a smaller dish) to get more crumb coverage on the top of the ice cream, and a little less sugar in the mixture. With the addition of the chocolate and caramel sauce it was a bit too sweet. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. I have made this for a few friends and for my mother and every single person loved it! My mother asks me to make it for her weekly now!!! Thank you for the amazing recipe !

  7. I’ve been looking at this recipe for awhile. I made Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo and finally got the opportunity to make this. It was awesome!!! I’ll be making this more often than once a year. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I whipped up a batch last night. I had to use Frosted Flakes as I didn’t have corn flakes (I didn’t add the sugar as I figured the frosted flakes had enough) – and it seemed to work fine.

  9. So excited I came across a ” cake” version. I also doubled the topping per a previous suggestion and found that I should really triple it. But excellent tasting and will definitely make again, soon!

  10. Holy cow was this awesome. Took it to a BBQ and everyone loved it! Very simple to make. Thanks a bunch for sharing! This is a keeper! Bring on summer!

  11. Just made this for a Cinco de Mayo Pot Luck event and it was a huge hit! Its all gone! I will be making this many more times!

  12. I made this for Cinco De Mayo and it was a big hit. At first I used 3 cups of corn flakes not crushed but realized it was 3 cups of crushed corn flakes and it turned out perfect. I will for sure be making this often.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this for a taco party and all loved it! it has become a favorite of my families and i have made it several times since then. made it exactly as detailed in the recipe. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    so easy and delish!! I double the cornflake mixture to have more sweet yummy crunch.

    grandson loves fried ice cream and was on the hunt for this exact recipe. he knows asks me to make it all the time. : )

  15. 5 stars
    Hi, I have made this in the past and everyone loved is but I was wondering..How far in advance can i make it? I have a party in 4 days to take it to. do you know if it Would still be good? I want to make 2 big pans of it and freeze them unitl saturday night.

  16. 5 stars
    Holly: Thank you so much for the Fried ice cream dessert recipe. This has always been a favorite to order at a restaurant, but now I can make it at home! A co-worker had a birthday this week, so I took this dessert and everyone loved it. They were talking about it for days and several requested the recipe. A keeper, for sure!

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