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Mexican “Unfried” Ice Cream

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Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn’t fried, but oh-my-word, it’s delicious!

Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!

If you’ve ever had the Mexican fried ice cream at Chi Chi’s, you’ll understand this recipe. I have always loved the concept of fried ice cream, as a kid I remember ordering it and always found it fascinating that the ice cream didn’t melt.

This recipe is easier to make, and much lighter than the restaurant dish. That’s because it’s not fried at all, but it still has that same great taste.

Variations and Tips:

Make it gluten-free: The topping is made with crushed Special K as the crust tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten-free cereal instead.

Make it dairy-free: swap the ice cream for your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

Mexican "Unfried" Ice Cream

5 from 2 votes
5
Cals:149.5
Protein:7.5
Carbs:30
Fat:2.5
Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!
Prep: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 ball

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low calorie dairy or dairy-free ice cream, Halo Top or Enlightened
  • 2 cups Special K Cereal, crushed (or gf cereal)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • cherry for topping, optional
  • Truwhip for topping, optional

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • With an ice cream scooper, scoop out 4 balls of ice cream 1/2 cup in size and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Freeze for 2 hours, or overnight, until the ice cream is very hard.
  • Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine the crushed cereal and cinnamon.
  • Using rubber gloves, roll the balls of ice cream in the cereal coating, packing them together into a smooth ball.
  • Return the coated ice cream to the baking sheet and freeze until ready to serve.
  • To serve, drizzle with chocolate syrup on top with whipped cream and cherry, if desired.

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Notes

To make it gluten-free: The topping is made with crushed Special K as the crust tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten-free cereal instead.
To make it dairy-free: swap the ice cream for your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 ball, Calories: 149.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 7.5 g, Fat: 2.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 248 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 11.5 g

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73 comments on “Mexican “Unfried” Ice Cream”

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    Guild of Fools and Heretics

    Hi I'm in the UK and we just don't have this mexican fried ice cream concept,
    This is a tasty recipe but now I have heard about "fried ice cream" i can accept no substitute.
    So can anyone tell me
    a) where to find a Mexican restaurant in the UK where I can try fried ice cream
    or
    b) put up a recipe with techniques to make fried ice cream.
    please

    1. In Australia we get fried ice-cream at Chinese restaurants – they're usually the one and only dessert on the menu!

    2. In New Zealand,it's the same as Australia – deep fried ice cream only found in chinese restaurants. They don't actually deep fry it, held in a ladle with hot oil poured over til coating is crisp.

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    Kerri Maxwell

    I never thought I would eat fried ice cream again! On Cinco de Mayo we made your Salsa Verde Chicken in a taco shell (i cannot find the tostadas but I want them!) followed by this and we felt like we were at an authentic Mexican restaurant! It was sooooo good!

  3. Gina! I LOVE FRIED ICE CREAM!! Do you think it will taste just as good with fiber one honey cluster cereal?

  4. Silly question here, but did you freeze the yogurt yourself or buy it already frozen? They look amazing and I can't wait to try them!

    1. She used frozen yogurt. It comes frozen just like ice cream. You find it in the ice cream section.

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    Elisabeth Costa

    I made this for the weekend that just passed and everyone loved it!!! My 17 year old niece had 2 servings:)

  6. It's really good made with graham cracker crumbs, too… not sure that that would make this a healthy recipe anymore, but it tastes just like the real thing! I prefer honey to the chocolate syrup… that's always what I got at Chi-Chi's…. miss that restaurant SO much!

  7. I made these today snd they were really good! I used the chocolate fiber one cereal sd I fidnt have Special K and they were really good..thanks Gina!!

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    Cinnia Kalliope

    I just made these today. They were a huge hit with my mom and dad! Another winning WW dessert! Thanks again. šŸ™‚

  9. These look amazing, thank you for so many creative recipes Gina! WIth your help, weight watchers is easy and fun! I have to tell you that Oikos is actually made by Dannon, not Stonyfield, but both make delicious yogurt. Having worked for Dannon previously, I find that a lot of people don't know that they make Oikos.

    1. This is amazing. I could not believe how much it tastes like fried cream! I did use Edys 1/2 fat vanilla bean ice cream instead of frozen yogurt. I also used Special K with pecans and cinnamon. Will keep these in my freezer often. My family loved it.

  10. I just made this… super easy and super yummy. I agree with the commenter above that a little drizzle of honey gives it a lot! LOVE LOVE LOVE this… Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  11. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe! I am thinking of taking it to a party and I was wondering if you know how long it lasts outside the freezer? My commute to the party is about 30 minutes and I am not sure if it will last all the way there

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      It really needs to stay frozen like any ice cream would, maybe in a cooler packed with ice?

  12. I always thought the fried ice cream sort of tasted like it was rolled in rice krispies. Think I'll try that-wonderful idea and what a nice presentation it makes.

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    Anne [A Squared]

    I just rediscovered fried ice cream at a little Mexican place and forgot how good it was. Thanks for this skinny version!

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    Heather McClees

    I used to order fried ice cream for dinner at every single Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Now that I eat healthier, I need to try a healthy version! Great recipe. I think ill try a coconut ice cream with a grain- free granola topping! Yum!;) Thanks for the inspiration!!!