When I was a kid, my favorite teacher worked evenings and summers at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant. (that’s a teacher salary for ya!) We’d go visit her and have dinner there often, and my favorite part was the fried ice cream that came with the kids’ meal. I could never wrap my head around how the fried it without it melting all over the place!
Fried ice cream remains one of my favorite sweet treats, and years ago when my kids were little, I figured out how to make an “un-fried” version of my own.
It’s super simple, involves no frying (kids can make it themselves, safely!), and is soooo yummy.
You will need:
- Vanilla ice cream, enough for one scoop per person
- Parchment paper
- Cinnamon breakfast cereal, such as Life or Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Toppings such as chocolate syrup, caramel, whippied cream, and maraschino cherries
Step 1: Scoop ice cream into single portions and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Place back in freezer for 30-60 minutes or until solid.
Step 2: Place 2-3 large handfuls of cereal in a Ziplock bag. With a mallet or rolling pin, crush into coarse crumbs. Place in a bowl. Roll ice cream balls in crumbs, pressing gently to coat. Return ice cream to cookie sheet in freezer until ready to serve.
Step 3: At serving time, place each portion of ice cream in a serving dish, top as desired and serve immediately.