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Guest Project: Cinco De Mayo — make Deep Fried Ice Cream!!

Happy {almost} Cinco de Mayo, friends!

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I’m Jami from Ain’t She Crazy!
I want to thank Jen for giving me the opportunity to share one of my favorite Mexican recipes with all of you. Now, I don’t think I have a drop of Mexican blood in me, but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating with those who do!
Besides, in my family, any occasion can be used as an excuse to make a fun dessert.
So let’s get started — Mexican Fried Ice Cream.

First, you will need to collect your ingredients. (The sprinkles are optional, of course.) I didn’t realize until after I took this shot that nearly everything in this recipe was made from Great Value brand foods. I just want to let you know, that was not intentional, so just ignore the labels, please.


You will also need some food storage bags, such a sandwich “baggies” or gallon sized bags that do not zip. (There are probably a dozen different ways to make ice cream balls, but this is the way I do it.)

Part 1

Stick your non-dominant hand inside one of the bags.

Scoop the ice cream into the “gloved” hand.


Now invert the bag so that the ice cream is inside the bag. Squish it into something that resembles an ice cream ball.
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Leave the ball in the bag. Start with a fresh bag for each ice cream ball…scooping, shaping and inverting the bags, until you have enough servings, then toss them all in the freezer. You can leave them there as long as you want to, but at least until they firm up a little. You can easily make these up ahead of time so that the dessert seems effortless at the time of serving.

Part 2
This is the part where you can really get the kids involved. First, get them excited about the project:w_092

Next, have them pour some of the frosted flake cereal into a zip bag.

  (You may notice I had to label mine “DO NOT EAT”
 to keep the older kids out of it long enough to make this recipe!)

Sprinkle the cereal generously with cinnamon.
You’ll want enough that you can taste it, but not so much that it is spicy. Feel free to taste as you go!

Then, just have them use a rolling pin over the bag, rolling or pounding, until the flakes are crushed up. They like this part a lot!

Part 3

Remove  the ice cream balls from the freezer. Pour the crushed cereal mixture into a plastic bowl that has a tight fitting lid.w_118
(Can you tell, these pictures were taken after dark? Sorry, but my helpers could not wait until tomorrow to try their creation, so we forged on.)

Unwrap the ice cream balls one at a time and drop them into the bowl.
Close the lid and shake until well- coated.
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At this point, again, you can place all the coated balls into a container and store them in the freezer until it is time to serve dessert. This is the way I prefer to do it, otherwise, the process feels pretty slow.

Part 4

Now comes, the best part! If you really want to impress the kids (or adults), you can fry up some tortillas, coat them in a cinnamon-sugar blend (I keep mine in a shaker in the spice cabinet.) and quickly stuff them into your bowls so that they harden in the bowl, forming a crunchy shell for the ice cream.w_115 This is a cute and yummy effect, but also one you should practice before your guests arrive, as it can be rather messy. When I make these for my kids, we usually skip the frying thing, but it does add a little “wow factor”!

Now all that is left is to place an ice cream ball into the shell (or directly into the dish!) Drizzle plenty of honey over the top…w_125

And top it off with whipped cream and a cherry, if you like.

Here’s what it looks like when you skip the tortilla:

I hope you all have a great Cinco de Mayo and that your family enjoys Mexican “Fried” Ice Cream as much as we do!
My kids will have a ball making that.
I have been following Jami for quite a while.
First of all, she is funny! She is also so talented. And she’s a great cook!
  Here are a few of my favorite projects she has made:
Be sure to stop by Ain’t She Crazy and say hi! 


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  1. Jennifer Boyce says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU for the awesome fried ice cream idea. I've never even THOUGHT of making that before and it was SOOOOO delicious tonight. Today happens to be my birthday and since I l.o.v.e. mexican food – it's the best day ever! We had this tonight with my birthday cake and I couldn't love it more. Can't wait to have left overs tomorrow night!!

    Thanks again :o)

  2. The fried ice cream looks so yummy, so does the taco bake. I would love to come for dinner. LOL


  3. adrianne says:

    Omg fried ice-cream! Heavenly!!!! I am visiting today because Mandi told us we could schmooze the judges if we wanted to, and I'm all for it;) jk! I am in the top 15 and hopefully will make it to the top 5!! But really, have been following your blog for awhile now and just love it!

  4. Divine. I live for fried ice cream. YUM

  5. I love fried ice cream, we might try this recipe this weekend! Looks delicious.

  6. Lindsay says:

    This looks fantastic!! I have been googling Mexican desserts all night in preparation for tomorrow and I just mentioned this to my husband and he gave me a big thumbs up! :)

    Delighted Momma

  7. Ali Richardson says:

    YUM! Fried ice cream is a fave of mine but I have never thought to make it myself. Awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Danielle Bartran says:

    Mmmmm. This pregnant lady isn't going to be able to stop thinking about fried ice cream until I make some. Ut oh. It just looks SO AMAZING!

  9. Meggan and Remy says:

    My husband and I made a similar recipe for Sunday dinner with the fam once, and it was the biggest hit! I'm glad you reminded me of it!

  10. TOTALLY making this. I even have all the ingredients. Great Value too! LOL
    And I'm gonna steal the cornbread taco bake too.

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  12. Huggs and Kisses xo says:

    Awesome! This looks so yummy…can't wait to try it. Thanks. xo

  13. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Yum! The ice cream and cereal mixture sounds good, but the whipped cream and cherry sold it! I may have to make this for dessert tomorrow night:)

  14. Question, did I miss something or is the Ice cream really not fried? Thanks. I have never tried to make fried ice cream because I always thought you actually fried the ice cream. I may actually have to try this recipe. thanks.

  15. Oh WOW- I'm so excited to make these! My kids are going to flip! And, by the way, how cute are her kids??!

    So glad to have this before Cinco de Mayo- and glad that her cornbread taco bake was listed there too. Seems like we have the whole day planned now!

  16. Dixie Mom says:

    Thanks for posting these BEFORE May 5th so that we can actually get the stuff to make them!

  17. trooppetrie says:

    I am new to your blog, I love the fried ice cream I have not made it in a long time

  18. I have never had this but oh my my it looks wonderfull ,, thanks for sharing this,,

  19. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Thanks so much for posting this tutorial, Jen. You rock! I think my girls would love to try making fried ice cream.

  20. Very Verdant says:

    We have a birthday at our house tomorrow and I have been thinking about doing a Mexican theme since K shares the day with Cinco de Mayo anyone. I think we will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  21. What a great recipe!I love it. This has to be one of my most favorite desserts. Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Two Dollars says:

    One fairly regular dinner that I make is Turkey Taco Salad and I use tortilla chips instead of worrying about a big shell. Like, you I have to write "DO NOT EAT" on the bag, otherwise husband will demolish them before I make the dinner :)


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