Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche – Two Versions

As promised, today is a fun recipe that you can use your crock pot dulce de leche with.

We love Mexican food at our house but usually find that the dessert menu at our local Mexican restaurants is rather limited.  I am not a big fan of Flan but I do love me some good fried ice cream.  At the restaurant they actually fry the ice cream in hot oil after it has been coated in some mixture.  It gives it a nice crisp coating.  This is actually one thing I don’t really want to try at home.  The idea of frying ice cream just scares me a bit but we have a great alternative at our house – Mock Fried Ice Cream.

We have made it at home for years.  I actually have two different versions for you today.  One is the version we have made for years.  Jim’s cousin Julie originally gave me the recipe after we had it at their house.  The second one is a newer version I tried for a dinner party last week.

I actually made both for the dinner party and the vote was pretty much 50-50!  They loved both.

Version One

The version we have made for years is rolled in a mixture of crispy rice cereal, brown sugar and butter.
Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche
The ice cream is formed into a ball and then put on a cookie sheet and back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  During this time I mixed up a mixture of melted butter, rice  cereal and brown sugar.  After the ice cream has hardened a bit I roll it in the cereal mixture. Use your hands to press it into the ice cream. Work quickly so it doesn’t melt all over you.
Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de LecheLine a cookie sheet with wax paper and place cereal covered balls on the tray and return to freezer until you are ready to eat them.  Can be made the day ahead just wrap the tray in plastic wrap.
Fried Ice Cream
Now here is the best part.  When you are ready to enjoy dessert, warm up your dulce de leche either in the microwave or place it in a pan of hot water on the stove.  Be sure to stir it to prevent it from burning.  Place your fried ice cream on a plate or a bowl.
Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche

Place a nice big spoonful of dulce de leche over your fried ice cream.
Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de LecheThen I like to top it with a little whip cream and a few strawberries!
Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche  Yeah, pretty darn good.

Version Two

The coating for Version Two uses corn flakes, vanilla wafers, melted butter and cinnamon.

Fried Ice CreamI used my food processor to crush the corn flakes and the vanilla wafers.  Then just melt your butter and stir it all together adding in your cinnamon.  Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake it in a 375 oven for about 10 minutes or until browned.  You will need to stir it every 2-3 minutes as it can burn easily.  Allow to cool completely.

Remove your ice cream balls from the freezer and roll in mixture and return to cookie sheet and freezer until ready to serve.
Fried Ice Cream

Fried Ice CreamThen do the same thing with this version as you did with the first.  Place a nice big spoonful of warmed up dulce de leche on the fried ice cream.  Garnish with whip cream and fresh strawberries.  Eat!
Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche

Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche - Version One
Serves: 10
  • ½ C butter, melted
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 C crispy rice cereal
  • ice cream
  1. Form ice cream into balls and place in freezer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Add in cereal and brown sugar and stir until well blended.
  4. Roll ice cream balls into mixture using hands to press cereal into the ice cream.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and return to freezer until ready to serve.
  6. Spoon warm dulce de leche over the top and garnish with whip cream and strawberries when ready to serve.

Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche – Version Two
  • 6 C corn flakes
  • 2 C vanilla wafer cookies
  • ½ c sugar
  • ¼ C butter, melted
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • ice cream
  1. Scoop ice cream into balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and return to freezer to harden.
  2. Crush corn flakes and cookies in food processor.
  3. Melt butter .
  4. Combine crushed cereal and cookies with sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Stir in butter and stir until evenly coated.
  6. Place crumbs on a cookie sheet and bake in a 375 oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Be sure and stir every 2 minutes or so as it burns easily.
  8. Allow crumbs to cool
  9. Roll ice cream balls in crumbs and then return to freezer.
  10. When ready to serve topped with warm dulce de leche, whip cream and fresh strawberries
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I fell in love with Fried Ice Cream when I was a teenager!
    I took all of my friends to the Mexican place for Fried Ice Cream when I turned 16!
    This recipe looks FUN and amazing!
    Totally pinning this!
    LOVE your blog Leigh Anne!
    Delighted Jenny had a picture and link to your beautiful blog on her post about BlogHer Seattle!
    Hugs from Bainbridge Island!

  2. Kristy Johnson says

    I see that you say fried ice cream, but nothing states that you actually fry the balls of icecream. Do you coat them with the warmed mixtures and that makes the crust over the ice cream? Not frying is a big plus. But do they get soggy?

    • says

      Kristy, Actually it is called Mock Fried Ice cream for the very reason that it is not fried. It is yummy! I have found that it does not get soggy. It might if you stored it for several days but it never lasts that long at our house.


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