Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

Last week was Cinco de Mayo, I have always associated Fried Ice Cream with Mexican cuisine. Well, maybe, maybe not…….

Seems there are conflicting stories as to the origins of this delectable delight. According to Wikipedia:
Some claim that fried ice cream was first served during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Though in 1894 a Philadelphia company was given credit for its invention describing : “A small, solid cake of the [ice] cream is enveloped in a thin sheet of pie crust and then dipped into boiling lard or butter to cook the outside to a crisp. A third claim, beginning in the 1960s asserts that fried ice cream was invented by Japanese tempura restaurants.

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

In the United States, fried ice cream has been associated with Asian cuisine, appearing in reviews of Chinese, Japanese, and Polynesian restaurants in the “Dining Out” section of the New York Times in the 1970s. It also came to be associated with Mexican cuisine, in large part due to national chain Chi-Chi’s adopting a fried ice cream made with tortillas and cinnamon as its “signature dessert” when it opened in the early 1980s.The Asian recipe usually uses tempura batter. Mexican versions use corn flakes, nuts, cookie crumbs, or tortillas for coating.

No matter where it came from it was a stellar idea. But what if you could have it un-fried????Food for thought.

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups
Since my reference is with the Mexican variety and cinnamon being the predominate taste I set off to un-fry ice cream.

Now, I’ve seen several un-fried ice cream sheet style recipes, but I wanted to make an individual version that more closely resembled a traditional version.

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups
Muffin tins were the perfect vessel for my idea. Individual, using paper liners would make it easy to serve.

I used a disposable tin muffin tin. They come with lids…..I love it!

These Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups were really quite easy to make and can be made in advance. In my mind that make the perfect dessert.

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

In keeping with a cinnamon flavor palate I looked for a cereal with cinnamon…..Honey Bunches of Oats Sweet Cinnamon Bunches……perfect. Not only does it have the flakes, but it has these cinnamony sweet bunches that add and additional crunchiness to the ice cream.

Just a tablespoon of a mixture of the cereal crushed, brown sugar, and butter pressed into the bottom of a muffin tin.

Top with a scoop of ice cream. Now, its no secret that we love DQ so naturally I chose vanilla DQ as my ice cream, but your favorite ice cream will be perfect. Press more of the cereal mixture all around the scoop of ice cream.Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and cinnamon, and place back in the freezer to harden. Thats all there is too it!

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

To serve, remove each un-fried ice cream from its paper liner and place on a plate or in a small bowl. Place a nice dollop of whipped topping on the side and drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with extra cinnamon.

Looking for a dessert that is make ahead on a can be in the freezer for unexpected dessert guests…….. Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups are your go to dessert!!!

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Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

Un-Fried Fried Ice Cream Cups

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups Honey Bunches of Oats-Sweet Cinnamon Bunches
  • 1 quarts vanilla ice cream (softened)
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Whipped Topping
  • Caramel sauce – Mrs. Richardson’s is the best


  1. Let ice cream sit at room temperature to soften – about 10-15 min.
  2. Place cereal in large bag and crush.
  3. Melt butter in microwave in a medium size bowl.
  4. Add brown sugar to butter and stir to combined. Add crushed corn flakes to butter and sugar mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon of cereal mixture into the bottom of a muffin tin lined with a muffin liner. I used a heavier duty liner. Press the cereal mixture down firmly.
  6. Place one scoop of softened ice cream onto of cereal mixture.
  7. Using your hands pack cereal mixture around ice cream scoop to cover.
  8. Once all of the tins are covered with cereal mixture, sprinkle with turbinado sugar and cinnamon.
  9. Place in freezer to refreeze.
  10. To serve, remove each muffin liner and place un-fried fried ice cream on plate or in a small bowl. Garnish with whipped topping, and caramel sauce.


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