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Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream

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Honeycomb Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream

My family is a big fan of Mexican food. At least once a week, one of our dinners is some sort of Mexican cuisine (e.g. tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, tostadas). But we rarely make Mexican desserts.

Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream

Since I like to cook with my kids, I wanted to find a way to make one of our favorites, Fried Ice Cream, without worrying about one of the children getting burned with hot oil. So, we came up with this Crunchy UNFRIED Ice Cream recipe instead!

It has the same crunchy coating over a creamy ice cream center with the same added touches that transform it into a decadent dessert, but no frying involved.

Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream on a white plate and as the title text


Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream Is Perfect For Summer Days

Better yet, the recipe is so simple, you can whip it up any day of the week as a treat or dessert. And since you don’t have to stand over a deep fryer, it’s the perfect dessert for hot, summer days.

If you want, you can double the recipe and buy a quart of ice cream, then just keep the coated balls wrapped individually in plastic wrap in the freezer so you just have to plate and top with goodies any day you want to treat your family to a special dessert after dinner.

They are also a big hit with kids during summer parties.

Easy Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream


Use Honeycomb Cereal For The Coating

I used Honeycomb cereal because I love the light honey flavor that I associate with many Mexican desserts. Also, the big pieces don’t disintegrate when you crush them they way some other cereals do, so the coating has a lot of crunch without having to toast the cereal first.

📋 Recipe

Crunchy ice cream on white plate with chocolate and caramel syrup and whipped cream

Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream

Corinne Schmitt
Love this creative spin on ice cream!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 176 kcal


  • 2 cups Honeycomb cereal
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • chocolate and/or caramel syrup
  • whipped cream


  • Put Honeycomb cereal in a plastic zip bag and seal tightly. Crush cereal with a rolling pin. Pour into a medium bowl.
  • Scoop ice cream into 8 balls and roll each one in crushed cereal until well coated.
  • Place coated ice cream balls on a cookie sheet and freeze until ice cream is firm (about 2 hours).
  • Place each ball on a plate and top with chocolate and/or caramel syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 136mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 414IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 5mg
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13 thoughts on “Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    You got me with the “unfried” ice cream. Excited to try this!

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  4. Shut the freaking front door! This sounds AMAZING! 1. I’ve never had fried ice-cream & 2. This sounds so easy & delicious! Pinned! Can’t wait to try it and surprise the family (we’re huge ice-cream fans in our home)!
    Thanks for sharing & for linking up to Favorite Things Friday with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling! Hope to see you again next week!

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  7. This sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing at Get Your Shine On Link Party! We are so excited to feature your post at this Thursdays party! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you this week! (I pinned this to our Pinterest board!!)

    • Thank you so much!! I love your party and I’m super honored to be featured this week. Can’t wait to link up again and check out the other features!

  8. I have never had fried ice cream, now I feel I’ve been missing out, ha ha. My kids would pretty much be over the moon for this treat! It looks super simple and delish! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week!

  9. WOW! What a cool idea, thanks for sharing! Thanks so much for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  10. I saw this post on Facebook a couple days ago, and have been craving it ever since! What a perfect dessert for summer time, and a fun dish to make with kids!

  11. I’ve never had fried ice cream (how does that work?!). You’ve got my interest piqued for sure. Honeycomb cereal was always one my favorites as a kid. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  12. I love fried ice cream! I have never made it and always wondered how it didn’t turn into a bit mess! You recipe is easy and fun to make for people of all ages. You topped it with two of my favorite toppings! I know I will be giving this a try!


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