Cooked It | How To Make Deep-Fried Ice Cream At Home

By Millie Lester
27th Feb 2018


Sometimes (often) plain old vanilla ice cream just doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Unless it’s got shards of English toffee and rivers of caramel running through it, you’re better off wrapping it in Glad Wrap and using it as an ice pack. Fortunately, some genius came up with a delicious alternative that only costs a few years of your life.

Deep-fried ice cream is the lord and saviour of all scoopable desserts because it ticks all the boxes. It’s sweet, it’s savoury, it’s covered in batter and your mum would probably cut you out of her will if she found out you were making it three times a week.

So, here’s how to make deep fried ice cream at home.


  • 1 litre of vanilla ice cream
  • 3 cups of crushed corn flakes
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 litres of oil, for frying


  1. Pop to the shops and grab the ingredients. Don’t fall victim to the marked down hot cross buns, but definitely pick up a tub of that new Cream Egg ice cream. Holy sh*t that looks delicious.
  2. Head home and scoop the vanilla ice cream into 8 individual 1/2 cup sized balls. Think 8 generous sized golf balls. Then place them on a tray (baking paper on top) and pop them in the freezer for about an hour. Don’t forget to grab a fairy floss flavoured Zooper Dooper while you’re there.
  3. In a shallow bowl (or a deep plate), combine the Corn Flakes and cinnamon. And then in a separate dish, beat the egg whites until they turn foamy.
  4. Pull the ice cream balls out of the freezer and roll them in the egg whites, then in the Corn Flakes, making sure there ain’t a skerrick of ice cream showing. Freeze your sweet vanillery golf balls again for about 3 hours until they’re firm again.
  5. Whip out your biggest and heaviest saucepan (or your deep fryer, you lucky bastard) and heat the oil to 190 degrees celsius.
  6. Using a basket or slotted spoon (one of those big plastic spoons with slits that let water out), and fry the ice cream balls 1 or 2 at a time for roughly 10 to 15 seconds or until golden.
  7. Once cooked, scoop them onto a few sheets of paper towner to drain the excess oil. You’ve just cooked your ice cream in it, you don’t need to drizzle it on top as well. Maybe drizzle some chocolate sauce on the top if you have them lying around though.
  8. Snap a picture of your frozen heart attack golf balls and Instagram it with the hashtag #deepfriedYASballs.

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Image credit: Gabrielle Stjenqvist

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