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I remember going to Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant when I was a kid. Every once in a while my parents would treat us to a dessert and we would each get a spoon to dig in to the shared order of fried ice cream. The novelty factor was certainly part of the enjoyment. Ice cream that is fried in hot oil?! But it was the perfect mix of crunchy and creamy, hot and cold, spicy and sweet that was the real homerun.
Most homemade fried ice cream recipes involve rolling individually frozen balls of vanilla ice cream into crushed cornflakes. Some of the more authentic ones actually fry the balls in hot oil. I’ll bet they are delicious, albeit time consuming.
I didn’t set out to develop a recipe for fried ice cream, it was a child of necessity. (Well, not necessity…want). You might call it “the lazy person’s fried ice cream.” I call it
Fried Ice Cream Sundaes
It was one of those nights when you want a treat. Something kind of special. We had vanilla ice cream to work with. That’s always a good start.
Now sundaes were on the brain. We didn’t have any hot fudge, chocolate syrup or caramel, though. So we started looking for alternatives. Maple syrup? Honey?
Then the cinnamon caught our eye. Honey and cinnamon. Yum.
That’s when fried ice cream came to mind. So I started looking for something crunchy to add. Without a lot of options, I took a chance on something a little unconventional. My husband took a little convincing. But after the first bite he was sold.
It’s wheat germ.
I’m not kidding! Wheat germ! I’m pretty sure Greg had never eaten wheat germ before, nor did he ever plan to. I will be honest, the wheat germ is not as crunchy as cornflakes would be. BUT, the thing we loved about it was that the flavor was more neutral. It really allows you to taste the cinnamon and honey, which are the real stars of the show, while still lending a little texture.
This is so good…you have to trust me!
In no way is this authentic. It’s not what you’d get from a Mexican restaurant. But is it ever an easy to make and delicious nod to the original! And dare I say…slightly healthier?
Try this easy, delicious treat today!
It’s not much of a recipe, more of a list of ingredients…but here ya go: