Encrusted in beautifully moist mud cake and deep-fried in a spiced cinnamon breadcrumb mix, my chocolate deep fried ice cream will be the talk at your next dinner party.
This recipe will show you my 2 methods for creating either a breadcrumb or chocolate outer crust. And trust me, both are simply divine!
Whether you love a fully loaded chocolate hit or something a little less sweet. I’ve got you covered.
What Fried Ice Cream Means to Me
In the 1990s, I was presented with a great opportunity to work in my local Chinese Restaurant.
I was able to pick up many Chinese recipes and even had the opportunity to cook for restaurant patrons myself.
And fried ice cream just happened to be one of them. I prepared and fried hundreds over my time working there.
I have since bought this and many other Chinese recipes home with me, but fried ice cream will always have a special place in my heart.
But of course, over the years, making the same fried ice cream got tedious and boring. I wanted to change up the game.
So I made many different combinations of ice cream and cakes and simply combined the two together.
And wow, it’s actually quite impressive how many different flavors can work so well together.
So chocolate deep fried ice cream was born.
Why Does Fried Ice Cream Not Melt in a Deep Fryer?
The Ice cream is rolled in balls and frozen at temperatures as low as -18°C (-0.4°F).
A cake is then wrapped around the ice cream and frozen for the second time, finally rolling them in a bread crumb or biscuit mix.
Once placed into a deep fryer, ice cream becomes insulted from the hot oil temperatures.
How to Prepare the Chocolate Ice Cream Balls?
Slice up your chocolate mud cake into thin pieces, don’t worry if some split; we can use these pieces to fill any gaps in the ice cream ball.
No matter what flavored ice cream is made, it is important to use a cake that is moist and sticky.
The reason for this is for the cake to wrap and stick to the ice cream.
A dry cake will crumble and just make a big mess.
It is also essential to have a solid ball so the oil cannot penetrate the ice cream.
Use your favorite chocolate ice cream. I’m not a fan of rich chocolate, so I use a much lighter cake.
But you are welcome to use more decadent chocolate if you choose.
Whichever chocolate you decide to use, the ice cream needs to be firm enough to roll into balls but not too firm that you can’t scoop it out.
Scoop out a small ice cream ball and roll it in your hands.
Quick Tip: Ice cream is icy and stings your hands. Using kitchen gloves works a treat.
Place 1 piece of mud cake onto the bottom of the ice cream and make sure the ball is in the center and wrap it.
Place the second piece of mud cake slice onto the top and wrap it also.
I cut one slice of mud cake in half and place it on both sides.
You may find some gaps by this stage, break up some small pieces of mud cake, and place any on the gaps you find.
Once you have the first chocolate fried ice cream ball made, place it onto a baking paper-lined tray and pop it into your freezer.
Repeat this method until all of your chocolate mud cake is gone or you have the desired number of ice cream balls.
Leave in the freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours to get firm enough to deep fry.
I like to leave mine in the freezer overnight to make sure they are as firm as they can get.
How to Deep Fry Fried Ice Cream?
Your ice cream balls should now be nice and firm and ready for the deep fryer.
For the next step, we will want to take an ice cream ball out of the freezer one at a time to avoid the ice cream from melting.
But first, we need to set up our breading station.
Firstly you need to decide if you want a chocolate breading or cinnamon bread crumb mix.
Chocolate Cereal Bread Mix Method
I use Coco Pops Chex, which can be purchased in Australian supermarkets such as Coles or Woolworths.
A great alternative if you are from the United States is to use Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies.
But any of your favorite chocolate-flavored cereal will be fine.
Put your chocolate cereal into a food processor and blend until it is almost formed into a powder. Similar to bread crumb size.
If you don’t have a food processor, another option is to put your cereal into a zip lock bag and crush it with your hands.
Pop the cereal into a bowl.
Bread Crumb Method
In a bowl, add your breadcrumbs and 1 tsp of cinnamon to the mix.
This will make the bread crumbs more flavorful and have less of a bready taste.
Lastly, crack 3 eggs into another bowl and whisk.
Fill your deep fryer with fresh canola or another frying oil into your electric deep fryer, and pre-heat it to 190°C (375°F).
Another alternative is to half fill a deep pan with canola oil to 190°C (375°F).
Use a candy/deep-frying thermometer to help you get your pan up to the correct temperature.
While your waiting for your fryer to be ready, it’s time to get our ice cream balls ready.
We are double-dipping here, so we want to dip each chocolate fried ice cream ball into the egg mixture first.
Then into the breading mix, back into the egg, and finally return to the breading for the final time.
By double-dipping, you will have created a thick outer crust to protect the ice cream and avoid melting.
Once your fryer is up to the correct temperature, pop one ice cream ball into the fryer, continually turning; this will avoid the crust burning.
Do this for about 1 minute, or until the crust is golden brown.
If you decided to use my chocolate cereal method, continually roll the ice cream for the same amount of time.
Topping Options for Chocolate Deep Fried Ice Cream
Having a topping is entirely optional.
My choccy deep-fried ice cream is packed with enough flavor just by itself.
If you decide you would like a topping, then I have some great options:
- Chocolate fudge sauce
- Whipped cream and strawberries
- Chocolate ice cream topping
But my personal favorite is a homemade caramel sauce we made right here on Family Cooking Adventures.
The caramel’s flavors mesh perfectly together with the mud cake and ice cream.
I’m sure many other great toppings would work beautifully with this recipe.
I would certainly love to read any other suggestions you might have for toppings that may work well.
Ice Cream Recipes we Love
We simply love making ice cream here at Family Cooking Adventures. They are so much fun to make at home with our kids.
Have you ever noticed how frustrating it can be when your local supermarket always stocks the same boring ice cream?
You don’t have to be tied into what the supermarkets are selling. You can have all the fun flavors.
You have to check out just some of the ice cream recipes we have tried at home.
- Licorice ice cream
- Butterscotch ice cream with a caramel swirl
- Bubble Gum ice cream
- Spearmint ice cream with chocolate pieces
TIP: if you ever decide to make licorice and bubble gum ice cream. Use one scoop of licorice and one scoop of bubble gum.
Once the two flavors merge, it’s unbelievably good.
Chocolate Deep Fried Ice Cream Dessert Made In Heaven
- 1.05 qt Chocolate Ice Cream 1 Litre
- 500 g Choclate Mud Cake Sliced Thinly
- 150 g Bread Crumbs
- 4 Eggs
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Canola Oil For Deep Frying
Chocolate Breading Mix
- 250 g Chocolate Cereal
- 4 Eggs
- Canola Oil For Deep Frying
Prep The Ice Cream Balls
- Slice up mud cake into thin slices and set aside.
- Roll ice cream in small balls one at a time.
- Lay a single slice of mud cake in the palm of your hand and place the ice cream ball into the center. Place another slice of mud cake over the top. Add further slices of mud cake to the left and right sides.
- Gently press both hands around the ball turning and pressing the mud cake down until it has an even surface.
- Use smaller pieces of mud cake to fill any gaps where ice cream is spilling out, and continue to press and turn in your hands.
- Place ice cream ball into the freezer for at least 3-4 hours.
Breading Deep Fried Ice Cream Balls
- In a bowl add bread crumbs and cinnamon.
- In another bowl beat the eggs.
- Preheat deep fryer to 190°C (375°F). If using a deep pan or shallow frying use a candy or infrared thermometer. It's important that the ice cream balls fry at this exact temperature to avoid burning the outside.
- While preheating, take one ball out of the freezer and dip into the egg. Roll in the bread crumb mix until covered. And repeat the process of dipping back into the egg and breadcrumb mixture for a final time.
- Gently place the ice cream ball into a deep fryer and roll around for 1-minute or until the outside is golden brown. The is no need to fully submerge the ice cream ball to fry successfully. But it is important to continue rolling the ball around to get a nice even fry.
- Place deep-fried ice cream ball into a small bowl and serve with your favorite topping immediately.
- Repeat this process until all ice cream balls have been deep-fried.
Chocolate Cereal Mixture (Optional Steps)
- In a food processor add cereal and blend until it's a fine grain.
- Repeat steps 2-6