Fried Ice Cream {Unfried}

Fried Ice Cream {Unfried} – Easy! Great for parties!

Fried Ice Cream is a guilty pleasure that taunts me during our frequent trips to the local Mexican restaurant. I try to avoid the back of the menu where it resides, calling my name rather loudly over the Mariachi tunes. Gladly this version, Unfried Fried Ice Cream, is somewhat more under control, and much easier.

Scoops of ice cream are formed into balls, rolled in a coating, then returned to the freezer to firm up. That’s it. That’s all she wrote.

While I can gobble down some Fried (or unfried) Ice Cream, I think it can tend to be a little overly sweet, so this version uses crushed pretzels as the main coating for a bit of saltiness to balance the sweet.

Of course, drizzling the coated deliciousness with honey, caramel or chocolate syrup isn’t required, but certainly acceptable.

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My, my, my …

Such an easy treat with excellent results. Plus, Fried Ice Cream {Unfried} is a dessert that can be made ahead, and returned to the freezer until ready to serve. Which makes it super fun for parties. Olé!


Unfried Fried Ice Cream
Such an easy treat with excellent results. Plus, Fried Ice Cream {Unfried} is a dessert that can be made ahead, and returned to the freezer until ready to serve. Which makes it super fun for parties. Olé!
Serves: 4
  • ½ cup crushed pretzels (crush, then measure)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (or favorite flavor)
  • honey, caramel, or chocolate syrup for drizzling
  1. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together crushed pretzels, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Form ice cream balls using ½ cup of ice cream per ball.
  4. Evenly coat each ice cream ball with pretzel mixture.
  5. Place coated ice cream balls on lined baking sheet, cover and place in freezer to firm up, or until ready to serve.
  6. When ready to serve, drizzle with favorite topping if desired.


As always, I’m so happy you stopped by! Remember throughout the summer, my friend, Robyn, and I are sharing our favorite ice cream recipes each Sunday. We’d like to hear from you too, so please share your favorites in the comments below, as well as on pinterest, by pinning your favorite frozen treats with the hashtag #IceCreamSundays. Can’t wait to see what you share!


  1. 1


    Oh man!! It is just gorgeous! I love that there is NO frying involved! And all the drizzling shots?? Oh my gosh!! Love this!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen says

    What an incredible idea!!!!!! I have some Breyers vanilla ice cream in my freezer just calling me to do this. I love the idea of crushed pretzels….genius!! 😉

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    Kristen says

    I love the use of pretzels! My fried (fried) ice cream uses Frosted Flakes, of all things. Now I’m going to have to make some!

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    I was there with you , in that restaurant Amy…looking at the back of the menu. And I’m with you even more in this version…it’s not the frying that matters, it’s the crunch! I can almost taste the combination of sweet, salty, creamy and crisp all combined together and drizzled with honey. Oh my.

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    ashley - baker by nature says

    Oh lord… this looks so good! And your pictures are flawless! So in love!

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    Crystal says

    “…My, My, My…” INDEED!!!!!

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    I have yet to try real fried ice cream, but I think I would definitely prefer your version! Love the addition of pretzels for great texture and a bit of saltiness :) Totally genius.

    That picture with the chocolate drizzle is killing me!

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    I thought I already commented but I guess not maybe it’s just that I think it every time I see it on pinterest :) – that top shot is one of the prettiest food photos ever!! Please teach me your tricks!

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