Unfried Fried Ice Cream Recipe

This easy Unfried Fried Ice Cream (that doesn’t involve any frying whatsoever) is a fun frozen treat for special occasions.

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Fried Ice Cream is a sweet temptation that taunts me during our 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 catchy Mariachi tunes. Gladly, this version, Unfried Fried Ice Cream, is somewhat more under control, and so much easier to make.

These are so easy. 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.

Unfried Fried Ice Cream Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com

While I can gobble down some Fried (and unfried) Ice Cream, I think it can tend to be overly sweet, so this version uses crushed pretzels as the main coating for just a bit of saltiness to balance the sweetness. I do like pretzels with sweet stuff! Of course, you can decide for yourself to drizzle this delicious treat with honey, caramel or chocolate syrup. It isn’t required, but certainly acceptable if you so desire.

Goodness me, this is such an easy treat with fantastic results. Plus, Unfried Fried Ice Cream is a dessert that can be made ahead, then returned to the freezer and covered until ready to serve. Which makes this treat perfect for entertaining. Just imagine presenting a trayful of these pretzel covered Unfried Fried Ice Cream at the next birthday party or fiesta. Super fun! Olé!

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Unfried Fried Ice Cream Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com

Unfried Fried Ice Cream Recipe
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This is such an easy treat with excellent results. This frozen treat can be made ahead, and returned to the freezer until ready to serve. Perfect for parties!
Recipe type: Dessert
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.

Unfried Fried Ice Cream Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com

Originally posted August 11, 2013. Updated June 8, 2015.

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  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!

  6. 17

    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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