Mexican Fried Ice Cream Recipe

Who wouldn't love this Mexican fried ice cream with cornflakes? It's made with a crunchy, buttery outer layer and a sweet, cinnamon, ice cream center. It has become a favorite Mexican dessert of mine!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 402kcal
Author Katie Crenshaw


  • 3 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter or 1/2 cup
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • chocolate syrup caramel syrup, whipped cream, and cherries for garnishing (optional)


  • Set container of ice cream out to lightly soften.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add crushed cornflakes and sugar, mixing and stirring continuously. Be careful not to burn. Cook until crispy.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Spread half of cornflakes on 9x13 baking dish.
  • Mix ice cream, cool whip, and cinnamon.
  • Spread ice cream mixture over cornflakes.
  • Spread remaining cornflakes over ice cream.
  • Drizzle honey over cornflakes.
  • Cover pan and freeze 5 hour or overnight.
  • Cut in squares to serve.



*Optional: Garnish by drizzling chocolate and caramel syrup. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1225IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 15mg