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No-fry Fried Ice Cream Bars

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All of the fried ice cream flavor without the mess of frying. These fun fried ice cream bars are a great make ahead too. They are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, potlucks and BBQs too!

fried ice cream bars with crunchy cornflake topping and crust

Creamy ice cream coated in crunchy caramelized goodness. Fried ice cream is a staple dessert at Mexican restaurants in America.

You can get the flavor easily at home and you don’t have to break out a deep fryer. This recipe is simple and the results are delicious!

I actually first posted this recipe a handful of years ago when the blog was in its infancy. I had maybe three readers at the time and they were probably all my mom, just on different devices!

So I thought I should share it again so none of you miss out on the deliciousness! Plus it was a great time to spiff up the printable recipe card.

Even better, Little Dude and I thought we’d make a video to show you how easy it is to make. As always we had fun doing it and he is a natural.

9x13" glass dish of fried ice cream bars fresh from the freezer and ready to slice and eat.

MiMi made this recipe for us for first time quite a few years ago.  One of my sisters had suggested a girls night at MiMi’s so all three of us sisters, MiMi and Grandma got together for a midweek fiesta.

We had taquitos, guacamole and margaritas followed by these delicious fried ice cream bars.  They are the stuff of dreams.

Since then every time somebody mentions fried ice cream, I tell them about these.  I know at least a several folks have tried the recipe and loved it as well.

two plates of fried ice cream bars, one with chocolate syrup drizzle, both with whipped cream and cherry.

So with Cinco de Mayo coming up, I knew this recipe needed to see the light of day again.  It has become a staple at our family dinners this time of year.

Of course we can’t have family dinner right now. We are all trying to stay healthy.

Those of us who are essential workers don’t want to risk bringing anything to those who have the option to stay home. So instead I’m taunting my family with pictures of sweets or dropping them off on the porches of those who live nearby.

close piece of fried ice cream bars with creamy ice cream center, golden cereal crust and drizzle of honey.

Little Dude mixed together the filling after caramelizing the corn flakes.  In a matter of a few minutes, it was headed to the freezer.

I LOOOOOVE how easy this is.  You get the crunch and flavor of fried ice cream with none of the mess of frying.

Plus you have the added bonus of being able to make them well in advance and serve when you are ready.  Try doing that with the real deal!

square of fried ice cream bars on plate

Anyway, my family always goes crazy for this.  The pan is always decimated by the time we come home.

If I’m lucky, there will still be a slice or two left.  I have to debate whether I should hide them or share them with the guys.

If you like ice cream based desserts, try out my Oreo ice cream cake.  It’s just like what you can get at Dairy Queen, but you can customize it to your tastes! 

Or for another fun Tex-Mex inspired recipe try the sopapilla cheesecake bars I’m sharing later this week.

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo and if so how?

fried ice cream bars with crunchy cornflake topping and crust

No-fry Fried Ice Cream Bars

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
All of the fried ice cream flavor without the mess of frying. These fun fried ice cream bars are a great make ahead too. They are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, potlucks and BBQs too!
4.83 from 46 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 23 minutes


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups corn flakes crushed
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey or chocolate sauce for serving


  • Pull out ice cream and let soften
    2 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • In a large skillet, melt butter. Add sugar and cook until butter and sugar are fully incorporated and starting to bubble.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Stir in corn flakes and cook for another 5 minutes. You want the corn flakes to toast and caramelize a bit. Spoon about half (or slightly more than half) of the corn flakes into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan and press to form a crust
    3 cups corn flakes
  • Mix together ice cream, whipped topping and cinnamon
    8 oz. whipped topping, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Spread ice cream mixture over corn flake crust
  • Sprinkle remaining corn flakes over the ice cream.
  • Cover and freeze for a minimum of two hours.
  • Slice and serve drizzled with honey or chocolate sauce.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 142mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 31st of December 2023

I doubled the crumble topping so there was plenty for the top and bottom which was delicious! Great recipe everyone loved it!


Sunday 31st of December 2023

Oooh, yum! I might have to do that next time!

Debi | Quiche My Grits

Friday 8th of May 2020

Wow, Carlee...these ice cream bars are off the charts!


Tuesday 28th of April 2020

We're going to have to make this soon. It looks amazing!!


Thursday 7th of May 2020

You definitely should!

Andrea Nine

Monday 27th of April 2020

These look out of this world delicious and so much easier than I thought they would be. Yummo!


Thursday 7th of May 2020

They are suuuuuuuuper easy and sooooo good!


Saturday 7th of July 2018

This fried ice cream sounds delicious and so easy to make. I think that I am going to have to try it. It sounds wonderful on a hot day like today.


Saturday 14th of July 2018

You definitely have to give it a go. It is so easy to make and one of our absolute favorites!