You don't have to wait for the carnival to come around. You can make this special treat any time you like at home. It takes a little bit more time than at the fair but will be worth the look on party guests' faces when they realize you've just made this counterintuitive dessert.
If you like ordering this tasty, hot-and-cold treat at restaurants, now you can whip it up yourself any time.
You Will Need
* 1 qt. vanilla ice cream
* 3 egg whites
* 3 c. crushed cereal
* Vegetable oil
* A baking sheet
* Parchment paper
* An ice cream scoop
* Dessert dishes
* 3 c. cookie crumbs (optional)
* 3 c. sweetened coconut flakes (optional)
* 3 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
* ¼ tsp. salt (optional)
* Cinnamon (optional)
* Honey (optional)
* Whipped cream (optional)
* Chocolate sauce (optional)
* Cherries (optional)
Step 1: Line baking sheet
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Scoop ice cream onto baking sheet; freeze
Scoop eight balls of vanilla ice cream onto the lined baking sheet and put it in the freezer for an hour, until the ice cream is solid.
Step 3: Whip eggs in one bowl
Whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until they are foamy. Put the crushed cereal in another bowl.
Use cookie crumbs, coconut flakes, or chopped walnuts instead of or in addition the cereals.
Step 4: Roll ice cream
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and roll each ball in the egg whites, then in the cereal, and then place them back on the baking sheet.
Make your fried ice cream extra crispy by dipping each ice cream ball in the eggs and cereal a second time.
Step 5: Freeze the coated ice cream balls
Return the baking sheet to the freezer for at least three more hours, until the balls are frozen.
Step 6: Heat oil to 375 degrees
Add 4 inches vegetable oil to a Dutch oven or large pot and heat it to 375 degrees.
Add ¼ teaspoon of salt to the oil just before fr