Gluten Free Mexican Fried Ice Cream

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In truth, the title is a bit of a misnomer. There is nothing “fried” about this recipe. This recipe for gluten free Mexican fried ice cream uses your favorite ice cream, Cinnamon Chex, and super easy homemade chocolate sauce.

You"ll fall in love after one bite of this gluten-free mexican unfried ice cream

It All Started at Chi-Chi’s

When I was younger, I was a Chi-Chi’s fanatic. You know, back when they had actual restaurants where they sung to you on your birthday, making you wear that ridiculous sombrero. I’ve made many a memory there. I even went there for a family lunch after I graduated from college. Without fail, there was one thing I always craved. That Mexican fried ice cream. But Chi-Chi’s is no more and now I have Celiac Disease. Therefore I set out to create this recipe for Gluten Free Mexican fried ice cream balls.

Mexican unfried ice cream is easy to make with crushed Cinnamon Chex cereal

No Fryer Necessary

I’m not a huge fan of frying. It always uses more oil than I want, and I tend to make my house all smoky. In addition, I don’t quite understand how one can “fry” ice cream without making it melt. While there may be a way, for sure I’d be the one to make a terrible mess of it. So I chose to be creative and use Cinnamon Chex to create these little Mexican fried ice cream balls. It works so well anyone can do it!

Most Important Ingredient

I think the most important ingredient in making this Mexican fried ice cream recipe is patience. After scooping out the ice cream, they need to freeze for a while. Then, once you coat them, they should freeze again for a while. You’ll want to eat this immediately, but trust me, allowing them to harden is worth the wait. In the meantime, you can make this batch of SUPER easy homemade chocolate syrup. Much better than store purchased and dairy-free!

Mexican unfried ice cream topped with whipped cream

Can Mexican Fried Ice Cream Be Made Dairy Free?

Most Mexican fried ice cream recipes call for making large, regular scoops. I chose to use my 1 oz. Pampered Chef scoop to make miniature balls. I used So Delicious Vanilla ice cream, so this can be easily made dairy-free. If you choose not to coat them in chocolate syrup, they’d make an excellent dessert finger food. Just eat them fast, because it would be a pity if they melted and went to waste!

Mexican unfried ice cream on long platter

Craving More Mexican Comida (Food)?

This Gluten Free Mexican Fried Ice Cream makes a great dessert after a Latin American meal. Meal suggestions include my Arroz Con Pollo, or my Black Bean Enchiladas. Looking for something else handheld? Try my Gluten Free Baked Empanadas or my Pupusas.  If you’d like other ideas for sweets, my Gluten Free Tres Leche Pudding is simple, yet delicious!

Recipe for Gluten Free Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Mexican unfried ice cream on long platter

Gluten Free Mexican Fried Ice Cream


For the Ice Cream Balls

  • 1 pint ice cream Use So Delicious if you’re dairy-free!
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Rice Chex crushed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

For the Dairy Free Chocolate Syrup

  • 1/4 c. Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt


  • Scoop ice cream into spheres and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Once all scoops have been made, place cookie sheet in freezer for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • In 3 cup mini food processor, pulverize cereal into crumbs. Add cinnamon and sugar. Process again to mix spices throughout.
  • Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften, approximately 4-5 minutes. Use your hands to pack cinnamon crumb mixture onto ice cream balls. Once all balls are coated, return to freezer to harden until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, remove from freezer. Top with chocolate syrup and a dab of whipped cream.
  • To make Chocolate Syrup
  • In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa, water and sugar. Gently stir over medium heat until some of the water cooks off and the syrup begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat, add vanilla and pinch of salt. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
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Originally Published April 2017


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