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How To: Fried Ice Cream Balls

With summer right around the corner, it's always fun making new cool and refreshing treats for your friends and family. While you could stick with regular ice cream, ice pops and other ice-cold treats, take the classic ice cream to a whole new level by deep-frying a few scoops.

Last week, I watched Carla Hall and Daphne Oz, along with the help of guest Curtis Stone, make fried ice cream balls coated in coconut and corn flakes on The Chew. While my mouth was watering, I decided to give this a shot. I have always been intimidated by frying anything at home, but it isn't as hard as it seems.

Here's how you can make fried ice cream balls for your family and friends.

First, you need to prepare the ice cream balls ahead of time. Using a scooper, scoop out balls of your favorite ice cream (I am using Blue Bell's Homemade In The Shade), then tightly pack each scoop into a ball. You don't want there to be any air pockets, otherwise the ice cream balls won't fry properly.

Once the balls are made, stick them on a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. Meanwhile, prepare the coating. Daphne and Carla used toasted coconut flakes and crushed cornflakes, but you can use any crispy coating you want. I used crushed graham crackers for a light coating around the sweet ice cream.

Roll the ice cream balls in four whipped egg whites, then into the coating, and stick them back into the freezer for about two hours to make sure the ice cream balls and the coating are stuck together. You don't want things to fall apart when you deep-fry them.

As soon as the ice cream balls are ready, prepare a pot with oil. Carla and Daphne's recipe says to fill the pot 2/3 full with oil and heat to 400 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, place two or three ice cream balls into the oil and cook for about ten seconds, then remove from oil. Sprinkle a little bit of salt on each ice cream ball and serve with whatever you desire to decorate the fried ice cream with -- honey, chocolate syrup, caramel, sprinkles, whipped cream and, of course, a maraschino cherry.

You'll love the saltiness and crispiness of the coating and the cold ice cream underneath. This is the perfect treat to change up ice cream sundae night. Prepare the ice cream balls ahead of time to easily fry.

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