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Chi-Chi's Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream

By Todd Wilbur


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Menu Description: "Our specialty! French Vanilla ice cream with a crunchy, crispy cinnamon coating. Served with your choice of honey, chocolate or strawberry topping."

Cooks at Chi-Chi's chain of Mexican restaurants are instructed to not memorize recipes for the dishes they make. Management says each chef is required to consult the company cookbooks every time they whip up a meal, so that each dish tastes exactly the same in every Chi-Chi's any time of the day. Perhaps it's that practice that has made Chi-Chi's the largest Mexican restaurant chain in the country.

This crispy-coated ice cream sundae is not exactly fried as you may expect by the name. The scoop of vanilla ice cream is actually rolled in cornflake crumbs that have been flavored with sugar and cinnamon, giving it the appearance and texture of being fried. It's a simple idea that tastes just great, and is well worth the try. Chi-Chi's calls this their "specialty" and claims it's the most requested dessert item on the menu.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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Cindy Luongo
Oct 11, 2014, 21:00

I don't care that this isn't made the exact way chi chi's did. It tastes exactly like it and is the best fried ice cream ever!! I have the book this recipe is in.. bought it years ago and have made this recipe many times.. in fact this recipe is the reason I bought the book. and I have never been disappointed.

former chi chi's cook
Jan 15, 2014, 22:00

As someone who made these at chi chi's the corn flakes are not mixed with cinnamon and sugar. The ice cream is rolled in cinnamon and sugar mixture and then coated in corn flakes. it is then dipped in the deep frier for 10 seconds to crisp the coating.