Chi-Chi's Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Chi-Chi's Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream

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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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  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • 2 maraschino cherries with stems
Topping (Optional)
  • Honey
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Strawberry topping
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      1. Prepare each tortilla by frying it in the hot oil in a frying pan over medium/high heat. Fry each side of the tortilla for about 1 minute until crispy. Drain the tortillas on paper towels.

      2. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.

      3. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon mixture over both sides of the fried tortillas coating evenly. Not all of the sugar mixture will stick to the tortillas, and that's okay.

      4. Combine the other half of the cinnamon mixture with the cornflake crumbs in another small bowl. Pour the cornflake mixture into a wide, shallow bowl or onto a plate.

      5. Place a large scoop of ice cream in the cornflake crumbs, and with your hands roll the ice cream around until the entire surface is evenly coated with cornflake crumbs. You should not be able to see the ice cream.

      6. Place the ice cream scoop in the center of a cinnamon/sugar coated tortilla.

      7. Spray whipped cream around the base of the ice cream. Spray an additional pile of cream on top of the ice cream.

      8. Put a cherry in the top pile of whipped cream. Repeat for the remaining scoop of ice cream. serve with a side dish of honey, chocolate syrup, or strawberry topping, if desired.

      Serves 2.

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Score: 3.00. Votes: 2
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Cindy Luongo
Oct 11, 2014, 22:00

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.

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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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