Often, when I find myself craving ice cream in the Epcot resort area, I will either stop by Beaches & Cream or Ample Hills. On my way home last night, I came across the funnel cake booth at Disney’s Boardwalk. Now, I knew that this kiosk existed and that it sold funnel cakes, but I was unaware of the presence of fried ice cream. Need less to say, I had to try it.
The Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake sounds good, but not what we are here for this time…
Fried Ice Cream ($5.50)
What is fried ice cream?
Fried ice cream is a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream.
The dessert is commonly made by taking a scoop of ice cream frozen well below the temperature at which ice cream is generally kept, possibly coating it in raw egg, rolling it in cornflakes or cookie crumbs, and briefly deep frying it. The extremely low temperature of the ice cream prevents it from melting while being fried. It may be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and a touch of peppermint, though whipped cream or honey may be used as well.
The Boardwalk version keeps it simple. While the vanilla ice cream is fairly standard, the fried breading makes it above average. In fairness, I’ve never had fried ice cream before so I don’t know how this stacks up against the competition. I have had fried Oreos and assorted candy bars at some small fairs back in New York, and I will say I would rather have had any of those than this. I would also rather have Ample Hills ice cream, which is just steps away.
If you are looking for something different, this really isn’t bad, but you will probably want to splurge on the funnel cake or just stop for ice cream somewhere else nearby.