Ice Cream Balls

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + freezing


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
These ice cream balls are a fun and easy dessert to fix—even the kids can help. The cereal adds a crunchy texture to the ice cream and makes an everyday treat something special. —Anne Marie Woodhull, Cedar Springs, Michigan
Ice Cream Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups Corn Chex, crushed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • Optional: Hot fudge or caramel ice cream topping, and maraschino cherries


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine cereal, sugar and butter. Add nuts. Shape ice cream into 1-in. balls; roll in cereal mixture until well coated.
  2. Freeze for at least 1 hour. If desired, serve with fudge or caramel ice cream topping and cherries.

Ice Cream Balls Tips

Can you make this ice cream ball recipe with other types of ice cream?

Of course! Try this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe (or any one of our best ice cream recipes). You can also try one of our favorite non-dairy ice creams from the grocery store.

What other cereal can you use in an ice cream ball recipe?

Any kind you like, really. Experiment with lots of cereal flavors—including cinnamon, fruit or peanut butter—and pair them with your favorite ice cream for extra fun. Want to use up the box? Try these other tasty ways to use cereal.

How do you store ice cream balls?

Freeze them on a baking tray until firm. Transfer to a zip top bag and freeze for up to three months. To keep your coating crunchy, eat them sooner than later!

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris

Nutrition Facts

4 ice cream balls: 331 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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