Disclaimer: This sponsored post is made possible by the wonderful folks at General Mills + Acorn Influence collaborating with QueRicaVida. All opinions are 100% my own.
How do we honor our future? My answer to that question is by honoring our children. When I was on Twitter the other day, I noticed a hashtag #KidsTodayin4Words and I joyfully participated. My tweet was that kids are The Future Decision Makers! #KidsTodayin4words Teach Them Well!
Unfortunately the Twitterverse was not as kind or friendly about kids today and that is really a big shame. Dia Del Nino or Day of the Child is a nationally recognized holiday and celebration in Mexico that has extended into the US. Children’s Day in general is actually celebrated all over the world. This nationally recognized holiday is typically observed on April 30th and was first celebrated in 1925 to account for the important role that children play in today’s society. They are our future, don’t take them for granted.
Dia De Los Libros
In addition to Dia De Los Ninos, the American Library Association also celebrates El dia de los libros as a way to emphasize literacy, books, languages and culture. We can incorporate these lessons into the everyday life and not just for one day. Everyday chores and simple tasks such as cooking with our kids are not only educational tasks but also provide an opportunity for fun, delicious, memory making. That’s why I partnered up with General Mills to feature one of their awesome cereals to bring you an easy and delicious recipe en celebracion de dia del nino. Try any of their cereals such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Lucky Charms or Cocoa Puffs conveniently available at Walmart. These cereals not only make breakfast fun for the kids, but they also make cooking fun. If you need more ideas you can also check out the Dia De Los Ninos Pinterest Board. Just last week the kids in my daughter’s class used leftover plastic easter eggs, filled them with Trix using butter,marshmallows and cereal. Spray cooking oil spray in the Easter Egg after you melted the butter and marshmallow and you instantly have an awesome treat. For this particular treat in celebration of Dia De Los Ninos, I am making Mexican Fried Ice Cream.
Dia De Los Ninos and Fried Ice Cream
Ice Cream originated in China and the Chinese actually invented or created fried ice cream using Tempura batter. The Mexican version is unique where the dough that covers the outside of the ice cream is typically prepared with corn flakes, nuts, crackers or tortilla crumbs. The ice cream typically needs to be frozen almost solid to handle the hot oil. I am making this for Dia De Los Ninos because my kids love ice cream and my cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls. In the version that I am making I will sautee and flash pan fry the Cocoa Puff Coating, roll the ice cream in it and served. So an easy way to make it with less oil mess. To add an extra special touch I am also including a recipe for cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls.
Recipe: Easy Mexican Fried Ice Cream in Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls
Let me emphasize the easy part. I could easily fry this but that made a mess and most of us don’t have subzero freezer to ensure the ice cream is solid through so I did it the easy way by taking the dry ingredients and toasting them in butter in a frying pan or comal.
- 1 (1.5 quart) container Vanilla Ice Cream – or any flavor. My daughter picked Blue Birthday Cake
- Whipped Topping
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups Cocoa Puffs, crushed
- 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup of sliced almonds (omit for nut allergy)
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- ¾ cup sugar
- Whipped Topping, Dulce de Leche or Caramel and anything you like
- Six 6-inch flour tortillas
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Ice Cream Scoop – the kind with the release is easiest
- cookie sheets lined with wax paper or parchment paper
- Large resealable bag with rolling pin to crush cereal and dry items (I use a food processor)
- Large Skillet or comal
- Muffin Pam
Scoop balls of ice cream and place onto a cookie sheet lined with paper and freeze for a few hours or overnight. You will probably have to decrease the temperature of your freezer to get it really hard.
Place Cocoa Puffs cereal, cinnamon, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and almonds in the food processor to crush or you can crush via a resealable bag and crush with rolling pin.
In skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add crushed dry ingredients and stir until well coated. Cook for about 2 – 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from heat and spread out on cookie sheet to cool slightly or place them in a deep bowl.
For the ice cream balls you can either roll them onto the crumbs or place them in the bowl with crumbs to completely coat them. Place back in the freezer for a few more hours
Cinnamon Tortilla Bowls
Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease your muffin pan.
If you don’t have 6 inch Flour tortillas you can cut them to size using a jar and cutting round pieces. I used a small size to make smaller bowls. Brush the entire tortilla with melted butter. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and dip your tortilla into the dry mix. Turn the tortilla over, and repeat on the second side. Place the tortillas into a muffin pan or even an oven proof ramekin or small oven proof bowl. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. The tortillas should have a crinkly design.
Bake the bowls for 15 minutes, or until browned. Let the bowls sit in the tin for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Finishing Touches – Creating the Mexican Fried Ice Cream Bowls
When the tortilla bowls are cool place a coated ice cream ball into each tortilla bowl and you can also cut the ice cream ball if it’s smaller than the bowl (I had to do this). Once in each bowl, add toppings such as dulce de leche, whipped topping, even Cocoa Puffs Cereal. Enjoy!
You can get a lot of great recipe ideas at QueRicaVida.
Have you heard of Dia De Los Ninos? How do you celebrate?
If you like this recipe made with Cocoa Puffs from General Mills, I have another recipe made from General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios that I posted to my Tumblr Page:
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