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Corndog Days of Summer: A Sweet and Savory Experiment

Corndog Dessert Experiment
Combining sweet and savory in desserts is not a new thing--unless you've been living under a rock, you've certainly encountered desserts with savory elements--bacon or honey baked ham cupcakes, chili-infused chocolates and caramels; cakes with a cheesy secret; salted licorice ice cream...the list goes on.

Nonetheless I was intrigued when I came across this corndog dessert. It sounded interesting, yes--but delicious? The inventor of the recipe, a pastry chef who also invented a fried chicken dessert assured me it was tasty; I had heard good things about incorporating corndogs into desserts in the past. I set out to see for myself.

Starting out: For the recipe, I started out with Plinio's recipe mentioned above, but substituted the hot dogs with veggie dogs, and instead of making my own ice cream (too hard!) I simply used store-bought French Vanilla. Before anything else, I made the batter and let it sit for about an hour in the fridge. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for all of the ingredients.
Veggie Dogs
Let the Experimentation Begin: 


That didn't work out.Oh well.

Idea 1: To make the little corndogs as if they were little balls of fried ice cream: surrounding a piece of veggie dog with vanilla ice cream, then coating it all in the cornmeal batter and frying it quickly. 
Verdict: Two problems: First, I don't think I let the ice cream set long enough, and it all imploded. Second: it occurred to me that having the veggie dog surrounded by ice cream would mean that at the center of this treat you'd find a chunk of frozen veggie dog. Sorry, but definitely not a delicious prospect.


Corndog Dessert

Idea 2: Going for a simpler approach, I coated chunks of cooked veggie dog in the cornmeal batter, and fried them up in a skillet filled with butter and sugar. This gave for a nice, carmel-y crisp edge; they were then served a la mode with plain vanilla ice cream.
Verdict: This method did work better, and the taste was actually pretty good--I think the hardest part was getting over the visual of the little pink coin of veggie dog, but taste-wise it had a nice sweet and salty thing going on.


Corndog Dessert Skewer
Idea 3: Building off of the success of Idea #2, this time I brought back the ice cream ball idea again, but this time put a little dollop of spicy mustard inside of each ball of ice cream and then let them cool for an hour in an extra-cold freezer. Then, I fried up another batch of the corndog-fritters and skewered them on a stick, alternating the fritters and balls of mustard-filled ice cream (note: you might want to let your little corndogs cool for just a little while--if they are still hot, the ice cream will melt a bit too rapidly for you to get them together).

Make Room for MustardBalls of Ice Cream
Verdict: Once again, once you can separate yourself from the weird factor of mixing hot dogs and ice cream, it's actually pretty good. I was most suprised by how nicely the spicy mustard worked with the rich vanilla ice cream though: it was a surprisingly addictive combination. 
Resolution: This was a very fun experiment, and once past the weird factor, the dessert is actually pretty palatable. Nonetheless, I don't think it is going to make it into my regular dessert rotation--as fun as it is to challenge yourself sometimes, I still think guests might make faces if you tried to serve this to them at a barbecue.

Corndog Dessert
Miscellaneous things you'll need:
  • 3 veggie dogs (or two would be fine if you like smaller pieces--you'll end up with about 20 golfball-sized corndog balls)
  • Vanilla Ice cream (if you got a half-gallon, it would be too much, but I'm sure you'll put it to good use).
  • Spicy mustard, if desired (I used Gulden's)
  • For frying: a stick of butter and as much sugar as you want to sprinkle in with it

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 ea egg
1 cup milk



Combine dry ingredients; in separate bowl, combine egg and milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before use.
At this point, choose your adventure! You can coat each piece of veggie dog (I cooked mine first) and fry it up in a butter-and-sugar mixture and serve a la mode; you could make them up and skewer them with ice cream balls, or you could invent your own variation. Have fun!


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Reader Comments (14)

Hahahahah, my questions have been answered....and then some :P

You're nuts....and very brave I might add, to actually taste it. I love plain vanilla ice cream and I love spicy mustard....would I enjoy them together? Had I not read this it never would have even come close to crossing my mind but now it's got me thinking.

July 8 | Unregistered CommenterBear Silber

Oooh, very interesting! The corn-batter + ice cream combo sounds very yummy, actually, so maybe I'll start with just trying that. :)

July 8 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

I like the "choose your own adventure" option with this, giving us three different ways to try it out. I am intrigued and slightly baffled at the same time. Hot Dogs, mustard, and ice cream are three things I never imagined on the same plate.

The first picture looks like potato pancakes + ice cream...which I sort of want to eat now...

July 9 | Unregistered Commenterfeathermar

You know I love you CakeSpy, but I'm going to sit this one out. :-)

I have to give you props for even attempting this dessert. I'm not sure if I would make it but if someone else did I would surly try it:)

July 10 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Oh love! C'mon now. You KNOW ice cream is like mad crazy easy to make!!! Get on it!

July 10 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Wow - what a weird but interesting idea! I love corn dogs and ice cream so this is definitely something that I'd be at least willing to try.

Though I may also agree with the thought above to try fried corncakes and ice cream first :)

July 12 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Yay veggie dogs! I think I may want to try this.

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October 14 | Unregistered Commenterkristin
You are brave to try such ingredients. I would want to taste it first before my experiments. This is a great site and I want to thank all who are posting here. I will be back.
October 30 | Unregistered CommenterEan
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