Not Fried Chicken Ice Cream: TikTok’s Viral Sensation


Fried Chicken Ice Cream
“Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream Bucket

At first glance, “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream looks exactly like fried chicken drumsticks. Inside each yellow and white striped bucket emblazoned with a giant chicken are nine crispy, crunchy coated drumsticks. With just one bite, you quickly realize this is NOT fried chicken — it’s ice cream! It’s a playful, intricate ice cream creation that has taken over TikTok.

The faux fried chicken is the genius invention of artisanal ice cream truck Life Raft Treats. Life Raft Treats reinvents classic ice cream truck treats in Charleston, South Carolina. This cute, cool treat is a mix of childhood favorites: 

  • Smooth and creamy ice cream
  • Crunchy chocolate biscuits
  • Crispy Corn Flakes

Winner, winner, chicken dinner…er…dessert.

Is There Such a Thing as Fried Chicken Ice Cream?

Yes, there really is such a thing as Fried Chicken Ice Cream, and it’s cluckin’ good. However, it’s not chicken-flavored ice cream. This tastes nothing like chicken. Fried Chicken Ice Cream is actually a frozen dessert made to look like fried chicken hence its name: “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream.

“Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream is a frozen treat that is made of:

  • Waffle-flavored ice cream dipped in caramelized white chocolate
  • Crushed Corn Flakes cereal
  • Chocolate cookies

The ice cream and white chocolate coating mimic chicken meat and skin. The crushed cereal resembles fried chicken batter, The chocolate cookie center imitates the chicken bone found in a real chicken drumstick. Each bucket of chicken ice cream is made with locally-farmed dairy and eggs.
This cool creation was invented by pastry chef Cynthia Wong of Life Raft Treats. Life Raft Treats is “the only award-winning, chef-driven artisanal ice cream truck in South Carolina,” according to Life Raft Treats. Wong is a six-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

_Not Fried Chicken_ Ice Cream Bucket
_Not Fried Chicken_ Ice Cream

What Does Fried Chicken Ice Cream Taste Like?

Fried Chicken Ice Cream tastes like waffle cone and vanilla ice cream coated in Corn Flakes. This no-bake, ice cream dessert is creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty — all at the same time. When you bite into each drumstick, there is a loud crunch. It’s the same crunch heard when biting into extra crispy fried chicken.

This creative ice cream looks like tender, juicy pieces of fried chicken coated in a golden, crunchy batter, but it’s really a sweet treat! This Fried Chicken Ice Cream does not contain chicken.

Where to Buy Not Fried Chicken Ice Cream?

“Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream can be bought online via Goldbelly and in-person at Life Raft Treats in Charleston, South Carolina. Buckets of “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly. Each order contains:

  • 9 Ice Cream Bars (3 oz. each)
  • 1 “Not Fried Chicken” Bucket

This whimsical and humorous treat is so fun and realistic, you’ll want to play with your food. Whether you’re looking for a fake fried chicken feast for your next BBQ, to fool a friend for fun, or to indulge during your next Netflix binge, “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream is a finger lickin’ good time.

Don’t cluck around. Shop TikTok social media sensation “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream shipping nationwide on Goldbelly! Plus, discover other popular foods trending today.

Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack is a journalist who writes about all things food for Goldbelly. She is passionate about exploring the world one meal at a time. Her favorite things to Goldbelly include cakes, biscuit sandwiches, and ice cream.

Lauren has been a journalist for more than two decades and has specialized in writing about travel and food for much of that time. Her work has appeared in 150+ websites, magazines, apps, and guidebooks, including Cheapflights, CultureTrip, INSIDER, Lonely Planet, Newsweek International, Savory Traveler, Seeker, The Daily Meal, ThoughtCo (formerly, Thrillist, Time Out, TripSavvy, and Zagat.

A lover of Taiwan's night markets, Singapore's hawker centers, and New York City's food trucks, Lauren has never skipped a meal or dessert. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring the world's best food and will try — almost — anything. Her favorite foods are pizza, ice cream, dim sum, sushi, and Taiwanese braised pork rice, and she can't resist a chef's tasting menu.

From backpacking across Europe and Asia to circumnavigating the globe by ship to living like a local in multiple cities, her travels have taken her on food explorations to 60+ countries on five continents. She has called Miami, Beijing, Taipei, and New York home.