Australian café creates 'world's first' deep-fried vegan ice cream

Food 08/07/2019

An Australian café has sent vegans (and regular old foodies) into a frenzy this week, after creating what they say is the world's first deep-fried vegan Magnum.

Using a dairy-free almond Magnum, Sydney's Milky Lane café smothered the ice cream in maple syrup, coated it in sweet biscuit crumbs, twirled it in whipped coconut-milk cream and then covered it in corn flakes.

The unbelievable creation is then popped into a special deep-fryer which does not use any animal or dairy products and fried until crispy and golden, before being finished with lashings of vegan chocolate sauce.

Pictures of the drool-worthy plant-based treat have since gone viral on Milky Lane's Facebook page, racking up thousands of comments, likes and shares in a matter of days.

Christian Avant, one of the owners of Milky Lane, told Caters that their decadent deep-fried vegan Magnum comes in at 341 calories before it is deep-fried, but guessed that the frying process would up the calories to "around 400".

"The idea behind this treat was to mimic our famous deep-fried magnums, but obviously making it vegan," he said.

"We swapped out the egg in the batter for coconut cream and swapped crushed Arnott's arrowroot biscuits for Arnott's 'Nice' biscuits, which make part of the crumb.

"It is then deep-fried in our dessert fryer which has no dairy or animal products cooked through it."

Avant says they've started turning to more vegan food, to make Milky Lane somewhere "that everyone can enjoy".

"It took us a little longer than we had first hoped because we had to create separate cooking area, source suppliers and of course, make sure that everything we created was over-the-top and seriously mouth-watering or indulgent, as with everything we do."

Now it's up to Kiwi cafés to take on the challenge!