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Fried Ice Cream Recipe with Sopapillas & Pear-Honey Sauce

Updated on March 17, 2016
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

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What is Fried Ice Cream?

While fried ice cream is definitely an American invention, there's a lot of controversy as to when it came into existence. Some say its birthplace was Chicago's World Fair in 1893, at the same time the ice cream sundae was introduced. Others say it was the brainchild of Japanese tempura restaurants of the 1960s. But one thing is certain: fried ice cream came into popularity in the United States in the early 1980s, when it was adopted by a popular Mexican restaurant chain.

What keeps fried ice cream from melting? First, the ice cream balls are frozen very hard, so a brief immersion in hot oil creates a crisp coating on the ice cream. Although fried ice cream is traditionally served on a cinnamon-sugar tortilla shell, why not try it with sopapillas for a spectacular treat? Finish it with pear-honey sauce and you'll have the perfect grand finale for a Mexican feast. Enjoy!


Tips:

  • Completely crush the crackers and cornflakes in a blender before measuring.
  • Allow plenty of time for the ice cream balls to freeze. If they're too soft, it will be impossible to roll them in the cornflakes.
  • Freeze cornflake-covered ice cream balls on a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap. The plastic will make it easier to peel off the very frozen ice cream balls without damaging them.


Rating

5 stars from 10 ratings of Fried Ice Cream with Sopapillas and Pear-Honey Sauce

Homemade Fried Ice Cream

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 quart ice cream, any flavor*
  • 3 cups cornflakes (cereal), crushed
  • 3 cups vanilla crackers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 egg whites

Instructions

  1. Scoop ice cream in 1/2 cup portions. Form six balls and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Combine crushed cornflakes, vanilla crackers and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Place egg whites in a bowl. Whip until foamy.
  4. Roll balls of ice cream in egg whites then in crumb mixture. Repeat the process, rolling them again in egg whites and crumb mixture.
  5. Freeze until very firm, 3-4 hours.
  6. Heat vegetable oil to 400 Fahreheit (204 Celsius).
  7. Fry ice cream balls for 10 seconds, or until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

*Horchata ice cream is the perfect complement for cinnamon-coated sopapillas. Our second choice is high quality vanilla or chocolate ice cream.


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knead the dough
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Golden brown sopapillas
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Sopapillas

Cornmeal gives the sopapillas an extra crunch. Served leftover sopapillas and honey for breakfast, instead of donuts.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, unbleached
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix milk, egg and butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cornmeal, yeast and salt
  3. Combine wet ingredients and dry. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough forms.
  4. Place dough onto a floured surface, such as a countertop, and knead until elastic and smooth, about 8 minutes. Add more flour, as necessary, to keep dough from sticking. See video at right for information on "how to knead".
  5. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until double in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and place on the floured surface.
  7. Cut dough in half.
  8. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough out into two circles, 1/4 inch.
  9. Using a knife, cut the dough into wedges as you would slice a pizza. You should have 16 wedges.
  10. Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan to 375 Fahrenheit, or 191 Celsius.
  11. Fry sopapillas, 2-3 at a time, until golden brown. As they puff and turn golden, flip them over and cook on the other side, about 2 minutes total.
  12. Combine 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon on a large plate.
  13. While sopapillas are still warm, roll them in the cinnamon and sugar.


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dissolve sugar
cube pears
cube pears

Pear-Honey Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 pears, peeled and chopped in cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to boil. Continue boiling until sugar dissolves, about a minute.
  2. Add salt and cubed pears. Simmer on medium heat for a minute, or until pears are tender.
  3. Combine 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons water to make a slurry. Quickly stir the slurry into the pear/sugar mixture.
  4. Add honey and stir to combine.
  5. Continue to boil for about a minute longer, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.
  6. Add vanilla and allow to cool before use. Store in refrigerator up to one week.


Assembly:

Arrange one sopapilla on each plate or bowl. Top with fried ice cream and serve with pear-honey sauce on the side.


Bon Appetit!

Fried Ice Cream With Pear-Honey Sauce
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    vespawoolf 14 months ago from Peru, South America

    Blond Logic, I appreciate your enthusiasm for this fried ice cream recipe. It's quite a bit of work but so worth it, especially when you share it with friends and family. Thanks for your comment.

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    Mary Wickison 14 months ago from Brazil

    I have never had fried ice cream. I also haven't tried sopapillas before. I've got to get out more!

    I imagine this makes a wonderfully rich dessert. I love using cornmeal in recipes. I suspect this will become a staple on our household dessert menu.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Careermommy, this recipe does require a bit of work but it's a great ending to a meal for special guests. Thanks for your comment and have a great weekend.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, the combination really is delicious although sometimes we only have time to make the sopapillas. : ) I hope you can try it sometime. Thanks for your comment!

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    Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    vespawoolf, this looks amazing. I've always wanted to try fried ice cream. The recipe seems intense, but well worth it!

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    What a delicacy! II have had sopapilla (loved Them) but this sounds so different and unique!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, thanks for the pin and comment! Although this dessert does require a little bit of work, it's the perfect ending for a Mexican feast. Have a nice weekend!

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    This recipe looks so yummy and tempting that I had to revisit this hub so I can share it again with my followers and this time (just got a new Pinterest acct. a couple of weeks ago) I'm going to pin it to my Fabulous Deserts board.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    tattuwurn, I'm glad you found an exciting way to use your ice cream. Thanks for the votes and comment!

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    tattuwurn 4 years ago

    I have ice cream on the fridge and it has been staying in the fridge for a couple of days. I might give this recipe a go to make it more exciting. Thanks for posting! Up and useful/awesome :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Livewirez, although fried ice cream requires a little preparation and time, it's so worth the effort! Hope you can try it sometime.

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    Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

    I love it.. Looking at the images only it makes me wanna eat it already..

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, I definitely recommend trying fried ice cream! It's such a unique creation and worth the extra effort. Thanks so much for the votes and comment!

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    This looks yummy. I like sopapillas and pear-honey sauce. Believe it or not, I've never had fried ice cream. The photos look so good, I may have to try this. Gave you 5 more stars and voted you up and interesting!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, I'm glad you've tried fried ice cream before.The sopapillas are also delicious on their own as a special treat sometime.Thanks again for your support!

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    This looks really good I love fried ice cream. I've never had sopapillas. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, this dessert does require a lot of preparation but it's nice for something special, especially after a nice Mexican food meal. Thanks for all your support!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I love warm sopapillas served with honey although I have not had them in quite some time. I have never had fried ice cream. Sounds interesting. Your photo makes the combination look extra good! Thanks for the recipes. Up and interesting votes.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kat_thurston, sopapillas are wonderful and especially while they're still warm and soft. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

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    kat_thurston 5 years ago

    WOW! thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I had these once remembered how good they were and been trying to find a good recipe ever since. Will defintealy be adding this to my list of ones to try.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    MamaKim8, this one is a lot of work. I only fry for company, but sopapillas are pretty yummy. The pear honey sauce would be great on oatmeal! What a smart idea. Thanks for commenting and voting!

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    Sasha Kim 5 years ago

    A triple recipe hub!! They all sound fantastic ^_^ I don't have time to make all of it today so I think I'll try the Pear honey sauce with oatmeal... mmm ^_^ I'd certainly like to make the sopapillas and fried ice cream as well... but frying in more than 1 inch of oil terrifies me. Voted up and pinned ^_^

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mvillecat, thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and plan to try the recipes. I appreciate the pin and comment, too!

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    Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

    I have pears waiting on my counter to be made into pear honey. This is a beautiful Hub and I have wanted to try making sopapillas for a long time. I have pinned this to my recipes. Thanks.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    ishwaryaa22, enjoy the fried ice cream sundae! It's a delicious treat anytime, but especially on a hot day. Thank you for your kind words, the vote and share.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    A unique dessert hub! I have not tried all these 3 before! The first and last photos look drool-worthy! Your 3 recipes are clearly explained. I would like to give this yummy dessert a try. Rated it 5 stars! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anamika S, thanks for the vote and your comment!

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    Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I have never tried a Fried Ice Cream. Would love to try that! Awesome Hub, voted up!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    JSMatthew, thanks so much for your kind words! Fried ice cream isn't difficult to master with a little practice. Enjoy the recipe and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I love the cornmeal in these sopapillas for the added crunch. Some sopapillas are leavened with baking powder, but taking the extra time to make them with yeast is so worth the effort. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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    JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    This is really great! I have tried this a few times before and always wanted to know how to make it at home...now I do! I have bookmarked this in my browser folder for recipes. I voted and am sharing! This should be a hub of the Day!

    JSMatthew~

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I've been missing my sopapillas ever since the restaurant nearby that made them just closed up. This is a great substitute. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow Rebeccamealey, you make me feel so good about my hub! Thanks a lot for the kind words.

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Wow, does that look good! I have had So-papillas . Loved them! The pear sauce is so unique. Your food photography skills are the creme de la creme.Sharing for sure!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    creativelycc, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you have the chance to try the ice cream!

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    Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

    Yum, this sounds so good! I'd love to try it sometime!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Prasetio, thank you for your vote! It's always nice to meet a fellow ice cream lover. : )

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Ice cream is my favorite desert. But I had never heard about Sopapillas. It sound delicious and good combination with ice cream. Voted up and shared.

    Prasetio

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Viking305, thank you so much for sharing and for taking the time to read and comment. Enjoy the ice cream!

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    L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

    I never knew there was such a thing as fried ice cream. The photos of your recipe look so good that I have to try this very soon. The pear sauce is easy enough to make too from your step by step instructions.

    Thank you for introducing me to a new and wonderful ice cream recipe

    Sharing with followers and on Twitter, voted 5 stars

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    StephanieBCrosby, until I did the research I had no idea fried ice cream was Japanese! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    HawaiiHeart, fried ice cream is extra delicious with sopapillas! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Brett.Tesol, so nice to meet a fellow fried ice cream lover. Thank you for sharing and for commenting!

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    Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

    I love fried ice cream. When I go out for Japanese, I always make sure I leave room for dessert, and it is always fried ice cream. Once I did try the Spanish version of fried ice cream. But there was no real comparison. I never thought of making it from scratch though.

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    HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

    OMG...love fried ice cream! Never had it with sopapillas before. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

    Wonderful hub, extremely detailed and well put together. Fried ice cream is something I only recently had in Asia, but it is oooooooh soooooo tasty ;-).

    Up, awesome and sharing with followers.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jennzie, you haven't lived until you've tried sopapillas! This recipe is especially delicious because of the addition of cornmeal. They're wonderful served with honey as well as ice cream.

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    jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    That looks delicious- my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! I've also never had sopapillas but now I definitely want to try them.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Molometer, how interesting that you had something similar in S. Africa. Enjoy the recipe and thank you for coming by.

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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    These look really tasty. I have had something similar in South Africa. Called a Kooksister. (don't think I spelled that right) but very nice to eat.

    Will try this recipe/ Fried ice cream is a win win. :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Om Paramapoonya, this is a delicious combination! It's nice to hear from you again.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    I don't think I've ever had sopapillas. They look ridiculously good, though! Can't wait to try this recipe.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thelma Alberts, this is a rich, special occasion dessert and I hope you have the opportunity to try it someday. Thank you for commenting!

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    It looks yummy! It is the first time I have heard of fried ice cream and sopapillas. Thanks for letting me know about them. Very informative hub.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Randomcreative, I'm happy this recipe could be of use to you. It's always nice to hear from you.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Wow, this looks heavenly! Thanks for making the recipe so accessible. I wouldn't be intimated to try this at home now.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Buckleupdorothy, a high-powered freezer would sure help the process along. Mine is underpowered, so I have to start a day before the ice cream balls can freeze overnight before frying. It's always nice to hear from you.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, Kelleyward! It's nice to hear from you again.

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    You did an amazing job with this hub! I gave it 5 stars! Never had fried ice cream before but pairing it with sopapillas has got to be amazing! Great recipe! Take care, Kelley

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    buckleupdorothy 5 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    This looks AMAZING. Absolutely something worth trying when I'm visiting my parents and their high-powered refrigerator. Oo, can't wait.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mhatter99, I'm glad you like the recipe! Thank you for leaving a comment and, by the way, I like your name. : )

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for this "dream come true" (it really is)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    LetitiaFT, the secret is throw a dinner party, enjoy a small portion and feed the rest to your guests! lol Thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Victoria Anne, i hope you have a chance to try this dessert and thank you for commenting.

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    LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

    Vespawoolf, I have a feeling we're all going to have a few pounds to lose by the end of June if you keep coming out with these scrumptious recipes!

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    Victoria Anne 5 years ago from Las Vegas

    This looks amazing! I love fried ice cream and sopapillas but I've never had them together!