Mini Cheese Corn Dogs

Words: Dwight Co/Photography: Mylene Chung/Styling and Recipe Development: Katherine Jao/June 4, 2012

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How long has it been since you’ve last encountered a “Toilet Surprise?”

If that gave you a half-chuckle, then you know what I mean. If not, read on.

A toilet surprise usually begins when you desperately need to use the toilet. Upon locking the door of your little private box, the first symptom of a toilet surprise reveals itself—a closed lid. When you begin this endeavor, the big question comes to mind, “Should I open the lid or not?”

If you choose to brave the challenge, then you’ll know the answer. If it’s an empty, sparkling white bowl, then the surprise ends. On the other hand, if you see any discolorations—either yellow, brown or green-black, congratulations to your toilet surprise experience.

Lucky for us, not all surprises are of the toilet kind. Some are actually wonderful.

If you’ve noticed in these photos, these corn dogs don’t contain any hotdogs—they’re actually sliced cheese sticks inside that’ll nicely melt when you cook them.

If you’d like to give your friends and family surprises other than the toilet sort, then try and cook this for them.

Mini Cheese Corn Dogs

Yield: 16 sticks


  • 1 bar cheddar cheese
  • 1 small box Maya hotcake mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Mustard and ketchup (serving suggestion)


  1. Slice cheese into sticks.
  2. Secure them with toothpicks. Set aside.
  3. Prepare hotcake batter as directed on packaging.
  4. Add baking powder and whisk well.
  5. Heat oil on medium flame.
  6. Dip cheese stick in batter and gently submerge in the oil.
  7. Repeat for the rest of the cheese sticks.
  8. Deep fry in batches until golden brown.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Serve with mustard and ketchup.


  1. Do not use quick-melt cheese brands for this recipe or else the cheese will spill out of the hotcake coating. You can use other types of hard cheeses.

Dwight Co

Managing Director/Founder

When he was nine, Dwight stormed the kitchen and proudly cooked himself his first dish, Spam and eggs. Realizing his immense talent for cooking canned food, he co-founded in 2012. Aside from directing's content and design, Dwight also makes websites and runs a tiny ramen house in Burgos Circle called Wrong Ramen. See More.

  • lily

    the photos really are amazing! you’d literally want to pick them off your pc screen and eat ’em!

    • Mylene Chung

      Thanks so much Lily! Glad you like them! Try the recipe sometime!:D

  • Maybs

    TOILET SURPRISE!!! hahahahha!! 😀 how apt.. i wonder where you got the inspiration. ahahah!

    • Mylene Chung

      hahahaha! Goes to show how much Dwight loves talking about these things, we were just talking about it earlier today, at lunch even!XD

  • Isai Martinez

    Crazy crazy introduction hahaha! But interesting recipe… 

    • Mylene Chung

      hahaha! Thanks Isai! We blame it on Dwight, he loves these crazy intros!:) Hope you can try the recipe soon!

  • Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Hahaha. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a food blog talk about that before. But how cool are these guys!

    • Mylene Chung

      hahaha! Thanks Russell! We try our best to be as crazy as possible! Try the recipe soon!:D

  • Alyssa

    With a three and four year old, I often find those unpleasent suprises.  I love these, very cute!  And stunning photos!

    • Mylene Chung

      Thanks so much Alyssa! Glad you liked the post!:D Try the recipe soon, I’m sure your kids will love them!

  • Sydneylyn

    Love this recipe and will definitely try it tomorrow. I have been wanting to get rid of that bar of cheddar cheese on my refrigerator. Thanks a bunch!! ^.^

    • Mylene Chung

      Enjoy and don’t forget to tell us what you think! Thanks for always being our guinea pig and trying out our recipes Syndey!:D

      • Sydneylyn

        haha you’re welcome and will surely tell you how it goes! :) 

  • Bob

    Another simple recipe to try this weekend!

    • Mylene Chung

      Enjoy! Hope you like it! We’d really appreciate any form of feedback if you can!:D haha!

  • Bob


  • April Barksdale

    I live in the U.S. Any thing I can substitute for the batter? These look SO good!!

    • Katherine Jao

      Hi April! Try Bisquik pancake mix. :)

    • EatIt

      you can also use jiffy cornbread mix. make it as the directions advise, but use less liquid than they ask for to make the batter thicker.

  • Jaimie

    I love corn dogs! I hate toilet surprises! I had a terrible one in India. I was in the bathroom with my mom, it was so bad she slammed the toilet seat cover and pushed me out with her stomach screaming out! out! out! I caught her later in the day with cotton buds dipped in mouthwash “cleaning” her nostrils :) Now, we can laugh about it :) 

  • Amanda Cruz

    I love that this post has extra pics of the process–and just enough so I have an idea of how easy the recipe is without reading it yet. Lovely! Do you guys already have posts with HD videos? :) Seeing the gorgeous photos, I’m already drooling on my keyboard at the thought of art-directed preparation.

  • EatIt

    da fuck did i just read?

  • Bette Sticks

    This reminds me of the precious surprises life brings you when you are not ready or looking! I blew my nose and to my horror there was some red snot. I was like WHAA!? Needless to say I cried – sobbed! – because I thought my head was bleeding out my thoughts and I’d lose all my favorite memories. I laid down and then it hit me! When fighting with my cat (play fight lol) Midges scratched the inside of my nose/nasal passage! THAT’s what the blood was!!! From the scratch. So glad I’m here to see this and know its not just me lol. I can’t wait to make these corn-dogs!

  • Chef de Cuisine

    Truly sad. “When he was nine, Dwight stormed the kitchen and proudly cooked himself his first dish, Spam and eggs. Realizing his immense talent for cooking canned food”–LMAO.

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  • Chef de Cuisine

    Mini Corn Dogs, really? Using canned ingredients and store bought prepackaged Maya mix? You are an embarrassment. Perhaps you might want to consider going back to culinary school, or simply just go to one before posting recipes online. I’m an executive chef in a Michelin starred restaurant and I’d fire the idiot who would even dare to approach me with anything but beautifully fresh ingredients.

  • Chef de Cuisine

    Deep fried garbage in lieu of a good meal using fresh ingredients, that is truly sad. Cooking at home shouldn’t mean compromising the quality/freshness of the ingredients. Producing a great meal isn’t rocket science. You have to be fearless and trust your senses. Educate yourself. Look up recipes by great chefs and tailor them to your palette. Use what you can afford but taste everything as you go along in cooking your meal. Season aggressively. You want to see what real chefs can produce? Look up David Chang, Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsay, and then get inspired. If cookery is an art form, then fresh ingredients are the vibrant paints to make the masterpiece. But, unfortunately, Dwight only wants you to use crayons.

  • Chef de Cuisine

    Please go to youtube and search for Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course. And please stop wasting your time on this bullshit site.