5 Food Items You Would’ve Never Thought of Frying (Until Now)September 12, 2018
- Steph DyWords
American state fairs originally began as annual exhibits that promoted local agriculture, but they’ve evolved to feature more exciting (and more fattening) stuff over the years. And what could be more exciting (or fattening) than the deep-fried foods that were introduced at such events?
It was a Texas state fair that gave us the ubiquitous corn dog, while other state fairs churned out what we now know as Flaming Wings’ Wicked Oreos and TGI Fridays’ Deep-Fried Mac n’ Cheese. Clearly, apart from being fixtures on 9gag or Pinterest, these literal and figurative heart-stoppers have gradually been earning a place in the dining public’s arteries consciousness.
And if deep-fried cheesecakes and deep-fried Coke get you all excited, have a look at some of the other fried treats out there that can make your tummy (but not your cardiologist) really happy.
1. Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls
These bite-sized balls of batter flavored with your Kool-Aid of choice were first sold at the 2011 San Diego County Fair. They were invented by Charles Boghosian, the so-called “king of deep-fried food”, who also likes to go by another name: Chicken Charlie. Though there is no relation between him and the local fried chicken franchise that goes by the same moniker, they both celebrate the gloriousness of deep-fried food (as evidenced by the many other edible inventions on his website).
2. Fried Beer
These pillow-shaped, beer-infused pretzels are perfect for lazy weekends, and that’s exactly what Mark Zable had in mind when he invented them. These alcoholic fritters were launched during the 2010 Texas State Fair, bagging the Most Creative title at the Big Tex Choice Awards in the process. Zable is presently developing new creations, but curious parties can still buy fried beer from his website.
3. Deep-Fried Jell-O
Isn’t it impossible to deep-fry Jell-O? Jon Searle of Deep Fry Guy found a way around that problem back in 2012. He mixed lime Jell-O into his “State Fair Famous Deep Fried Guy” batter, and then plunged the whole lot into some hot oil for about thirty seconds. The Utah native has since hailed his discovery as a once-in-a-lifetime original for his state (which also happens to be famous for consuming the green, wiggly dessert in various shapes and forms).
4. Breakfast Lollipop
If you like McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin, then this is for you. The Breakfast Lollipop is basically a breakfast sausage patty deep-fried with corn muffin batter, and then drizzled with maple syrup. It first went public during the 2011 Minnesota State Fair, and Axel, the company behind it, has been continuously introducing new variants of the savory confection.
5. Deep-Fried Butter
I love butter as much as the next person, but I can’t figure out why anyone would want to eat that much of it outright. Yet even I think it looks appetizing in the form of tiny brown balls, or as a crisp, battered chunk on a stick.
These nutritional nightmares were once featured on The Today Show, shortly after they were first presented by inventor Abel Gonzales, Jr. at the 2009 Texas State Fair. Apparently, they were such a hit that the deep-fried sticks resurfaced at the Iowa State Fair a couple of years later.
We’re living in a time where everyone seems to think that everything is better deep-fried. Some people have even thought of deep-frying their gadgets! In the coming years, I know that deep-frying will become even bigger, but for everyone’s safety, let’s practice a bit (or a lot) of restraint when it comes to these crunchy monsters (fried butter, I’m looking at you). I wouldn’t want you to ruin your hard-earned Bora body. Or send you to the ER with an untimely stroke.