My son came home from school the other day and told me about a food he tried for the first time during his school lunch. He said that fried pickles were on the menu and since he likes pickles then he thought he would like fried ones. He didn’t. But that led me on a quest to find out some of the oddest fried foods available. My quest was met with laughter, a bit of “ewww” noises and some foods that I may just want to try for myself.
5 of the Oddest Fried Foods
#5- Deep Fried Oreo Cookies
I really want to know who is responsible for this abomination of the classic Oreo. I mean, isn’t an Oreo good enough without having to dip it into a batter and then fry it up in oil. However, my kids are tempted to try this deep fried dish. I think I am too much of a food traditionalist and will just keep my Oreo’s plain with a glass of milk to wash them down.
#4- Deep Fried Cicadas
Cicadas are an insect. A bug. They have been called locusts although they don’t belong to that family at all. They have also been called “jar flies”, “heat bugs” and “dry flies”. And someone thought it would be a good idea to eat them deep fried. According to the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, Cicadas are and have been a delicacy all over the world. They have a recipe for Cicada “Shrimp” that batter dips the bug, fries it up and puts it in a cocktail glass here.
#3- Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick
Okay, there are several things wrong with this. First, spaghetti and meatballs should never be placed on a stick. Second, spaghetti and meatballs should never need to be batter dipped and fried up firm enough to place on a stick. But alas, people go to the Minn. State Fair often to get this deep fried combination every year. Sometimes they follow it up with fried pork on a stick, deep fried cheese curds, and fried fruit on a stick.
#2- Deep Fried Mars Bars
Chill a Mars bar, dip it in a coconut batter or any type of batter and then deep fry in oil to make a delicious dessert. You can do this with Snickers bars or any other candy bar also. It almost sounds awful to fry a Mars bar or a Snickers bar but I assure you this dish is surprisingly good. Best served with ice cream.
#1- Deep Fried Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola flavored batter is mixed up then deep fried in oil for this fair food. After frying the batter is given a drizzle of Coca-Cola fountain syrup and topped with cinnamon sugar, whipped cream and a cherry. Fried coke has been a happy addition to the Texas State Fair since 2006 when Abel Gonzalez, Jr. came up with the idea. He is also the guy who created the fried peanut butter, banana and jelly sandwich. He won the creativity honor in 2006 for his fried coke at the Big Tex Choice Awards Contest.