Is it just me, or does this not even sound remotely interesting? A new taste sensation at state fairs: Fried Coke.
The gooey Coke-battered nuggets topped with cola syrup won the "most creative" title at the Texas state fair in Dallas last month. Since then, the deep-fried phenomenon has spread to North Carolina and Arizona.
"We've been getting calls from everywhere since we introduced it," Elizabeth Martin, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina fair, told the Dallas Morning News. "Everyone wants to know where they can get it."
Fried treats are as big of a draw at state fairs as the rides and prize-winning farm animals. Twinkies, cookies and even pickles are stuck with a stick, dipped in batter and then seared in the deep fryer.
Fried Coke's inventor, concessionaire Abel Gonzales Jr., is a creative fryer whose experiments have proven popular. Last year he sold 20,000 fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches, the Morning News reported. Fried Coke looks to be an even bigger hit: he sold 16,000 cups of the sticky balls in the first two weeks of the fair, which runs through Oct. 22.
Gonzales changed his recipe to make the dough more spongy so it would absorb more gooey syrup. Yuck. Oh well, if you don't want fried Coke, you can always try whipping up a batch of original Coke. It would appear that the original secret recipe has been discovered. Of course, the DEA might want to have a word with you if you do mix some up, since they kind of frown on the cocaine part of the original recipe.