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Anyone Heard of "Fried Coke"?

No, not like your brain on drugs LOL.

I was just watching a segment on NBC. The chef's name (I think they said his name was Alex Gonzalez, from Texas) was preparing a "fried coke" desert. Yes, you got that right. Fried coke.

Apparently it's small, coke flavored dough balls which he deep fries, powders with confectioner's sugar, puts in a coke glass and tops with whipped cream (of course). Maybe there was some coke syrup too. They looked like small zeppoles.

I don't know - this sounds kind of unappealing to me personally, although maybe I'm being too harsh. I did recently taste a cake made with 7-Up of all things that was surprisingly tasty, so, who knows?

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  1. Fried Coke balls are a new one on me, but 7-Up cake was a pretty common dessert of my southern youth, and Coca Cola cake is also a southern classic, though less common. Frying such things just seems like the logical next step, at least down here!

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    1. re: Low Country Jon

      Good lord, what's next - deep fried cigarettes?

      1. re: newJJD

        You're comment made me laugh out loud! I'll bet there's a deep fried tobacco cake or something out there...

    2. I remember a 7-Up cake from my youth, too. My mom used a fork to poke holes in the cake, then poured the 7-Up over it. Or something like that.

      It wasn't my favorite cake.:)

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      1. Yep, I heard about it on an NPR segment yesterday. Apparently, this guy is a food vender at the Texas State Fair. He was talking with someone who was being sarcastic and said, "What will they fry next? Coke?" And the more he thought of it, the more he figured he could do it.

        The batter/dough coes have coke in it.

        Eeek, not my thing.

        Here's the link to the Talk of the Nation yesterday

          1. re: teegee

            Boy that Teegee's on the ball.


          2. I just saw a report on that ... crazy. But the article I saw also mentioned deep-fried cosmopolitans. How does one do that?? (not that I'm planning on messing with my cosmo, but I'm curious.)

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            1. re: Chocolatechipkt

              Deep fried cosmos? Now that's just so - Wrong!

            2. This'll make your teeth hurt. Also made with Dr. Pepper by some folks, this cake has a curious carmel/chocolate taste. I think that I first saw this credited to a B&B in Murfreesboro, TN, USA. Haven't been able to find out if they are still operating.
              Bet you could use the basic cake batter with dry buttermilk (to cut the liquid) as your deep-frying dough. Mebbe stir in chopped marshmallows?
              COCOA COLA CAKE
              2 c. unsifted flour
              2 c. sugar
              2 sticks butter
              2 tbsp. cocoa
              1/4 tsp. salt
              1 c. coca cola
              1 tsp. baking soda
              2 eggs
              1 tsp. vanilla
              1/2 c. buttermilk
              2 c. miniature marshmallows
              Sift flour and sugar in bowl. Heat butter, cocoa and coca cola to boiling pint, then pour this over flour and sugar. Put baking soda in buttermilk and then add to other mixture. Add eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Add marshmallows. Batter will be thin with marshmallows floating on top. Pour into ungreased oblong pan 9 x 13 inches or larger. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
              1 stick butter
              2 tbsp. cocoa
              6 tbsp. coca cola
              1 box powdered sugar
              1 c. nuts
              1 tsp. vanilla
              Heat butter, cocoa and coca cola to boiling point and pour over the powdered sugar which has been placed in mixing bowl. Add vanilla and nutmeats and mix well. Spread over warm cake.

              Urk. I can't imagine that deep-frying this would be a good idea, but I hear that deep-fried Snickers on a stick are a big hit at country fairs, too.

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              1. re: Bananna A.

                I know about the Snickers. And the Oreos, which I've tried. They were GROSS.

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  I can one-up those: cadbury creme egg.

                  scheduling dental appointment now.

                  1. re: erikka

                    Ohhhhhhhhhh, that is soooooo nasty!
                    Someone should deep fry a batter of leftover baked waffles, fried chicken, maple syrup and corn dogs. Then roll it in powdered sugar and serve in a cotton candy nest. You'd prolly be featured on "Wait, wait, don't tell me" _and_ "Morning Edition".

                    1. re: Bananna A.

                      The big news in deepfried fair food at this year's LA County Fair is a deepfried sandwich of fried chicken in a split Krispy Kreme donut. That is just SO vile...I'll probably have to try one.

                  2. re: sivyaleah

                    I am a deep fried twinkie fan......drizzled with caramel sauce, and topped with chocolate chips and whipped cream! I will live a short, but fulfilled and artery-hardened existance.

                    Oh, and I guess nobody here has heard of Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, eh? :)

                    1. re: sivyaleah

                      Deep fried ANYTHING seems to be the rule at state fairs. The Minnesota State Fair has Spaghetti & meatballs on a stick and hot dish on a stick. They're both deep fried. They also have deep fried Twinkies, as do some chip shops in New York. I think if you have access to a deep fryer, it must be hard to resist the urge to batter up and throw all sorts of stuff in it just to see what happens!

                      1. re: chowmeow

                        Which is why I gave my nearly new DFF to Goodwill!


                        1. re: TexasToast

                          I admire your will power! Did you fry up anything fun before giving it up?

                          1. re: chowmeow

                            Well, after spending three years boxed in the garage, it was just pointless keeping it. So no, there was no final fry up. I'm sure it was used once or twice.


                  3. Hmmm, this could potentially be tasty. If they're fried well, and are light like good beignets or donuts, why not? I'd try them.

                    1. I actually have been to the Texas State Fair this year and partaken of the deep-fried coke. It was quite interesting I must say. Perhaps not something I would ever "crave" but a nice snack nonetheless. The fair actually had a few new fried items this year - fried mac and cheese (didn't get a chance to try this), fried cosmopolitans (which were FANTASTIC!!), fried donkey tails (also a pretty good treat), some chocolate concoction that I can't remember the name of and of course the aformentioned fried coke. There are some pretty creative folks out there it seems!

                      1. I saw a news item on the fried coke and it is just funnel cake batter made with coke. In theory, they could do it with just about any liquid. How about fried chocolate milk or fried Lillet.

                        1. Yes, and I have the scars to prove it. As a TX expat in AZ I knew I must give it a try. I think these Arizonans got something messed up because from what I could tell it was frozen coke syrup covered in batter, and of course, fried. What resulted was a dough shell surrounding plasma hot Coke syrup. So much for tasting anything for a week. I should have gone with the twinkie, huh?