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Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites - Sonic

I assume this is a new item... I haven't seen it advertised anywhere.
I stopped into Sonic this morning for a Cherry Limeade and saw 'Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Bites' on the menu board.
6pcs for $2.49

The bites were hot cheesy and delicious....not messy to eat.
This could become my new mid morning snack!
Has anyone else tried them? Are they a regional item?

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  1. I had them recently at a TGIF's (in Delaware). Can't say I liked it, though the idea was certainly appealing.

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    1. re: linguafood

      TGIF bites aren't too great. I have also had at Cheesecake Factory where they were slightly better.

      1. re: stellamystar

        I thought the Cheesecake Factory bites were okay, but I didn't like the marinara sauce they came with.

    2. I tried them today at Sonic! They are awesome! Far surpassed by expectations. Hope Sonic keeps these on the menu. Don't know what the TGIF version is like.

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      1. re: tmdd46i0s

        They are awesome!...
        How do they keep the mac and cheese creamy in a small bite size bit....that's not messy.
        I ate them in the car...and no mess!

      2. Oh, gee, thanks. I want to try these and the nearest Sonic to where I live is 114 miles away. I won't be anywhere near anyplace with a Sonic until next May. I don't know what I am going to do...

        1. Haven't seen them in the SC Kansas area yet. Can't imagine that they would be healthy by any stretch of the imagination. I wonder if they can be duplicated in the home kitchen easily? Strictly as a culinary experiment...

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          1. re: podunkboy

            You have got to be kidding. Healthy? From Sonic? I think I had something similar at the Texas State Fair. They had little balls of mac & cheese rolled in a light bread crumb mix and deep fried or oven baked. Just remembered my mom telling me that Paula Deen did this recently. Here is the link:

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

            1. re: Shayna Madel

              Paula Deen was the first person I thought of when I read this post! These seem right up her alley. I wonder if they come with dipping sauce?

              1. re: ajs228

                Sort of. They brought some sauces to our car window after we started eating to ask if we wanted any.

            2. re: podunkboy

              Shouldn't be too tricky. I think that the trick to it is to refrigerate the mac & cheese so you can form it, then roll balls of it in panko before frying.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Yeah, I bet refrigerate would be a good idea. Also, to make them slightly "drier" or less "liquid-y" would probably help -- even in a low layer on a sheet pan and then cut into squares. And I like the idea of using panko -- much better than a batter or bread crumbs.

              2. re: podunkboy

                They can easily be dublicated but are kind of messy. Purchase a pan of premade frozen mac and cheese, thaw slightly, roll in bread crumbs and cook in deep fat fryer for about 3 minutes on each side (time will vary depending on how hot the oil is).

              3. I've never been to the chain restaurants mentioned in the post/replies, but I've had deep fried mac n cheese in a couple of places. The first time we heard of it was in a little bar in Cooperstown (NY). They were cut in squares and they were the absolutely perfect bar snack. Had them with some beers while watching baseball (of course) and they were great. The second time I had them was here in NYC at a malt shop called Homer's (UWS). Also cut into squares but less gooey than the upstate ones. They were also good. They are basically a heart attack on a plate but since they are so rich, it's pretty impossible to eat a lot of them. I think a lot of other bars are adopting them as part of the bar food/frying line-up.

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                1. re: LNG212

                  The first time *I* had fried mac n cheese was ALSO in Cooperstown! Small bar on a side street? They were so good, I have been to afraid to try them anywhere else for fear that they would not live up to how good I remember them being!

                  1. re: L_W

                    Yes, it was a bar on a side street - horseshoe-ish shaped bar near where you walk in, big room in back with sofas and a fake fireplace. At that time (several years ago) it was a brand new place. We've been back a couple of times since. And (guilty smile) we always order those fried mac n cheese things!