Fried foods are popular everywhere, but there are some unique twists on frying you probably haven’t seen or heard of yet!
1. Fried Bubble Gum (Texas)
A complete dessert of bubblegum-flavored marshmallows dipped in batter, fried, and covered with icing and sugar. Usually with an added bit of Chiclets for color and flavor.
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2. Fried Scorpions (Arizona)
An American twist on a Chinese delicacy. Battered and fried for some crunchy snacks.
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3. Fried Alligator On A Stick (Illinois)
A favorite among fair-goers, the meat is deep-fried and skewered. According to locals, it tastes like pork.
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4. Fried Kool-Aid (California)
It’s like a donut-hole made from flour, water, and Kool-Aid. Delicious?
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5. Fried Beer (Texas)
So similar to it’s more colorful cousin, this savory snack is often served with cheese. Basically, it’s a deep fried pretzel-dough ravioli pocket with beer poured inside.
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6. Fried Tarantula (Cambodia)
A regional delicacy in this country, these leggy treats are so popular they are even served in vending machines! The spiders are first frozen, then dipped into a tempura batter and deep-fried.
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7. Fried Turkey (New York)
Using a pressurized fryer, the turkey comes out with a super crispy, golden-brown skin and remarkably tender, juicy meat.
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8. Fried Butter (Wisconsin/Iowa)
As described. Take one stick, wrap it in batter, and toss in a fryer. Served up hot with a variety of dipping sauces.
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9. Deep Fried Coca-Cola (Texas)
Starting with frozen Coca-Cola-flavored batter, tossed in a fryer, and delivered to your table with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.
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10. Fried Salsa (Texas)
Some down-south classic salsa, mixed with masa (cornmeal), and rolled in crushed tortilla chips. Fried and served with cheese.
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11. Fried Flowers (Thailand)
Traditionally, orchids, roses, and bougainvillea are dipped in a light egg batter and fried. The taste is said to be very similar to squash.
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12. Fried Pie (Georgia)
Peach pies are most common, but you can usually find a variety of flavors. Instead of baked, these bites are sealed in their crust and dropped in hot oil.
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13. Deep Fried Macaroni-and-Cheese (Midwest America)
Cold mac ‘n cheese is rolled into lumps and lightly battered. After its dunk in a hot fryer, you get gooey savory cheese balls.
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14. Fried Salad (Texas)
Take a salad, wrap it in a spinach tortilla, and fry it up. Serve with ranch. That’s a hot salad.
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15. Chicken-fried Bacon (Texas)
Salty pieces of bacon dipped in a hearty batter and fried up super crispy.
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What’s your favorite food to fry!?