20 June 2011

New fair food takes the U.S. by storm, fried Kool-Aid makes its debut

Move over fried Oreos, Twinkies and Klondike Bars there is a new fair food king in town and like its predecessors the oil filled novelty intertwines fond childhood memories with a heart stopping battered twist. This year’s guilty indulgence is none other than fried Kool-Aid.

If you have ever walked the grounds of a county or state fair then you won’t be surprised to find out that the new deep fried novelty item is a hit, outselling previous year’s debuts like the Krispy Kreme Sandwich by an almost 2-1 clip.

During the first weekend of the San Diego County Fair, Chicken Charlie’s, the creator of the oil ladened snack, sold between 400 and 600 orders per day—5 doughnut hole shaped balls per order— of fried Kool-Aid. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, that equates to 150 pounds of Kool-Aid powder and 1500 pounds of flour. Figures for oil usage were not provided but more than likely it would be counted in vats.

A quick scan of the Chicken Charlie’s website did not reveal the nutritional content of the greasy Kool-Aid balls but just a guess; they probably contain an ungodly amount of fat, a ridiculously high caloric value and a head shaking tally of sugars for their size.

Needless to say err on the side of caution and moderate your intake of the disgusting interesting fried delights. Or better yet, avoid them altogether.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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