My Love Affair with a Deep-Fried Twinkie

Last year I started a little project. Selfish really, and it might even kill me, but I took it on anyway. I am determined to try all of the deep-fried junk food I keep hearing about on the Food Network and Travel Channel. You know the stuff. You see it at all of the county fairs and festivals every summer.

When we traveled back to PA last August I tried fried Oreos. They were OK. Needed ice cream to help them along. The Oreos just seemed a bit soggy and to be honest warm Oreos are a little gross.

At the Ballard Seafood Fest this month I took on the fried Twinkie. My sister and brother-in-law were up to the challenge so we split one. They had found a food truck at the end of a very long line of tempting creations that was selling only fried sweets. OK, pickles were in there too, but you know what I mean.

I moseyed on up to the counter and asked for a fried Twinkie. Simple enough right? Well, they gave me options. What kind of options could a fried Twinkie possibly have? I was informed these were no ordinary fried Twinkies. They did things a little differently at this truck.

Caramel or Chocolate sauce? …Caramel

Whipped cream or ice cream?…ummm…Whipped cream

There may have been one more option. Maybe double fried? I was too overwhelmed by the idea of more sugar being put on top of what I already considered one of the most artery clogging treats of my youth.

Five minutes later I was handed one of those little checkered boats with my fried Twinkie sweetly cradled in a bed of whipped cream and drizzled lovingly with a caramel hug.

Come to mama you scolding hot piece of heart-clogging goo.

The verdict? Divine.

As my brother-in-law put it “I’d have it again.” The fact that he said anything at all is high praise so I know he thought it was good.

The deep fry craftsman inside that truck was a genius. Somehow he made that fried Twinkie better than the original. The cream oozed out of the slightly crispy crust and melted in my mouth. I could have done without the whipped cream and caramel, but they certainly didn’t hurt.

After 3 bites my heart felt like it might explode. Good thing this was my one and only fried treat of the summer. Then again, I still have the renaissance festival and Whidbey Island County Fair to go to in August. What if they have their own version of a fried Twinkie?

Now would probably be a good time to start working out again. 

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written by Keryn Means

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15 comments

  1. Divine indeed …keep me away.

    Thanks for linking up

  2. I think I gained two pounds just looking at your pictures. They do look so so so so good.

  3. Oh my Lordy, I love those things!!!!!!! We had them in Fremont street in Vegas for 99 cents!!! Similar looking but no caramel or cream. They heap those babies with 1/2 cup or so of icing sugar and chocolate sprinkles!!! They possibly make the trip to Vegas worthwhile just for those!!!!!

  4. We’ve tried the friend Oreos. They were okay. I don’t think I’ll purposely continue to eat these crazy, funny concoctions, but you have fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. never heard of a deep fried Twinkie before, but gee I so want to give one a try :)It looks so very yummy.

  6. I found you through the follow me wednesday linky! As soon as I saw “love affair” and “deep fried twinkie” in the same vicinity I knew I needed to follow you!

    • Ha ha! Thanks. I definitely have issues with all things sweet. I write about it a lot. And oddly enough I don’t let my kids have any sugary snack yet! More for me :-)

  7. The Oreo’s sound gross. Your description reminded me of a deep fried pie that I once attempted to eat. I say attempted because the soggy grossness was so disgusting that I think I forgot my manners and spit it directly into my napkin. :(

    I have to admit when you mentioned deep fried Twinkie yesterday, it didn’t sound too appealing. Now I’m beginning to wonder if they’ll be available at our county fair next week. Hmmm…If I’m extra careful sticking to my diet this week…maybe….

  8. Hmmm – deep fried treats just don’t appeal to me at all – I must be missing that gene! Katie had a deep fried Mars bar when she was in Scotland and said it was delicious – you may have to try one of those too!

  9. I feel a litle sick look at it! Especially after just watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”.

    I have to say, though, I may be tempted to try it for experimentation purposes. ;)

    ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!

  10. I tried that. Lasted all of a week last year when I made it the theme of our annual road trip across the US. Turns out that none of us had the stomach for endless fried food. But I wouldn’t mind another fried Twinkie!

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