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Review: Deep Fried Coca-Cola

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Deep Fried Coke

Talk about disappointing. When I first wrote about deep-fried coke, it sounded wonderful! It was being offered at the Texas State fair and I could only hope it would make its way to the NC State Fair! Sure enough, it did – I was going to get to try it for myself. I love cola flavored candy and was imagining that deep fried coke would be even better than the deep fried snickers I had at last year’s state fair. I was sadly mistaken.

The only thing I can think of is that the NC vendors didn’t get the “real/official” recipe from the recipe creator and were just winging it – poorly. The concoction consisted of small funnel cake crumbles in a Coke cup with some whipped cream and a cherry on top. Cinnamon was in a shaker for you to put on yourself. The coke-flavored funnel cake just barely tasted of Coke and there was no additional Coke syrup on top as the original news article says there should be.

I tried it first without cinnamon then I added some to it and both ways it just wasn’t any good and I actually ended up throwing away half of it. If I can ever verify that they are making it correctly (and with the extra Coke syrup on top), I might try this again, but until then, I’m steering clear. I’m surprised they didn’t make deep fried Pepsi though since Pepsi was invented in New Bern, NC, not too far from Raleigh.

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11 Responses to “Review: Deep Fried Coca-Cola”

  1. 1
    diamondklp says:

    What a bummer that deep fried Coca-Cola wasn’t satisfying for you. I still hope to find it at a fair near me…but, since fair season is over I guess I will have to wait until next summer. BTW, you were right about the pizza/sex quote…that is exactly what I was trying to think of. Keep up the great work.

  2. 2
    Caleb says:

    Hey Brian,
    Bummer about the deep fried cola, that’s really sucks. I remember you reviewed some Japanese Shigekix candy a few monhts back, and I just remember I tried that a few months back. My favorite flavor was the Ramune (Rah-Moo-Nay). I tried the soda, and have to say I couldn’t get the hang of drinking it. Its very complex, because there is this glass marble in the bottle keeping all the pressure in. When you push that marble down, it releases the pressure, but you have to push the marble into a small dent on the side of the bottle by tilting the bottle, ten drink the soda sideways. Next time you stop by a BiLo or an asian food maret, ask them if they have Ramune. It’s very yummy.

  3. 3
    Andrea says:

    “The only thing I can think of is that the NC vendors didn’t get the “real/official” recipe from the recipe creator and were just winging it – poorly. The concoction consisted of small funnel cake crumbles in a Coke cup with some whipped cream and a cherry on top.”
    Your theory may be correct, because I had the original in Dallas last year when it won the State Fair of Texas “Most Creative” award in the concessionaires contest, and it DEFINITELY wasn’t funnel-cake based. It was balls of dough about the size of “doughnut holes.”

    “Cinnamon was in a shaker for you to put on yourself. The coke-flavored funnel cake just barely tasted of Coke and there was no additional Coke syrup on top as the original news article says there should be.”
    The day *I* had the original, I will say that I didn’t think it had that much Coke flavor. They may have had an off day, however, as many people across the span of the fair’s run thought the item was good.

    It doesn’t seem to be unusual for fairs around the country to not only make a “Fried Coke” item, but not to do it right and/or even take credit for it. There was a KCRA-TV broadcast from the California State Fair within the last week or so that interviewed a guy from a local outfit; they were talking about how he always “comes up with” (not “brings,” you’ll note) fun new taste treats, and how did he come up with this one? The jackass answered with a vague explanation of the fact that he likes the ingredients, etc. — no credit at all for the fact that he got the idea FROM SOMEONE ELSE. After that it was picked up by stations as far away as New Orleans, who gullibly accepted his silly claim despite the fact that all last fall there was coverage around the nation as fair after fair offered a “Fried Coke” item, and all those stories had credited the original inventor, Abel Gonzales, Jr. (I’m not a relative or anything, BTW, just a Texan who grew up in Dallas and is a State Fair of Texas fanatic. :) The jerk in California also said nothing as they credited him with a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich from 2006 … which. as it happens, sounds suspiciously like Gonzales’ winning entry from the *previous* SFOT! Sheesh…

  4. 4
    Aaron says:

    I tried the fried coke last night at the California State Fair and I have to agree 100% with your review. I was insanely disappointed. I’d have thought something called Deep Fried Coke might I dunno…taste a bit like Coca-Cola. I kept walking away thinking…they must have made mine wrong…this tastes like fried dough.

  5. 5
    Tracy says:

    I tried it last night at our county fair, and it wasn’t bad. They had put on the extra syrup, but it tasted more like a funnel cake. Still too sweet for me, but my kids loved it.

  6. 6
    Yazi says:

    Just had it last night at the South Carolina State Fair. But it was Pepsi, not Coke.

    I liked it, it had a strong Pepsi flavor iitn the batter (made into balls with toothpicks piercing them).

    They sprinkled cinnamon sugar and poured Pepsi syrup on top.

    I’d order it again :)

  7. 7
    Chris says:

    Man this stuff sounds sweet. Im makin it for my class project. I hope it turns out good

  8. 8
    ssd says:

    @Gravatar

    You actually bought that crap to your kids? Are you insane?

  9. 9
    zebidy says:

    Hi im in Australia and have neeeeeeeeeeeeeva heard of deep fried coke, but i own a popular fish and chip shop, if i can find the recipe ill put it on my menu.
    If any one knows where to find it …. troy@bmail.com.au.

  10. 10
    lili says:

    omg i had no idea there was somthin’ like deep fried coke in georgia we eat almost everything deep fried i cant wait till i tell my freinds!!! :):)

  11. 11
    MSISOAD says:

    I had it at the Renaissance fair in GA and I was also disappointed. Mine did have the coke syrup on it, but it barely tasted of coke, and it was so greasy, I couldn’t eat more than one bite without feeling queasy.

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