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16 Fried Foods That Were Already Unhealthy Before They Were Fried

  • May 18, 2010
If your panties got all worked in a bunch after hearing about KFC's Double Down Sandwich, then you best shield your eyes from this list lest you're prepared to work the double knots out of your panties ;)

We're talking deep-fried foods that were already unhealthy to begin with, so brace yourself as you feast your eyes on these pieces-of-heaven/heart-attacks-waiting-to-happen encased in a battered and fried shell!
Fried Ice Cream
This amazing dessert can typically be found in Japanese restaurants as "tempura ice cream", or Thai restaurants disguised as "FBIs", aka "fried banana ice cream". There are many ways to make this, whether it's coating a ball of ice cream in egg wash, then rolling it in bread crumbs or Corn Flakes, or coating it in tempura. My favorite way to make this, though, is the way my mom taught me to, which is to freeze a ball of ice cream till it's rock hard (my favorite flavors to use for this are vanilla and coconut), cover it in Sarah Lee's pound cake, then coat it in egg wash, some flour, and fry. Feel free to top with fruit and chocolate syrup ;)
Deep-Fried Twinkie
You know what would be the ultimate ice cream topping? A deep-fried Twinkie. If you ever see anyone walking around a county fair or a boardwalk with what looks like a whimpy corndog, it's probably not a corndog, but amazingness on a stick. Something magical happens when a Twinkie is battered and deep-fried. The outside becomes extra crunchy, while the inside becomes extra fluffy. Top that with some powdered sugar and a side of raspberry sauce and we're in business!
Finger Steaks
You can think of finger steaks as meaty french fries. They're strips of sirloin dipped into a tempura-like batter and deep-fried. This dish was invented in Boise, Idaho, in the 1950's and is still mostly only available in Idaho. Why it never made it big out of state lines is beyond me, but I'm dying to give these a try, especially in the way that they're traditionally served, with a thick slice of buttered bread, plus a side made out of another Idaho gem -- french fries.
Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Wanna put a new twist on an old favorite after school snack? How about just dip it in batter and deep fry it? Actually, you could even forgo the batter and just put it through an egg wash and flour mix. Imagine the ooey, gooey warm PB&J oozing out of this concoction as you bite into the crunchy hot bread. Tastiness. This invention was debuted at one of the Texas State Fairs by Abel Gonzales.
Fried Cheese Grits
I don't know about you, but my favorite topping with grits is cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Drooling yet? Well, imagine if those cheese grits were... fried. I discovered fried cheese grits at a Cajun restaurant in Berkeley, CA, and have been obsessed with them since. You simply cook up the grits as usual, stir in some cheese, refrigerate till firm, then cut it up, dust in flour and fry. You can top it off with some crawfish or shrimp etoufee for an extreme mouthgasm. When you fork apart a fresh, hot one, you'll see strands of stringy cheese. Mmmmm... I guess you can think of these as slightly healthier deep fried cheese sticks.
Fried Pie
Why eat baked pie when you can eat fried pie? These things are hot little fruit-filled puffs of happiness (do make sure to have them hot!). I use to be a huge fan of fried apple pies at Micky D's, but sometime in the 90's, they switched over to baked apple pies citing "health" reasons (though I'm not sure how much healthier baked Micky D's pies are over fried ones). Some Micky D's in the US and internationally actually still serve fried pies, but most have switched over to baked. Burger King has fried apple and mixed berry pies. Take them home and sprinkle powdered sugar over them ;)
Deep-Fried Oreos
If you're a fan of licking the creme off of Oreos, then you're going to love deep-fried Oreos. You simply dunk these wonderful sandwich cookies into some batter and deep-fry it. Once deep-fried, you're left with a little brown ball that cracks open to reveal still-crunchy chocolate cookies with some warm, melty creme. If your fingers are nimble enough, you can take a stab at separating the cookies and licking off the creme that way. I'm sure it will be much tastier to lick when warmed up. Talk about heaven.
Deep-Fried Mars Bar
Yes, you read that right, a deep-fried Mars bar. You thought deep-fried Twinkies were bad? Well, take a look at this. Deep-fried Mars bars were invented in Scotland in the mid-90's and have remained quite popular since then. It's not uncommon to find them in a chip shop in Scotland. This dish is made by simply chilling the Mars bar, coating it in batter and then deep frying it. This dish has also spawned other similar desserts, like deep-fried Cadbury Eggs and Snickers. Yum.
Fried Cheesecake
Not sure how long fried cheesecake has been around, but I recently tried this at IHOP under the guise of Crispy Banana Caramel Cheesecake and it was pretty darn good. Imagine cheesecake without the crust (as tasty as the crust is!), and then lightly coated in flour and fried. What results is a thin, crunchy layer on the outside that reveals a soft, oozy inside when cut into. Top it with fruit, syrup and whipped cream for pure amazingness. Truly decadent.
Fried Coke
This oddity won "Most Creative" among food vendors at the 2006 State Fair of Texas, another Abel Gonzales invention. How exactly is fried Coke created you ask? Well, you simply mix Coca Cola syrup into some batter and fry it. Once you've done that, top it with more Coca Cola syrup, plus some whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, and a cherry. Just leave it to Texas to come up with this horrendously awesome concoction. Watch out though, one cup of this goodness is estimated to have over 800 calories!
Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese
I'm not sure when deep-fried macaroni and cheese was invented, but its become quite popular in recent years, popping in large chain restaurants like TGIF, Sonic's, and even The Cheesecake Factory. It's little balls or blocks of mac 'n cheese refrigerated coated in egg wash and bread crumbs, then deep-fried. Oddly, none of those restaurants actually serve non-deep-fried mac 'n cheese, which I'm kind of disappointed by as I prefer my mac 'n cheese with bread crumbs baked on top, not fried all around.
Deep-Fried Pizza
As if a pizza itself weren't already greasy enough, the Scottish took to deep-frying pizza in the 70's and that trend has stuck. Yes, this is another deep-fried Scottish invention. Pizza can be deep-fried straight, or after being coated in batter. It is customary to serve these deep-fried pizzas with "chips", which is what we Americans know as fries. Sometimes the chips are actually put in the middle of the pizza. Another style of serving deep-fried pizza is smothering the top with steak sauce and folding it in half like a sandwich. I guess there's really no point in blotting this.
Deep-Fried Cheeseburger
No, I'm not talking about a deep-fried burger patty, I'm talking the entire cheeseburger being deep-fried, as in patty, cheese, vegetables, condiments, buns and all.  Just dunk that whole baby in some batter, coat it in some bread crumbs or corn flakes if you'd like, and stick in the deep fryer.  As with several of the fried foods on this list, this is a State Fair staple.
Blooming Onion
You might say that onions aren't unhealthy, but think of the Blooming Onion as an onion ring. Except twice battered and fried over. If you don't know what a Blooming Onion is, it's basically the most gigantic onion you can find (a Vidalia onion, to be exact) that's cut down the center several times and soaked in water till it "blooms". Once it blooms, it is dipped in batter and fried. And then dipped in batter and then fried again. And again. This dish was popularized by chain restaurant Chili's and marketed as the "Awesome Blossom" and served with a side of tangy, creamy dipping sauce. This dish averaged over 2700 calories and over 200 grams of fat, more than anyone's daily recommended intake. The Blooming Onion/Awesome Blossom is also called The Texas Rose. Hmmm, how appropriate.
Chicken Fried Bacon
Move over, chicken fried steak -- and say hello to chicken fried bacon! Because why eat battered and fried tenderized, protein-filled cube steak, when you can just eat battered and fried saturated fat-heavy strips of cured pork fat? Too dry for you? Well, then thank goodness it's served with a side of thick, country white gravy. Also another Texas invention.
Deep-Fried Butter
This is Abel Gonzales' latest deep-fried invention to be featured at the Texas State Fair: deep-fried butter. That's right -- pure deep-fried fat (and you probably thought that chicken fried bacon was bad... but at least bacon has some substance).  The making of this is similar to fried ice cream -- a really cold ball of butter is wrapped in cold dough and then deep-fried.  The end result looks a bit like a biscuit.  Gonzales was afraid that this wouldn't appeal to children who are more fixated on sweets (because ya know, children really need to be coaxed into eating deep-fried butter), so he made this available in four flavors -- original, garlic, cherry and grape.  Any takers?

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July 25, 2010
Thanks for the link, I've tried a handful of these things. The most delectable though was the fried ice cream. The favorite I've had was at a teppanyaki grill in the Reno Harrah's. It sounds similar to yours. Vanilla ice cream dipped in cake batter and panko, deep fried and topped with chocolate and whipped cream. Least favorite... Chevy's fried ice cream.
July 25, 2010
Thanks for checking out my list, Alan! I had no idea that Chevy's had fried ice cream, but that doesn't surprise me since it's also a popular Mexican dessert. My favorite restaurants to have them in are the Thai ones, though, because they typically get served with banana, nuts and honey :D
July 14, 2010
This is AWESOME! I had no clue half of these things, I just have to go out and get a heart attack. Deep fried Twinkies, Oreos, Mars Bars...COKE?!?! Who'd of thunk?
July 14, 2010
I think it's time to invest in a personal deep-fryer ;D
July 28, 2010
If you do that, I'll come over and deep fry something! My friends have one and they deep fry the turkey every Thanksgiving lol
May 20, 2010
I'm so hungry now... This list makes me homesick. Fried ice cream is common in  Tex-Mex restaurants too. Awesome list. I'm gonna go get something to eat now! =)
May 23, 2010
Oooooh, I'll have to try to catch that in a Tex-Mex restaurant! I think I've heard of that before.... served with cinnamon! Hope you got something nauseatingly delicious! ;)
May 19, 2010
I didn't see deep fried burritos?
May 23, 2010
They exist??? I guess I've had one before... One of my favorite taquerias up here, Gordo, serves up a quesidilla, except it seems less like a quesidilla and more of a fried burrito since they fry the tortilla and fill it with burrito filling :P  But is that really a Mexican dish?
May 19, 2010
Damn it, now I'm hungry for DEEP FRIED PIZZA? Do they cover it with cheese burgers and Count Chocula while they're at it? Awesome.
May 19, 2010
1) Yes you are, 2) They should, and they should make sure to deep fry the cheeseburger and Count Chocula before they do so ;)
May 18, 2010
If you're ever traveling on I-10 in Texas right before you get to the Louisiana border stop in Beaumont and get yourself some fried pickles! I remember one place had a fried platter with fried mushrooms and fried Brussels sprouts... :- /
May 18, 2010
Ha, I actually came across fried pickles when I was looking up weird fried foods to put on this list. They sound disgustingly delicious, but I decided that they were too healthy for this list ;P We might just have to start a fried healthy foods list though...
May 18, 2010
I gave up deep-fried foods cold turkey more than 20 years ago. Just looking at this list makes my stomach churn and as such I have no desire for any of it..
May 18, 2010
Good for you, Paul! If only more people had such strong will power as you :) I honestly don't eat too much deep-fried foods, not even pan-fried, but I sure am fascinated by all the food items that people can think up to drench in batter and deep-fry. You gotta admit, some of these are pretty creative! Those who consume these just have to remember to do so in moderation ;)
May 18, 2010!! Now this is what I am talking about! I love # 1 and # 3 I have tried more than once. Staying away from # 10! What a heart attack-inducing list!
May 18, 2010
I love #1, too! Especially with coconut ice cream :D Did you happen to try #3 anywhere around here? If so, it's not nice to keep secrets! ;)
May 19, 2010
I gave you the secret when I replied to your message :)
May 18, 2010
Oh Debbie, if only you could see the puzzled look of horror on my face! ...  :P 
May 18, 2010
Haha, I can only imagine it's like the face I made when I first read about deep-fried butter! ;P
May 18, 2010
Deep fried butter? WTF???
May 18, 2010
To clarify, I was referring to the food item Butter, not the Lunch member @Butter ;P Seriously though, that's the only thing on this list that I have no desire to try, not even once.
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