It all started in the mid-90s when that crazy dude in Scotland decided to serve his customers a deep-fried Mars bar as a joke... little did he know that he would start a deep-fried trend that would move beyond the basic candy bar and expand to some seemingly unthinkable combinations (deep-fried Kool-Aid balls!?).
I generally try to avoid fried foods due to the fact that I don't have a gallbladder (too much fried food can do some ugly things to me) and also because I'm really not a huge fan of most fried things. Of course, there are some exceptions to my fried food avoidance: cheese curds, mozzarella sticks, mac-n-cheese fritters (sensing a theme here?), and calamari. I will also occasionally indulge in a special something or other at a street fair. While my poison of choice is usually the funnel cake, I am also always tempted to try some of the trendier/latest desserts to hit the deep-fried circuit.
Unfortunately, I almost always end up disappointed with my fried desserts (back to the "not a huge fan of fried foods" factor). I was pleasantly surprised by the deep-fried Oreo I had a few years ago (it was like eating a piece of rich chocolate cake covered in fluffy cake batter) and also by the fried avocado bites I encountered last year (avocado fried in corn-dog batter with herb-infused dipping oil). This year's selection, deep-fried cookie dough, definitely fell into the disappointing category.
The chocolate chip cookie dough was wrapped in a sweet wonton wrapper, drizzled with chocolate, and covered in powdered sugar; it was served with a side of vanilla ice cream. It smelled delicious, but it was actually fairly unremarkable. I don't know if it was because the cookie dough was too warm when they dropped it in the fryer or because the chocolate chips all liquefied, but the insides contained a somewhat unpleasant mixture of greasy, runny dough. There were some smaller chunks of dough that hadn't completely melted and those pieces were actually pretty good; however, I feel like I would have said the same thing about some raw cookie dough from a package mixed with ice cream.
While I don't foresee any more street fair deep-fried cookie dough in my future, I'm not completely opposed to trying another version of it. This deep-fried cookie dough with fleur de sel actually sounds quite delicious!
Have you succumbed to the deep-fried food craze? If so, what have you tried? Anything you really loved or hated?