Deep in the Heart of Texas

Can you really deep-fry a can of Coke? You might think so, looking at the headline of Michael Bauer’s blog on SFGate. But the treat that’s greasing the midway is actually just that old fair favorite, fried dough, now doused with Coke syrup and gussied up with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a cherry on top. Maybe it’s the Texas connection that has Bauer, a former Dallas Times Herald writer turned San Francisco restaurant reviewer and food editor, promising to re-create the sticky-sweet treat in the San Francisco Chronicle’s posh test kitchen.

Alas, the Texas State Fair deep-fried its last Coke on Sunday, but you can still take a look at the caffeinated calorie bomb over on Dethroner, which dubs it the “Latest State Fair Death Snack.” According to the fair’s Big Tex website, concessionaire Abel Gonzales was no newcomer to the fryer—at last year’s fair, he sold over 25,000 deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches.

Not a Coke drinker (or eater)? You still could have gone into a Lipitor swoon with the Deep Fried Cosmopolitan—a kind of cheesecake-filled, cranberry-and-lime-glazed Hot Pocket that also made it onto the fair’s contest-finalists list. Somehow, I don’t think that’s what Samantha ordered.

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