Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Deep Fried Candy Bars

The State and County Fairs have ended for the season, but there's no doubt that Deep Fried Everything was the big hit. Given that we live in a Fat Filled Nation, this should come as no surprise.

Want to make some deep fried candy bars at home? Elizabeth LaBau at About.com has the perfect recipe, as well as great step by step photos and a video. She's got you coming and going, so you can't go wrong! A deep fryer would be great to use, but if you don't have one, you can always make deep fried candy bars in a regular sauce pan. Pretty much any candy bar will work, so pick your favorite.

Your candy bars will be crisp on the outside, and goey on the inside as the chocolate and caramel (depending on your bar) liquify! Hold on to your arteries!


Up to 8 full-size candy bars
8-12 cups of vegetable or peanut oil, quantity depending on your pan
1.5 cups flour, divided
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil

1. Begin by freezing your bars: remove your desired bars from their wrappers, and place them on a cookie sheet. Freeze them for at least 2 hours, until they are solid and frozen throughout.
2. When the candy bars are almost through with their chilling period, start heating the oil for frying. Pour vegetable oil into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan until it is three inches deep. The exact quantity of oil required will depend on the size of your saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high, and insert a candy/deep fry thermometer. The oil needs to reach 375 degrees on the thermometer, which will take about 10 minutes.
3. While the oil heats, prepare the batter. Place 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow bowl or pie tin and set aside for now. Place the remaining 1 cup of flour in a small bowl and stir in the baking powder and salt. In a mixing cup, stir together the milk, vinegar, and oil. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until smooth and free of most lumps.
4. Remove the frozen candy bars from the freezer. If you have a large pan or are using a deep fryer, you may be able to do several candy bars at once. If you are uncertain or if your pan is a medium size, it is best to do one candy bar at a time so that they cook evenly.
5. Dredge a candy bar in the flour, covering it completely. Holding it gently with two fingers, dip it into the batter until it is immersed, shifting your finger position so that it is completely covered.
6. Quickly place the battered candy bar into the 375-degree oil, being careful not to drop it and cause oil to splash up. Monitor the frying candy bar carefully, as it can cook quickly. If it bobs to the surface, gently press it down with the back of a spoon so that it cooks evenly.
7. Once it has reached a beautiful, rich golden brown color, remove the candy bar from the oil with a slotted spoon and place it on a plate covered with paper towel to soak up the excess grease. Repeat the battering and frying process with the remaining candy bars. While frying, be sure to monitor the temperature of the oil and adjust your heat up or down accordingly. If the oil is too cold it won’t fry quickly enough and the candy bar will soak up too much grease. If it is too hot the outside will get dark before the inside is fully warmed, leaving you with a partially defrosted candy bar.
8. After your candy bars are fried, let them cool slightly, then dust them lightly with powdered sugar and serve while still slightly warm.

Photo guide for Step by Step Instructions.

Video Deep Fried Candy Bars with Elizabeth LaBau


Tickled Red said...

Yep I know fried, these are big around here :) but I have actually never eaten a deep fried candy bar. I just can't bring myself to step off that cliff {lol}

Anonymous said...

Fat aside, the idea just does not appeal to me. I think I am an Oreo and Hydrox purist and I only want my Oreos or Hydrox cookiesthe way they come out of the package.