What happens if you combine two fun foods like cola and anything fried? Then add some chopped sour cherries? Voilà, a deep fried coke with sour cherries treat!
The challenge: make a recipe with Coca-Cola and cherry. Yep soda, pop, cola, coke. A tough one indeed. Then inspiration struck. Let’s try the crazy sounding Deep Fried Coke that is served at fairs and carnivals. And to complete the requirement I just tossed in some chopped cherries. The result is nice puffy beignets of Deep Fried Coke with Sour Cherries.
Deep Fried Coke made its debut in 2006 at the State Fair of Texas. The recipe was a hit, as crazy as the idea may sound. Basically, it is a beignet (fritter) batter which uses Coca-Cola as a liquid instead of water and/or milk.
The taste is not as ‘coke-y’ as I had expected but you get a hint of the soda flavor when you bite into these rather yummy treats. It was a fun recipe to play around with.
I am not a fan of maraschino cherries and fresh cherries are very much out of season right now. So I decided to go with sour cherries. I discovered these in the freezer section of an ethnic grocery store in my neighborhood. One bite and I just fell in love with them.
I will sometimes defrost a small bowl and eat them alone. I thought their tart flavor would balance out the sweetness of the batter nicely. They are said to be good for sleep problems as they have high levels of melatonin, and others say they also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Have you ever tried deep fried coke at a carnival or state fair?
What do you like to eat at such events?
And what is your favorite kind of fun fried food?
Deep Fried Coke with Sour Cherries
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups Coca-Cola
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped sour cherries frozen
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- powdered sugar
- Start heating the oil to 375°F in a deep fryer or pan.
- In a bowl beat the eggs with the Coca-Cola and granulated sugar.
- Stir 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder and the salt. Sift the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the cola liquid mixture and mix well. Keep adding more flour until you have a smooth and not too thick batter. At the last minute stir in the frozen cherries.
- Drop large teaspoons of the batter into the oil and fry until golden, for 2 to 3 minutesn. Take out of the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while they are still hot.
Oh my God, did something like this exist! You are so creative. Love these fritters!
A very innovative dish indeed! I think I am going to give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing.
Ditto on what Liz said! Very creative. Wish I had a few to munch down on right now!
So that’s what deep fried coke looks like. I have never seen such a thing. How fascinating. Such an original take on the challenge ingredients!
You rocked this theme! I hope you saved me a few of these yummy gems 🙂
You can fry coke?? Who knew!
This is such a creative way meet the challenge of using cola and cherries! Looks delicious!
G’day! never heard of deep fried Coke Evelyne, true!
I have read about it via the many wonderful fairs across the US too!
Hehe I loved this post Eve! Last year we went to the State Fair of Texas and it was so much fun! We didn’t have deep fried Coke but we had so much deep fried food!
Here’s something I had never heard of – and which is absolutely tempting, starting with its name. 😛 The weekend is coming. And so is more time to try this one! Thank you so much.
Delicious little bites!
I have never heard of deep fried coke before, but, hey, why not? The cherries make this irresistible!!
I’ve never had anything like this before–how unique! I hope you have a most lovely Valentine’s day, Evelyne!
These fritters with cherries look mouthwatering!
I’m intrigued. I’ve made similar things before…but with coke?? Who would have thought. I’m very, very curious! They sure look delicious! 🙂 ela
Coke, and deep fried – the American dream:) Might as well add some bacon for good measure:)