Saturday, 5 February 2011

Deep fried Twinkies

A while ago (I'm talking maybe May 2010) J went to the US to visit her brother who is working out there. On her return, as is customary she bought treats for the office. These included a box of Twinkies:

Now Twinkies are pretty hardcore sugary snacks. Despite our best efforts we weren't able to finish the box, so I ended up taking a brace home. Not quite knowing what to do with them I whacked them in the freezer, knowing full well that since Twinkies are reputed to be the only thing to survive a nuclear bomb, I thought they'd last.

Now, I've really no idea how I came across the idea of deep fried Twinkies. (It was probably from the Wikipedia page.) Anyhoo, as I'm in the process of eating my freezer (so I can defrost it), the Twinkies reared their head and I dug out the recipe I'd found from Good Morning America and my trusty deep fat fryer.

The batter was brilliantly crisp, but deep fried warm sponge cake was weird. And not in a good way. The sponge had practically dissolved, almost melted, and the "cream" centre was just about still there, lurking.

To cut through the sugar and fat the traditional accompaniment is a berry sauce. This being a spur of the moment Saturday afternoon thing, I didn't have any berries so free-styled with a dark chocolate sauce. The bitterness of the chocolate just about made the thing edible.

I guess this is the American equivalent of a deep fried Mars bar. Although I know which one I prefer and it won't require a trip across the Atlantic.

If you just happen to have some Twinkies lying about and want to have a go here's the recipe I used (apologies for the cups).

Deep-Fried Twinkies

2 Twinkies - frozen hard
Flour for dusting
1/3 cup milk
2dsp vinegar
1tsp oil
1/3 cup flour
1/3 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
Wooden sticks - lolly sticks (or toothpicks will suffice)

1. Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 190°C.
3. Mix together milk, vinegar and oil.
4. In another bowl, blend flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth. Refrigerate while oil heats.
6. Push stick into Twinkie lengthwise, leaving about 2 inches to use as a handle, dust with flour and dip into the batter. Rotate Twinkie until batter covers entire cake.
7. Place carefully in hot oil. The Twinkie will float, so hold it under with a utensil to ensure even browning. It should turn golden in 3 to 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your deep fryer, you might be able to fry only one at a time, two at the most.
8. Remove Twinkie to paper towel and let drain. Remove stick and allow Twinkie to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Variation: Slice Twinkie into 4 pieces. Flour and batter each before frying. With this treatment, one Twinkie will serve two people if accompanied by a sauce.


  1. I've ALWAYS wanted to try Twinkies, ever since I saw them in Grease the movie hehe. That chocolate sauce would make anything edible I'm sure! Would you recommend a deep fried Mars Bar then? I've never tried it, which is outrageous as I come from Glasgow!

  2. Interesting experiment: the trials of a gastronaut sound so much fun! Whatever next?

  3. I could feel my teeth going on edge just reading about those Twinkies, that cream looks so false!

  4. Do you know, I'd never known what a Twinkie actually was! I'd heard of them but I'd never seen them.... Great experimentation... but I won't be copying! Thanks for taking one for the team and letting us know! :-)

  5. @Catherine - OMG! The first time I tried a deep fried Mars bar was when I was in Edinburgh for the festival. They are amazing. However, only one at a time.

    @Janice - The "cream" (well the whole thing to be frank) is pretty much nothing like real food. It's false in every way!

    To all - apologies for very tardy response, massive changes in job and location with associated interruption to internet access. Need to work out how I can keep on blogging!



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