Raleigh, N.C. — The new deep-fried treat at the North Carolina State Fair this year is...deep-fried Jello-O! Creators are calling it "an adult take on a childhood favorite."
The sweet snack was invented by S2 Concessions, the same vendor that introduced deep-fried Girl Scout cookies, peanut butter pickles and red velvet mini donuts in previous years. Creators say the new fair dessert is a ball of Jell-O surrounded by a biscuit-like batter. When it's fried, the Jello-O blends into the batter, giving the gelatin a gooey consistency.
"It's sort of like cherry cobbler, with all the flavor but not the fruit. Or maybe like a jelly-filled donut, but with a lot more Jell-O and a lot less batter," said Scott Strother of S2 Concessions.
Strother said his inspiration came straight from this year's Texas State Fair, where deep-fried Jell-O won "Best Taste" in the Big Tex Choice Awards.
This year, deep-fried Jell-O will only come in one flavor - cherry. According to Strother, cherry is one of the top-selling flavors of Jell-O.
Trying the latest deep-fried snack won't be as unhealthy as you'd think. Strother makes his version of the sweet treat with sugar-free Jell-O (and a couple of other secret ingredients), and the whole thing is surrounded by gluten-free batter. Of course, like most deep-fried foods, it will come topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
You can find deep-fried Jell-O at the S2 Concessions' Mini Donut Trailer in the Kiddieland section on the curb at this year's N.C. State Fair Oct. 13, through Oct. 23.