North Carolina State Fair

Taste Test: Deep-Fried Girl Scout Cookies

Posted October 15, 2012 4:31 a.m. EDT

Remember that funky food row I mentioned a few blog posts ago? That's where you'll find the deep-fried Girl Scout cookies. Look for the giant banner at the top of the booth.

I had some hopes that you'd get your choice of cookies (I really wanted to try some deep-fried Thin Mints) but only one variety is available -- Caramel deLites. $5 got me three fried cookes drizzled with chocolate and covered with powdered sugar.

Sometimes when you get a deep-fried something, there's a huge amount of breading and then the fried item is mostly intact in the middle. If there's a temperature contrast between the batter and the item, that can add a pleasant dimension to the taste.

In the case of the Girl Scout cookies, the batter was fairly thin and the cookies weren't just warm, they were disintegrated in the middle of the batter. So it was less like eating a fried cookie than it was eating a warm blob of dough with melted caramel in the middle interspersed with coconut and random cookie bits.

Delicious is what I'm trying to stay. Extremely goopy, and with three cookies hard to share between two people, but delicious.

My favorite deep-fried thing is probably still the deep-fried HoHo, but this is a close second. Highly recommended. Now, if they only had some Thin Mints...