Packaged Food

Skip The Fair, Deep-Fried Twinkies Are Now Being Sold In Stores


What’s your favorite way to eat a Twinkie? Frozen? Straight out of the wrapping? How about deep fried?

Deep Fried Twinkies have been a popular fair food for years, but soon Twinkie lovers will be able to skip the fair altogether and enjoy the deep fried treat from the comfort of their own homes.

Hostess worked with Walmart to develop a prepackaged version of the fair food favorite. Before packaging, the original golden sponge cakes are dipped in funnel cake batter and flash fried.

Unlike regular Twinkies, which are ready to go from the package, the deep fried version will need to be popped in the oven for a few minutes before they are enjoyed. The treats are also supposed to be kept frozen prior to cooking.

The deep fried treat will be available exclusively at Walmart for the next year starting August 22.


These Corn Dogs Are Stuffed With Chicken Cordon Bleu And It’s A Thing Of Beauty


OK, chicken cordon bleu is an awesome dish. Let’s get that straight. The idea of stuffing ham and cheese into a piece of chicken is probably one of the oldest instances of food porn there is. However, chicken cordon bleu is probably the worst dish to brag about eating with your friends because the name just sounds so pretentious.

So what if there was a similar dish that had a FOODBEAST twist to it?

We met up with Josh Elkin and somehow ended up in the Foodbeast kitchen where the Chicken Corn Dog Bleu was born.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 chicken breast per dog
  • ham and swiss cheese slices, 2 each per dog
  • aluminum foil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of corn meal
  • 4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 pilsner glass
  • oil for frying
  • mustard for dipping

Here’s what to do:

Cut a hole in your chicken breast.

Stuff that hole with your rolled up slices of ham and swiss cheese.

Wrap the filled chicken breast in aluminum foil.

Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 400 degrees F. Until cooked.

Throw flour, corn meal, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and mix your dry ingredients.

Crack your egg and add your milk to the dry corn dog mixture. Blend evenly.

Pour your corn dog batter into a tall pilsner glass, or any tall narrow glass.

Insert a corn dog stick into your chicken and dunk it slowly into the corn dog batter.

Deep fry your corn dog until it’s golden brown.

Now, it’s ready to serve. We recommend with a side of hot mustard.


How To Make Garlic Chicken In A Deep-Fried Potato Cup

Inspired by the Lebanese dish Shish Taouk, a kind of marinated chicken kebab, we brought Josh Elkin to the FOODBEAST Kitchen and put our heads together to come up with a new take on the classic plate. We even consulted Lebanon’s premiere bad boy Marc Kharrat’s own mother to make sure the recipe was as authentic as possible.

Spices and all.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 deep fryer or large pot
1 basting brush
1 melon ball spoon
3 liters of cooking oil
1 plastic bag
1 beaten egg
1 large peeled russet potato
⅓ cup of diced gherkins
⅓ cup of garlic sauce
1 pound of chopped chicken tenders
2 teaspoons of 7 spice
¾ cup of plain yogurt
⅓ cup of tomato paste
Juice of half a lemon
4 cloves of minced garlic
½ teaspoon of sumac spice

Here’s what to do:

Step 1

Preheat cooking oil to 325 degrees F.

Slice the russet potato in half. Using the melon ball spoon, scoop out the inside flesh of the potato making sure not the pierce the sides of the bottom.

Step 2

Fry the potato in the oil for about 2 minutes and then take it out. Boost the heat up to 350 degrees F. and fry the potato again until it becomes golden brown and crispy.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 3

Combine the chicken, yogurt, tomato paste, garlic, 7 spice, and lemon juice in a plastic bag and mix well. Put it in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight for best results.

Step 4

Add the chicken to a baking tray and cook it in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Step 5

Line the inside of the potato cup with garlic sauce. Layer the gherkins followed by some chicken. Continue to layer until the cup is full.

Step 6

Sprinkle the sumac spice on top of the cup.

Photo: @marckharrat


How To Turn Your Protein Bar Into A Churro


Our buddies over at Quest Nutrition just dropped this awesome new video showing us how to make Chocolate-Dipped Protein Churros.

This protein-packed recipe is for anyone looking to change up their meal plan with some deep-fried fun.


Here’s what you need:

A Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar, salt, butter, water, vanilla milkshake protein powder, eggs. cinnamon, 0 calorie sweetener, coconut oil (for frying), Greek yogurt, sour cream, chocolate milkshake protein powder.

Here’s what to do:

Break the Quest bar into smaller pieces and throw it in a food processor until it’s a fine powder. Combine salt, water, the vanilla milkshake protein powder over heat. When it becomes doughy. Remove it from the heat and add two egg yolks and fold them into the dough.

Throw the dough in a piping tube, with the appropriate pipe, and set it aside.

Melt your coconut oil in a pot. Once it’s bubbling, pipe your churro batter into the oil a little at a time. When the churros are golden brown, sprinkle your cinnamon and calorie-less sweetener mix.

To make your chocolate dip, throw your Greek yogurt, sorcery, chocolate milkshake powder into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Now, enjoy!


How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice


When we heard the name Fried Quinoa, we automatically pictured a cluster of quinoa coated in corndog batter and thrown in a boiling hot deep fryer. Don’t blame us, that’s just the kind recipes we’re used to. So it was awesome to see Clean Eats come up with a quinoa recipe that was NOTHING like how we described.

Rather, it’s a healthier take on fried rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil, onions, carrots, green peas, ginger, garlic, quinoa, 3 eggs, soy sauce and green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

What to do:

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots, green peas, ginger and garlic. Then, add the quinoa and mix it into the veggies for a minute or two. Carve out a hole in the middle of your skillet and add three eggs. Allows the eggs to fully cook and add mix them into your quinoa.

Add some soy sauce, as much as you desire, and mix your quinoa thoroughly.

Finally, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Check out the video for the full recipe, in glorious detail. You can also make a dope cauliflower fried rice variation.


Fried Chicken Ice Cream Exists And Here’s Where To Find It

It seems like anything can become a flavor of ice cream these days. All you have to do is want it enough. One of the newest flavors you can try is now…fried chicken.


A fried chicken festival in Japan is actually serving the flavored ice cream to guests, says RocketNews24. The Karaage Festival is an annual event in Japan that honors the deep-fried poultry.

There, you can try hundreds of fried chicken recipes.

One particularly noteworthy item is called karaage soft serve. Sources say the ice cream is both sweet, salty and pretty refreshing. Good to know, cause we were worried how fried chicken would work as a dessert.


The festival will be held in Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu. It will begin April 2 and end April 3.


This Theme Park Will Serve You Alligator Meat In A Cone


On our most recent tour through Knott’s Berry Farm, we came upon the Spurs Patio dining area. There, Knott’s chef Bobby Obezo announced that we would get to try alligator meat served at the park for the upcoming Boysenberry Festival.

The reptilian protein is hand battered and deep-fried into little bite-sized pieces. It’s served with with a boysenberry aioli in a paper cone over a bed of thinly-cut french fries.


It tasted like chicken and if they didn’t tell us what it was ahead of time, I don’t think we’d be able to tell the difference.

You can find the gator bites at Knott’s during the popular Boysenberry Festival the Peanuts theme park holds annually. The festival will begin on March 19 and run through April 3.


Knott’s Berry Farm Has A Deep-Fried Cheesecake On A Stick For Its Upcoming Boysenberry Festival


Knott’s Berry Farm’s famous Boysenberry Festival is quickly approaching and we had the chance to eat through their stomping grounds before the crowds. One of the newest items will be what the theme park is calling a Fun Stick.

What’s so fun about this stick, you ask?


The dessert is a trifecta of theme park goodness. It’s a cheesecake on a stick that’s dipped in funnel cake batter. Once it’s deep fried, the Fun Stick is topped with a boysenberry cream that’s made at the park and dusted with powdered sugar.

Since the graham cracker crust is exposed the extreme heat, it falls apart inside the cake batter. Hence, the empanada-like appearance.


You can get your hands on a sticky Fun Stick at Ghost Town Grub during the Boysenberry Festival beginning March 19 through April 3.