Fried Coke

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Fried Coke
Fried Coke.jpg
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBatter, Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, cherry

Fried Coke or Deep Fried Soda is a frozen Coca-Cola-flavored batter that is deep-fried and then topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, and a cherry.[1][2] It was introduced by inventor Abel Gonzales Jr. at the 2006 State Fair of Texas;[3][4][5] Gonzales is also the creator of recipes for deep-fried butter and deep-fried beer at later Texas State Fairs.[6][7] The concoction won the title of "Most Creative" in the second annual judged competition among food vendors.[8] It proved very popular in Texas, selling 10,000 cups in the first two weeks. It quickly spread to other states, appearing in at least 47 state fairs in 2007; and now it is sold worldwide.[5] In 2009, Fried Coke was featured on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Fried Coke is estimated to have 830 calories (3,500 kJ) per cup.[9]


Since its introduction in 2006, several variations have appeared, using different types of soda and different toppings. A New York Times article published in 2007 about the Indiana State Fair mentions deep-fried Pepsi as being an innovation.[10] In that particular variation, the balls were served with toothpicks and were described to taste "like a doughnut hole but with a noticeable Pepsi undertone."[11] They were served with either cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or whipped cream.

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  1. ^ New way to get fat in Texas: Fried Coke, UPI, October 16, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2007
  2. ^ "Because we don't already have enough fried foods...," Reuters, October 27, 2006
  3. ^ "Gourmandising in Texas: Come fry with me", The Economist, October 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Alice Laussade, "Abel Gonzales Jr: Dallas' Fried-Stuff Savior", Dallas Observer, September 2, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "The Apex of American Ingenuity- Fried Soda". Inventor Spot. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Hold on to your hearts, It's Deep-Fried Butter!". Today. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ Vine, Katy. "I Believe I Can Fry". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Working on Labor Day pays off for State Fair concessionaires" (Press release). State Fair of Texas. 2006-09-18. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006.
  9. ^ Menzer, Katie (2006-10-22). "End of the ride for fairgoers: As the State Fair wraps up, the devoted savor their memories of another year". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  10. ^ Monica, Davey (August 21, 2007). "Yes, Deep-Fried Oreos, but Not in Trans Fats". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "Latest at the Fair: deep-fried Pepsi". The Herald Bulletin. Retrieved 17 February 2012.