Long John Silver's Deep-Fried Twinkies Are the Best Thing in Fast Food Right Now

At first, the deep-fried Twinkies at Long John Silver's were only available as a dessert option on the "Fisherman's Feast" meal deal — after filling yourself with fried fish and hush puppies, you could choose either a strawberry cheesecake or a Twinkie, originally by Hostess but now battered and fried. And even then, they were only available in two test markets: St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

But customers started asking for them a la carte, a restaurant spokeswoman tells us. And then, after getting a taste, they'd ask for more than one — a half-dozen, a dozen, enough for the whole family. Taste one, and you might get an idea why: Perfectly crisp and lightly cinnamony on the outside, pleasantly creamy on the inside, and somehow not the slightest bit messy, they're like the genetically engineered love child of a churro and a cream puff.

So, hey .... the people have spoken. The fast food chain is now selling these deep-fried confections for 99 cents each, or a dozen for $9.99. You can pick up a treasure chest full (yes, they literally have cardboard treasure chests for such orders) and satisfy the entire office.

For today only — that's Wednesday, June 21 — Long John Silver's is upping the ante: They're giving away a free deep-fried Twinkie to anyone who asks. No purchase necessary; just head to the order counter and get in on the magic. Limit one per person, while supplies last. (See here for a list of locations.)

And for the rest of America, we can't promise you freebies, but we can promise you bliss. The deep-fried twinkies will only be in St. Louis until July 23, but after that the fast food chain plans a national rollout. Keep an eye on #DFtwinkieLJS to get in on the fried fun.

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Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske is the executive editor of Euclid Media Group, overseeing publications in eight cities. She is the former host of St. Louis on the Air and was previously editor-in-chief of the RFT and the LA Weekly. She lives in St. Louis.
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