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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sweet Scout: Deep-Fried Delights to Stick to Your Back

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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A special Wednesday edition of the Sweet Scout...

There are sweets that aren't so bad for you, like angel-food cake and fat-free frozen yogurt. There are sweets that are actually good for you, like fruits and moderate amounts of dark chocolate. And then there are the decadent, comforting, "I deserve a treat" sweets.

The latter category, my friends, is where any deep-fried dessert belongs. Oh, sure, there are the commonplace fried desserts, like doughnuts. But there are also the things that people probably shouldn't fry, but do: pies, ice cream, cookies, cheesecake, candy bars, muffins, watermelon...

Really, folks. I've seen the watermelon recipe. The idea scares even me.

Why all this attention to deep-fried things? BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME. Now, no one's saying you should spend all your time eating that which is deeply fried, but as my grandmother says, "You need some fat, or things will stick to your back." You don't want the specifics of how that saying came about (just...don't ask), but you can probably guess that this is her way of saying a little grease can be good for you.

I've spent a lot of time with fried desserts. Fried pies made me very happy when I was a kid, and dougnuts are some of my favorite things in the world. I started to wonder, though: What other fried sweets won't gross me out? That's when I remembered the deep-fried Twinkie.

I've only had this particular delicacy once, four years ago, and wasn't impressed. It was this crisp phallic-shaped blob on a stick. Not horrible, but not so amazing that I wanted one every month thereafter.

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