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Fried Coke


Fried Coke

Fried Coke
Type Dessert
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Batter, Coca-Cola, syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, cherry
Cookbook: Fried Coke 

Fried Coke 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., a 45-year-old computer analyst from Texas, 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][9] 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.[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.[10]


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.[11] 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."[12] They were served with either cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or whipped cream.


  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. ^ "Newest Fair Food: Deep-Fried Coca-Cola". KIRO-TV. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  9. ^ "Working on Labor Day pays off for State Fair concessionaires" (Press release). State Fair of Texas. 2006-09-18. 
  10. ^ 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. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  11. ^ Monica, Davey (August 21, 2007). "Yes, Deep-Fried Oreos, but Not in Trans Fats".  
  12. ^ "Latest at the Fair: deep-fried Pepsi".  
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