Deep fried Twinkies are a food that county fair-goers have been enjoying for more than a decade. Credit for the fried version of the cream filled snack cake is given to a British-born man named Christopher Sell, who cooked up the first fried Twinkies at his Brooklyn fish and chip shop. The New York Times described what happens when a Twinkie is fried:
Something magical occurs when the pastry hits the hot oil. The creamy white vegetable shortening filling liquefies, impregnating the sponge cake with its luscious vanilla flavor (sure, it’s imitation, but nevertheless potent). The cake itself softens and warms, nearly melting, contrasting with the crisp, deep-fried crust in a buttery and suave way.
The snack found a home at county fairs, where it was joined by dozens upon dozens of other fried foods, yet remains a favorite to this day. This year, you may not have to to wait for the fair to roll into town to get your fried Twinkie fix. Hostess recently announced that they are launching Deep Fried Twinkies, a packaged version of the fair snack that can be prepared at home. The Twinkies are already covered in batter and fried before being packaged, so all you need to do is pop them in the oven for a few minutes (according to the directions on the packaging) to heat up the interiors and crisp up the funnel cake batter coating the cake.
The cakes will be available exclusively at Walmart for six months, then the cakes will be available nationwide.