I know! I’m a terrible influence. It sounds so hideous, but wow – these babies are tasty. You wouldn’t balk at an apple fritter, right? And I bet you’ve snuck a chocolate bar or two from the kids’ bag, hidden in the closet, after they fall asleep? Combine the two (plus, yes, an apple) and you have yourself a deep-fried Mars bar. (I can justify any expense, monetary or caloric.)
If you’re going to make a deep fried Mars bar (you’ll be amazed how easy it is) it really is best to use the little two-bite ones, rather than a whole ginormous full-sized bar. You wind up with something the size of a beignet, with a gooey chocolate-caramel interior. If you’re looking for something fun and sweet for a party, this here is classic once-a-year food.
Deep Fried Mini Mars Bars
mini chocolate bars – any kind (Mars works well, as do Snickers and Oh Henry)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
enough milk or water to make a thin batter
canola oil, for frying
powdered sugar, for sprinkling
Unwrap your chocolate bars and if they’re big, cut them into pieces (aim for an inch or so). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and enough milk or water to make a thin batter – it should have the consistency of thin cream.
In a wide pot, heat an inch or two of canola oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. (You’ll know it’s ready when a scrap of bread held into the oil bubbles around it.) Dip a few chocolate bars at a time into the batter, coating them completely, then gently slip into the oil. Cook a couple at a time for a minute or two, flipping with tongs as necessary, until golden. (If they are cooking too quickly, turn the heat down – if it’s taking too long, the oil may need to be hotter. Don’t crowd the pot, or it will bring the temperature of the oil down.)
Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain. Once cool enough to handle and eat, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.