Deep Fried (Mini) Mars Bars

Deep fried mini Mars bars.

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.


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9 comments on “Deep Fried (Mini) Mars Bars

  1. Cathy N in Inglewood Calgary
    November 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    What can I say?… But break out the deep fryer! I was pleasantly surprised to see your new posting as I thought you’d be flying across the country right now… When do you leave for NYC, Julie?

  2. Sharon
    November 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    In response to your Tweet: “American Museum of Natural History, Macy’s Wowohwowohwow.”

    The Dinner Party
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  3. JulieVR
    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Sharon – no way! I saw this! back in the 70s, I think! when I was little it was in Calgary!

  4. Sharon
    November 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Right. I was then little too. Is that your Mike in the other post picture? How does he stay so hot on a diet of deep-fried Mars bars???

  5. Barb
    November 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

    These are kinda making my teeth ache just looking at them. Should I worry?

  6. Jade @ No Longer 25
    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I didn’t know you had Scottish roots – lol! Although I am Scottish I’ve never tried the infamous deep fried Mars bar, I’m sure one which is homemade is not as bad as the chip shop variety you get here. Perhaps I will have to try one now you have given it’s blessing!

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