Bet you a dollar to a (fried) Kool-aid ball

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Being from the South, I love anything fried.

Our house used to be like the Bubba Gump shrimp list for fried food – fried chicken, fried pork chops, fried squash, fried okra. If you could batter it, we’d eat it.

We even tried fried bologna one time. That was nasty, so it’s not on the list.

Haven’t tried a fried turkey or Oreos, but when I saw that someone had successfully fried – and sold – Kool-aid, I thought to myself, “Either that person is super smart or super creepy.”

If you’ve heard about how it works, skip the next two paragraphs. For those who haven’t, here it goes:

Invented by “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian, they’ve been described as the next “it” food at county fair.

Boghosian started working fairs when he was 14 as a summer job. At age 22, he went into business for himself, selling pressure-fried chicken and his self-created deep-fried delicacies as desserts.

Boghosian, now 42, has invented more than 100 deep-fried treats to sell at fairs in California. His newest delicacy, fried Kool-aid, is comprised of Kool-aid powder and flour. The fried goodness supposedly resembles colored doughnut holes.

Brilliant in its simplicity, isn’t it?

On the flip side, we all know there’s some mother somewhere saying, “I’ve been doing that for years. You mean someone just now decided to do it for money? Ahhh! That should have been me.”

Let me just say this – I’m a little hesitant to try a fried Kool-aid ball.

First off, I’m not a big fan of the colored water and sugar drink for the simple fact it’s colored water with a lot of sugar in it.

I don’t usually serve it at the house unless there is going to be a horde of children around. It’s quick to make and easy to make in large quantities, two qualities needed when one is in charge of quenching the thirst of 20-plus boys and girls.

On the flip side, once the “thing” is over, those same boys and girls are sent home all jacked up on sugar. Be it from the Kool-aid or the cake, they’re bouncing off the walls.

Kool-aid also stains the mouth. You’ve seen those children in the store that look like they’re been kissing the Kool-aid man. I hate that look, even if it does color coordinate with the day’s ensemble.

With all that said, I bet you a dollar to a doughnut (or Kool-aid ball) someone will be selling those things this weekend at Florala’s June 24th Masonic arts and crafts.

I’ll be sure to post photos on The Star-News’ Facebook page. Be on the lookout.