Fried Coke
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBatter, Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, cherry

Fried Coke or Deep Fried Soda 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. 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] 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; and now it is sold worldwide.[5] It is unavailable in most European countries though. 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.[9]


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.[10] 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."[11] They were served with either cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or whipped cream.

See also


  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" Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, 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. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ Vine, Katy (21 January 2013). "I Believe I Can Fry". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Working on Labor Day pays off for State Fair concessionaires" (Press release). State Fair of Texas. 2006-09-18. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006.
  9. ^ 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. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  10. ^ Monica, Davey (August 21, 2007). "Yes, Deep-Fried Oreos, but Not in Trans Fats". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "Latest at the Fair: deep-fried Pepsi". The Herald Bulletin. Retrieved 17 February 2012.