BY BOB HOLT
“Chicken” Charlie Boghosian claims to have created more than 100 deep-fried specials to serve at county fairs. In past years Chicken Charlie has been responsible for delicacies like as fried Klondike Bars, fried Pop Tarts, and fried Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.
Does it get any better than that? According to Charlie, yes.
Chicken Charlie is now serving fried balls of Kool-Aid at the San Diego County Fair from his Chicken Charlie food stand.
According to USA Today, Boghosian creates a thick batter with Kool-Aid drink mix and drops balls into the fryer with an ice cream scoop. He charges $5.95 for an order of six or seven. Price of an ambulance is not included.
On the first weekend of the San Diego County Fair, The Huffington Post reports Boghosian sold 400 to 600 five-ball orders each day. Chicken Charlie went through 150 pounds of Kool-Aid powder and 1,500 pounds of flour to make about 9,000 balls.
It’s been quite a year already. Fairs across the U.S. have seen deep-fried spaghetti and meatballs, bacon cheddar mashed potatoes and bologna, all on a stick, deep-fried lattes, colas, peanut butter, beer and deep-fried butter.
The Kool-Aid balls look like red donut holes, and are increasing in popularity. According to the Christian Science Monitor, one of Boghosian’s customers said, "It starts off tart and tangy, and finishes really sweet."
Of course, the nasty little red balls have been trending on Twitter. Food writer Gael Greene gave her opinion, saying, "If fried Kool-Aid balls are a hot treat @the County Fair it seems food critics R redundant, crying in the wilderness."
Perhaps local EMTs will soon sponsor some of these fair exhibits.