Restaurant creates deep-fried Wagon Wheels offering 1,200 calories for just £1
Deep frying sweet treats has seemed less and less unusual since the deep-fried Mars Bar craze crept south of the Scottish border into the rest of a grateful UK.
But is a deep-fried Wagon Wheel taking it too far?
The battered mushy mallow-and-jam treat has become a surprise hit at a chippy in Cardiff, and those who have been lucky enough to try it out have found it has certain charms.
Parc Lane Fish and Chips on the city’s busy Queen Street serves up a snack that, at around 1,200 calories, isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it seems customers are flocking to the venue for the novelty value at least.
Writing on our sister site WalesOnline, reporter Tom Houghton said he was baffled by his encounter.
“It seems to me that biscuit is something that shouldn’t really be deep fried, especially when it is filled with jam and marshmallow.
“And as the Wagon Wheel’s biscuit isn’t particularly sweet in itself, it meant the batter made it taste almost meaty.
“Being then confronted with a splash of gooey marshmallow and hot jam was just a step too far for me.”
However, the novelty snack costing £1 already has plenty of devotees, and is just the latest in a long line of deep fried chocolates to be offered up by the shop.
Parc Lane Fish and Chips has a “chocolate of the month” policy of deep frying a different sweet treat to sell, alongside the Mars Bar, a staple on their menu.
Jessica Gill, supervisor at Parc Lane, said: “The team tries lots of different deep fried chocolate, then whichever one is the best, that’s what we run with.
“And all of the customers rave about them.
“But the best we have done so far was for Easter, when we did the Cadbury’s Creme Egg, and oh my god, we were literally selling about 100 a day.
“Then we did the Lion Bar, which was a good sell, then the Bounty in batter, and then the Wagon Wheel.
“We started doing deep fried chocolate because we are in town and it’s a popular place, so thought we’d give it a go.
“I think people like to come and have something different, and it’s going really well.
“People of all ages love it. So many walk past and take photos, it’s crazy, and it’s good fun for the staff too.”
The snack follows the latest invention from deep frying mastermind John Clarkson, who runs Mister Eaters chip shop in Preston, Lancashire.
Unleashed last week the deep-fried milkshake has been entertaining diners with its sweet and cool outside and crispy savoury exterior.
John is also known for the MacDoner, gut-busting burger and doner hybrid is two fast-food meals in one handy 2,000 calorie sandwich.
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