Every spring I eat one Cadbury Creme Egg, and this year, I had it fried. During Brooklyn Restaurant Week Andrew and I went to the Chipshop in Park Slope, where they offered a three course meal for $10.55. Choices for each course varied, but most of it was fried. One option was a fried macaroni appetizer, fish and chips, and British-style pudding for dessert (surprisingly, not fried). When it came time for dessert, I noticed a small sign in the corner of the shop saying they offered deep fried Cadbury Creme Eggs for $2. My meal already came with pudding, but I wanted to embrace the fried theme of the day and try the egg as well.
Frying chocolate bars is a supposedly a common thing to do in the UK, especially in Scotland where 20% of fish and chip shops offer some sort of fried candy (usually a Mars Bar). I have been to the UK several times and never seen it for sale, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to finally see how they achieved this magical creation without creating a big, melted mess. When the fried Cadbury Creme Egg came to our table it looked exactly like you would imagine; a fried little round ball, dusted in powdered sugar (just what every Cadbury Creme Egg needs, more sugar). After I cut into it with a fork, the warm yellow and white filling spilled out.
Forgive the bad camera phone pictures, it is all I had available.
My first bite tasted a bit soggy. I was hoping for a french-fry style crunch, but it was more chewy than crisp. The chocolate and sugary insides were good, but it didn’t seem to blend well with the fried exterior. I left Andrew to finish the egg, and I returned to my pudding.
I can finally say I’ve tried deep fried chocolate, which was really the point afterall. Even if I loved the deep fried egg, I could never eat it regularly without feeling like I was unecessarily taking years off of my life. In case you can’t make it to Scotland anytime soon, I recommend traveling to the Chipshop in Brooklyn to try it for yourself. Easter is already a great excuse to eat chocolate, why not make it fried?