Now, if there’s one thing I always wanted to try in Scotland, it was a deep-fried Mars bar. The thought of deep-frying a chocolate bar just seemed crazy enough to actually work.
This mad snack was invented in the mid-nineties in Stonehaven, a wee town on the Scottish east coast. Passing through the town from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, I did see the shop in which they initially started deep-frying Mars bars. They proudly display a big sign saying “Birthplace of the World Famous Deep Fried Mars Bar” outside the shop.
I didn’t get to try it in Stonehaven, though, and instead waited until I was back in Edinburgh. I went with a friend who had tried it several times and knew a good place.
So what’s exactly is it all about, one might ask. Well, basically they unwrap an ordinary Mars bar, dip it in batter and then fry it in oil. The bar of course has to be cold before frying it so it won’t melt completely. But still, it comes out looking quite strange.
Looking at it, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself in to and the first bite was strange. The texture was nothing like a cold, unfried Mars bar and with the batter… Well, it was just something different. But once I got over the weirdness of it all, I must say it wasn’t that bad.
But the Scots didn’t stop with the Mars Bar and they practically fry everything they can get their hands on, like different types of chocolate bars and other things such as pizza.
If given the chance, I might try another one, or maybe go for another chocolate bar. I do think the cold and un-battered version is the best. Still, I love trying the strange “specialities” of the countries I visit.