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Posted on 12/16/2004 5:46:55 PM PST by martin_fierro
Deep-fried Mars bar taking Scotland by storm
PARIS (AFP) - The deep-fried Mars bar, a nutritionist's nightmare that surfaced in Scotland about a decade ago, is now an established part of the Scottish culinary scene, according to a letter published in The Lancet.
Dipped in batter and then cooked in hot oil, the Mars bar is now on sale in more than a fifth of Scotland's 627 fish-and-chip shops, it says.
The average sale is 23 bars per shop per week, but some shops say they sell up to 200 a week, it records.
The deep-fried Mars bar first surfaced in news reports in 1995, reputedly originating in the eastern city of Aberdeen.
Promoters of Scottish tourism -- aghast at this damage to their efforts to highlight Scotland's history, culture and landscape -- joined with middle-class foodies in deriding the DFMB as media hype.
But this is untrue, say authors David Morrison and Mark Pettigrew of the Greater Glasgow NHS Board, who contend the snack is "deep and crisp and eaten."
"Scotland's deep-fried Mars bar is not just an urban myth," they say.
Health experts have condemned the deep-fried Mars bar as an artery-clogging catastrophe.
Scotland is already ranked as the country with the highest rate of chronic heart disease in Western Europe, a position that owes itself to cigarettes and alcohol as well as a poor diet and a love of sugary foods.
Critics should take heart, though.
The Mediterranean diet is penetrating into Scotland, "albeit in the form of deep-fried pizza," say Morrison and Pettigrew.
Pizza is one of several items that customers have asked shops to deep-fry, along with bananas, pineapple rings and creme eggs, a highly sweet confectionery.
The letter is published next Saturday's issue of the British medical weekly.
Haggis or deep-fried Mars bar?
Haggis or deep-fried Mars bar?
A man eats a deep-fried Mars bar in Australia. Dipped in batter and then cooked in hot oil, the Mars bar is now on sale in more than a fifth of Scotland's 627 fish-and-chip shops according to a letter published in The Lancet(AFP/File/William West)
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Call me crazy, but I'm thinking about trying it at home!
Ugh, I think my teeth are falling out just from reading this.
LOL! Me too!
I'm wondering if it will also work with Snickers and Reeses cups.
Or a KitKat?? Krunch on top of krunch!
I love the Mars bar, I also like deep-fried food. This would unite both of my likes.
Im almost tempted to try it out on a Hershey's Smores bar. LOL
Make me one too! I'd be curious to know what they are like! *L*
What they didn't mention in the article, is that you freeze the bar first.
It will work with almost any kind of candy or fruit, even with twinkies they say.
It's a sort of fast food baked Alaska.
To be eaten while watching White Trash Christmas. :^)
I'd like to try it, but I wonder if I would live.
I'm afraid I'd like it.
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