Quarantine Snacks: Fried Oreos

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Megan Thompson

Fried Oreos are not only a sweet treat, but a fun activity to help get through quarantine. Audio: (Tic Toc audio) Aquamarine-Yondering

Binge-watching shows and eating classic snacks has become a staple for surviving the boredom of quarantine for some. But eventually, even that gets old. So what if we remixed some classic snacks as a way to provide some new entertainment as well as a tasty treat? That’s what my family and I decided to do. In this video is a very shortened down process of what we did, but below I will go into further detail on how to make them!

WARNING: This recipe requires using hot oil, it is important to make sure the oil is at the right temperature and to be careful to avoid burns! Read all instructions before attempting this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Pancake mix and required ingredients your specific box says is necessary (We used a plain pancake mix that only required adding water)
  • Oreos
  • Frying Oil (We used peanut oil, but you can use any oil that says it’s safe for frying food and make sure it’s set at a safe temperature)
  • Powdered Sugar

Tools:

  • Fry Basket
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Plate

Step 1: Make your pancake mix according to the instructions provided on the packaging. My family used a “just add water” pancake mix. At this time pour your frying oil into a pot and set on the stove, heating to 375°. WARNING: Oil may not look like it’s “boiling”, a good test to see when it is hot is to dip the end of a wooden spoon in and see if bubbles form around it. In the video linked above, the oil ended up being too hot, and it took multiple tries to get the right results. Remember to be careful around hot oil!

Step 2: When the oil has reached to correct temperature, drop an Oreo into your pancake batter and use a spoon to cover all sides of the Oreo with the batter. Then use the spoon to lift the Oreo into the frying basket. The basket should NOT be in the pot with the oil yet. Depending on the size of your basket you can make between 1-5 at a time, as long as each oreo has plenty of space between them.

Step 3: Once your batter-coated Oreos are in the frying basket, you can gently dip them into the oil, being careful not to splash hot oil out of the pot. Typically it takes 2 minutes to make a batch, but on your first try, it’s good to check every 20-30 seconds to see if they turned a golden brown earlier then that.

Step 4: Once the battered Oreos have turned a golden brown, remove them from the oil and on to a paper towel covered plate. Make sure to turn off the stove and give the oil plenty of time to cool before safely discarding. Be careful as they might still be hot.

Step 5: Pour powdered sugar into a bowl and begin to lightly coat them in the sugar. Fried Oreos are best enjoyed on the warmer side, so once they are cool enough to pick up you can start this step.

Step 6: Enjoy! They might not turn out exactly right on the first try, but it’s a fun activity and adds a different mix to your usual snacks.

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