Originally showcased by the creative deep-fryers of the Texas State Fair, this surprising concoction made its New England debut three years ago at the Big E – fried jelly beans.
We thought we’d mix up a batch in honor of the upcoming festivities that put them on our radar, and hopefully inspire you guys at home to give them a try, too!
Jelly Bean Fritters
- 2 cups Drum Rock Products Fritter & Clam Cake Mix
- Approx. ½ to ¾ cups Water
- Jelly beans
- Mixing bowl
- Ice-cream scoop (we recommend a #50 scoop)
- Frying oil
- Brown paper bag or paper plate
- Confectionery or granulated sugar
1. Fill fryolator with oil and turn to 375 degrees F.
2. While waiting for the oil to reach full heat, add the Fritter & Clam Cake mix to the bowl and add around one ½ cup of the water. Gently fold the water and mix together; slowly add more water until the mixture comes together (the mix should be thicker than pancake batter, but not as firm as a pie or cookie dough). Do not over mix. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
3. Choose one or two complementary jelly bean flavors (we used blue raspberry and strawberry) and drop them into the batter just before scooping.
4. As you scoop, make sure to get a few jelly beans each time, and then carefully drop the batter into the fryolator. Each fritter should take about 2-3 minutes to cook; you can fry them in batches, taking care to turn them over so they are golden-brown all over and cooked thoroughly.
5. Remove fritters from oil and place in paper bag. Add 1 tablespoon of either confectionery or granulated sugar to the bag and shake to coat (you can also place hot cakes on a paper plate to drain and dust with sugar of your choice). Allow to cool slightly before enjoying. Serves 4-6 people.
Jelly beans wrapped in fried dough may sound like a crazy idea, but we found these confections to be even tastier than we had imagined. Dusted with a little powdered or granulated sugar, they are a deliciously warm and crispy take on the jelly doughnut.
They are great drizzled with caramel or strawberry sauce and topped with whipped cream, and even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
Jelly Bean Fritters are a perfect way to end a meal, and will make a delectable addition to your Dessert or Kid’s Menu.