Magazine article Insight on the News

Here's to Your Health: Candy Bars Get Deep-Fat Fried

Magazine article Insight on the News

Here's to Your Health: Candy Bars Get Deep-Fat Fried

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Byline: Stephen Goode, INSIGHT

Dispatches from Reuters that the famous news agency files under the rubric "ODD" come as close to irresistible as wire copy ever gets. And that's a fitting name for these items they do tend toward the strange and exotic. At the same time, they have a way of telling us something about the way we live now. Here are a few of the choice oddities that for the people has collected during the last couple of weeks.

* For enthusiasts of food deep-fried in fats and oils a cadre whose number is legion there is good news out of Texas. To traditional fried edibles such as okra, potatoes, catfish and green tomatoes now add fried Oreos and candy bars both of which debuted this year at the annual Texas State Fair. How do you fry a chocolate candy bar in very hot fat or oil and not end up with a sticky, smelly mess? First (of course), the candy bar is dipped in batter, just as with most anything else that is deep-fried. Then it's cooked in deep fat or oil for about 30 seconds and no more. The result is served hot on a plate which, according to Reuters, "quickly becomes saturated in oil." Ummm. For the people suspects it prefers its Oreos and candy bars served straight out of the wrapper.

* How perfectly symbolic! In Romania, thousands of bottles of expensive spirits and the finest of wines that were the private stash of the country's former dreaded Communist boss Nicolae Ceausescu and his equally detested wife, Elena, had to be destroyed because they'd gone sour very sour. Altogether, the ingredients of 621 bottles of red and white wine, 411 bottles of Romanian brandy and more than 1,000 bottles of other kinds of alcoholic potables were poured down the drain at the Ceausescus' huge palace and the bottles smashed to smithereens.

The deservedly ill-fated Ceausescus never completed that lavish palace described in a current Romanian guidebook as 'the world's biggest eyesore. …

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