Forget cotton candy, funnel cakes, and deep fried snickers and oreos, this year’s latest fair-food craze is… deep fried Kool-aid balls.
“Chicken” Charlie Boghosian, the inventor of the Kool-Aid ball, started working fairs when he was 14 as a summer job. At age 22 he went into business for himself, selling pressure-fried chicken and his self-created deep-fried delicacies as desserts.
Now at age 42 Boghosian has invented more than 100 deep-fried treats to sell at fairs in California. Although he offers a myriad of other food, (charbroiled chicken,kebabs, rotisserie chicken and salads to name a few) deep-fried food and desserts are his passion.
“I really love what I do,” said the deep-fry king everyone calls Chicken Charlie told the Star from the San Diego State Fair. “I wouldn’t want to change what I have today . . . there’s no better place than the fair.”
So how are the deep-fry king’s Kool-aid balls doing at this year’s San Diego State Fair?
In the opening weekend alone, Boghosian plowed through 150-pounds of Kool-Aid powder and 1,500 pounds of flour, as hungry fairgoers gobbled down his latest deep-fried delicacy. No word yet on how many packets of Tums were sold during the same period.
Check out the video below to hear Chicken Charlie talk about his latest deep-fry creation.