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This year's crazy summer-fair food: deep-fried Kool-Aid

Deep-fried butter is so last year. This year's hottest summer fair snack is deep-fried Kool-Aid.

The fried balls of Kool-Aid powder and flour were a popular item at the San Diego County Fair, where they made their debut, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Their famous inventor Charlie Boghosian, also known as "Chicken Charlie," said he has sold up to 600 orders per day, about double the rate of new items he has introduced in the past. (Those previous creations include deep-fried Pop Tarts, deep-fried Coca-Cola, deep-fried Twinkies, and deep-fried peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches. "I can deep fry just about anything," Mr. Boghosian once told ABC News.)

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The San Diego Union-Tribune describes deep-fried Kool-Aid as having the shape of a doughnut hole that's tangy and sweet.

The buzz generated by the snack may be a good indication that we'll eventually see Mr. Boghosian's latest invention popping up at fairs in Canada.

Deep-fried butter, which amazed attendees of the State Fair of Texas in 2009, was introduced to Torontonians at the Canadian National Exhibition last year. Those meatball-sized bites involved dipping butter in batter, deep-frying it, and topping it with chocolate, caramel or vanilla.

Beyond hot dogs and cotton candy, fairs are known for introducing odd-ball snacks, from doughnut burgers to deep-fried pickles. What are the best and worst fair foods you've tried?

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