Heart Attack on a Stick: Deep-Fried Butter

Deep-Fried Butter at the Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Deep-Fried Butter at the Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.

The fair! The fair! I love county fairs and the Charlotte County Fair in Port Charlotte kicked off over the weekend and for the first time since living here, I finally had a chance to get my fair fix. Tonight was $1 admission plus FREE parking. Awesome for a single gal’s budget.

Yes, I Ate Deep-Fried Butter

The headline of this post pretty much indicates what I ate and let’s just say, I rushed home, drank a gallon of water and ate lots of vegetables. The “in” fried fair food on a stick this year is “deep-fried butter.”

Now, I know what you’re picturing, licking your lips and gagging done a bite of golden fried beer-battered stick of butter. It’s a scene I can’t even imagine butter-loving celebrity Southern chef Paula Deen trying.

Deep-Fried Butter, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 6, 2012
Batter-Dipped Butter in the Deep Fryer at the Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.

But really, it wasn’t *that* bad and nothing what I imagined it would taste. I asked the gal at the booth to explain it to me.

“It’s a half a stick of butter dipped in a batter,” she said. The batter also has sugar (maybe cinnamon) then is deep-fried and drizzled with icing. She explained the butter melts into the batter so it’s more like a buttery French toast on a stick.

Deep-Fried Butter, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 6, 2012
Drizzling the Icing Atop the Deep-Fried Butter on a Stick at the Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Don’t Tell Your Doctor

“People are afraid to eat it because they think they’re taking a bite out of a stick of butter,” she then told them. And that’s when the trigger in my head said, “YES! Try it!”

By telling me some people are “afraid” to eat it, I was determined to be the minority and brave a deep-fried stick of butter. After all, I’ve eaten a Teriyak flavored mealworm and cricket and rationed I could double up (maybe for a week) on my Omega-3.

“It’s something you shouldn’t tell your doctor you ate,” and we both agreed on that.

Piercing the Deep-Fried Butter to See It's Melted, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Piercing the Deep-Fried Butter to See It's Melted, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, Fla.

As soon as I pierced the fried dough with the plastic fork, melted butter oozed from the hotdog-shaped stick yet the dough didn’t soak up as much as I thought. It kind of just pooled up in the bottom of the basket begging for me to soak it up by dipping the golden-fried dough.

The gal was right, it did taste like buttery French toast and no, I didn’t eat the whole thing. I really couldn’t subject my body to all that concentrated fat. Apparently a half stick of butter has more than 800 calories and that’s without the batter.

I’ve tried fried Oreos and Coke, what will come next? Have you ever had deep-fried butter?



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

4 thoughts on “Heart Attack on a Stick: Deep-Fried Butter

  1. I haven’t tried deep-fried butter, but I have tried deep-fried Twinkies. I didn’t think I’d be such a fan because I don’t like plain Twinkies very much. But, man, it was good. Just proves everything tastes better when it’s deep-fried!

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