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By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 23, 2011, 7:49 a.m.
close-up of fried Kool-Aid

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Deep-fried Kool-Aid

Where: San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Calif.

If you thought the man responsible for introducing the world to gastronomic grotesqueries such as deep-fried Klondike bars and the zucchini-weenie had topped himself with a nauseating little invention called the Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich, think again. Carnie cook extraordinaire "Chicken" Charlie Boghosian revealed his latest artery-hardening item, nuggets of deep-fried Kool-Aid, at this year’s San Diego County Fair, an event that, thanks to Boghosian, has become ground zero for diet-busting fair fare. To prepare these highly caloric orbs of sugary goodness (or grossness?), Boghosian tosses ice cream scoop-sized balls of batter (water, flour, cherry Kool-Aid powder) into a deep fryer before rolling them in a tray of powdered sugar and Kool-Aid mix. And there you have it, folks … the world's greasiest sugar coma.