Braving the deep-fried candy bar at Capital Q

deep-fried candy bar

Dark magic of the fryalator arts: a deep-fried Snickers.

Deep Fried Candy Bars, if Elvis were alive, he'd be eating one.  Ask about one today!It was the sign inside the Capital Q Smokehouse that caught us: "Deep Fried Candy Bars, if Elvis were alive, he'd be eating one. Ask about one today!" How do you pass that up? The answer is: you can't. So we took the plunge and ordered a Snickers. A deep-fried Snickers.

But how is this possible? What sort of dark magic of the fryalator arts must be employed to fry something that pretty much starts to melt the second you touch it with your fingers? Simple: you chill it. That's right, the candy bars at Capital Q are breaded in extra-fine panko, impaled on a stick and then frozen. When it's showtime, they go straight from the freezer into the fryer. A few minutes later, you have a deep-fried candy bar -- golden on the outside, still firm in the middle.

And the taste is... interesting. We thought it'd feel like injecting trans-fat straight into our arteries, but in fact the texture is actually kind of light. Of course, "light" is a relative term here. After about three bites, we'd had enough of the overwhelming, almost cloying, richness. It just feels caloric in your mouth -- like someone's ringing an alarm that sounds in your pancreas. But it's not bad. It's just... a lot.

deep-fried Snickers after a few bites

So, would we eat one again? Maybe. The Capital Q folks tell us they're still tweaking the process. We'd suggest that the candy bars need one more note, something to pick up all that fat and sugar. Something spicy might be good.

The Bottom Line

The barbecue at Capital Q is certainly tasty. And the deep-fried candy bars? They're, um, an experience. You should try one. But bring a friend so you can share -- and discuss.

Find It

Capital Q Smokehouse
329 Ontario St
Albany, NY 12208


phone: 438-7675


Now, I'm hungry! Does my new dentist need to know?

Deep fried...well, everything has been big over in Scotland for years.....the grandaddy of them all is the deep-fried Mars Bar, but they deep-fry Twinkies and Cadbury Creme Eggs (shudder) among other confections...

They use more of a tempura-style batter vs. breadcrumbs; same batter they use for the fish and chips (dear god, is it the same oil? --double shudder)

.. They use more of a tempura-style batter vs. breadcrumbs; same batter they use for the fish and chips (dear god, is it the same oil? --double shudder)

Eeek! Fish-flavored Snickers!

When we were at Capital Q, they mentioned that they had planned to deep fry some Twinkies, but the snacks kept disappearing before they could be prepped!

My arteries shivered just looking at that. I feel like that has the same effect as taking whiskey from a syringe and putting it directly into your blood stream. That might be over-exaggerated but still...

I've been praying for a good inexpensive barbecue place that delivers, and I saw this today and so checked them out. I skipped the fried Snickers and went straight to the BBQ smoked chicken and a big dollop of mac and cheese. Texans might say, "this is a taste so good it makes you wanna go out and slap your mammy!" But the pickle was my favorite. Like, WOW!

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