Clint Yoder, Little Richard's Concessions
By Eleanor La Prade
Delaware State News
July 21, 2013
HARRINGTON — When Hostess Brands sank under bankruptcy last year, Sandy Higman was worried: no more deep-fried Twinkies.
Serendipitously, the cream-filled sponge cakes returned to shelves July 15 — just in time for the Delaware State Fair.
When she heard the news, Ms. Higman, who owns Little Richards restaurant in Dover, ordered 2600 Twinkies and took out an ad in the paper.
Sure, people mostly visit Little Richards at the fair for funnel cakes and sausage sandwiches.
And between the business’s three lemonade stands, workers probably squeeze through 20 cases of lemons a day.
But Ms. Higman said that it is “the adventurer, the true fair-goer” who buys the fried Twinkie.
“They’re definitely a good seller for us. We have them on the corners, we feature them — we feature those and the fried Oreos,” she said.
Ms. Higman has been working at the fair since she was a little girl. Every year, she hears friends debate the purchase when they approach her stand.
“There’s always those who have to be the brave one out of the group and try the other thing,” she said Friday afternoon, when she was manning a lemonade booth.
“Don’t be a follower, be a trendsetter,” she advised.
The fried Twinkie is dipped in a mix similar to Funnel-cake batter, deep-fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served on a stick with pie-filling on top.
It’s close to hot strawberry shortcake, said Clint Yoder, who was working nearby smoking turkey legs.
“Fried Oreo is kind of like a chocolate cake, but different because it’s fried,” he noted.
The treat, served with powdered sugar and chocolate frosting, is crisp on the outside with a gooey, melted cookie on the inside.
“We sell a lot of them. People come up, they say ‘Oh, I never had one, it sounds so gross,’ and then they get it and they say ‘Oh, it’s the best thing I’ve ever had,’” he said.