For the self-proclaimed "mad scientists" of the Orange County Fair, their latest creation drew many interested, if not wary, visitors eager to try their latest concoction: the deep-fried Kool-Aid.
Chicken Charlie's has been a fairgrounds staple for the past 14 years, and is a family operation — employing Charlie, his brother Tony, Charlie's wife Dawn, who is seven months pregnant, and Jerald Smith, who is Charlie's "brother from another mother."
Among the only-at-the-fair foods Charlie's is cooking (or frying) up include Totally Fried! avocados, veggies, frog legs, Oreos, Thin Mints and Twinkies. Oh, then there's the Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich, consisting of a chicken patty between two doughnuts with honey. The fried BBQ ribs is one of the new additions, consisting of fried baby back ribs.
The real draw for many patrons, however, is their latest creation, the deep-fried Kool-Aid.
How do they capture Kool-Aid into a solid fried ball?