I have just returned from a whirlwind tour of London, southern Ireland and northern Scotland and jetlag, as it turns out, is great for blogging.
I tried many of the local delicacies whilst I was away: haggis, black pudding, Guinness and single malt whiskys to name but a few.
Being a firm believer of not knocking it until having a least tried it, I could not go past the Deep Fried Mars Bars! Simultaneously repelled and curious, I was quick to put up my hand when our guide made the offer of buying some.
Apparently this fried beastie was born in Stonehaven in Scotland. A chilled Mars Bar is dipped in batter - the same kind used for the fish, sausages and pizzas (that's a whole other Scottish thing) - and then thrown in the deep fryer. The result is a surprisingly still-robust chocolate, covered in crispy batter and oozing caramel in the middle.
So, so, so naughty and so, so, so good!
You have to promise to try one if you ever get the chance and then make up your mind. If you do in fact like it then you must also promise to only ever eat half of one a year.
Bondi Surf Seafood serve up their version in a coconut batter and Nigella (of course) does versions with a Bounty and Cadbury Cream Eggs.
Be very careful of the hot oil if you're making them at home.