Deep-fried Twinkies? How 2007. At the 2014 Maryland State Fair, you can get deep-fried Berger cookies… or deep-fried cream cheese larva balls. Yes, larva as in edible worms. “By the time you’re 30, you’ve already eaten 20 bugs in your sleep anyway,” Brian Shenkman, the dish’s creator, told Baltimore Magazine. Hmmm.
Hearing about the deep-fried cream cheese worm balls put me in an odd position. I really, really wanted to know what they tasted like, but I also really, really didn’t want to eat them. Lucky for me, Baltimore Fishbowl correspondent Justin Getka is a man of adventurous tastes. He went to the fair last night, ate the worms, and lived to tell the tale. This is his report: