The deep-fried Mars bar was invented by John Davie, 39, of Scotland. Davie was 15 years old when he dared his friend Brian McDonald to eat the deep-fried candy bar at The Haven — now The Carron Fish Bar — in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
But 23 years later, Davie has a confession: He would never eat a deep-fried Mars bar. He told The Daily Record, “I’ve never eaten one and never will. I don’t like chocolate.”
Davie created the 1,200-calorie candy bar because he wanted to make his friend eat something disgusting. Mars bars, which have a caramel and nougat center, were introduced in 1932. “It’s amazing to think that what we did one day when we were 15 has become something Scotland is known for around the world,” Davie said.
The Carron Fish Bar still boasts being the birthplace of the deep-fried Mars bar. The restaurant sells about 150 deep-fried bars a day — but it looks like Davie will never be one of those customers. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Davie said to The Daily Record, “Cardio surgeons everywhere will be trying to hunt me down. The irony of it all is that I don’t even like chocolate.”