The trick to good hush puppies: Scoop the batter out with a spoon but DO NOT form them into a ball!! Just dump the batter in the way it falls off the spoon(may need to facilitate the fall with a finger). That way you will have nice, crispy little edges. Fry a little, turn them over and let them finish cooking. YUM!!
The secret ingredient: Butter milk
Buttermilk is a secret incredient? I thought it was compulsory.