September 24, 2015

15 Horrifying Fried Foods at State Fairs

Craving a heart attack? Check out the fare at your local State Fair.

If You Can Think Of It, They’ll Fry It Up!

Is that a scorpion walking by? Yes it is, and at the Arizona State Fair (October 10 – November 2, 2015) they toss it into the fryer and call it lunch. Do you know what the problem with jellybeans is? They're not bathed in a frothy tub of scrumptious fat. Problem solved at the Massachusetts State fair (September 18 – October 4).

Worldly Heart-Stoppers

For those of us who prefer ethnic fare, there’s the deep-fried Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair (August 27 – September 7). 

If Your Doctor Complains Your Cholesterol Level Is Too Low 

Because butter isn’t fattening enough, the Wisconsin State-Fair (August 6 - 1) offers Deep-Fried Butter. If you like your fat sweet, the good people at the Florida State Fair (February 4-15, 2016) will happily throw a Snickers bar into the deep fryer, too (pictured, left). If you’re not a sweets person, California’s Orange County Fair (July 17 – August 16) deep-fries White Castle Burgers—bun and all. 

Eating All This Batter Is Thirsty Work

The Texas State Fair (September 25 – October 18) offers you a choice of Deep-fried beer, deep-fried Coca-Cola, and a deep-fried latte, while the San Diego County Fair (June 5 – July 5) favors Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls.  After all, true aficionados recognize that Guinness, Coke, Starbucks, and Kool-Aid are best served as finger food. 

What’s For Dessert?

Got a pumpkin pie sitting around? Hey, that’s fryin’ food at the North Carolina State Fair (October 15-25; shown, left). At the Indiana State Fair (Aug 7 - 23), Hoosiers know that the only thing better than a Twinkie is a Twinkie fresh out of the fryer. While in Kansas (Sept. 11 – 20), meal toppers include deep-fried Jell-o and deep-fried Nutella.  

Here’s What Passes As Health Food

You may have reached the heretical conclusion that all this grease may be the stuff of Dr. Oz’s nightmares. If that’s the case, take a trip back to the Texas State Fair and dig into a Fried Club Salad. You’re mostly eating it for the bacon and chicken, but there have been sightings of lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. Deeply fried, of course.

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