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What's Your Favorite Fair Food?
Forget the candied apples and toss the corn dogs aside along with all the other clichéd foods-on-a-stick that first come to mind. These days, your state fair is full of new and delicious treats that, “You just gotta try!” as the food hawkers bark.
Across the country, food vendors are cranking up the heat on their deep fryers and griddles, and competing to create the ultimate satisfaction on a stick. Finally - <em>finally</em> - it is fair season: Hold your deep-fried butter torch high and proud just like Lady Liberty would if ever she was a fair-goer.
For your convenience and enjoyment, we’ve assembled a short list of the greatest and gooiest of these overwhelming indulgences – along with where you can find them.
<strong>Deep-Fried Gummy Bears (Ohio State Fair)</strong>
First, locate the massive inflatable gummy bear. Next, find your way there by avoiding all the other bear-like distractions that will undoubtedly include bear paws, chain-sawed stump bears and the enormous stuffed Yogi bears hanging everywhere. Finally, order this $6 stick of wonder and then report back to us on how amazed you are.
<strong>Wine-Glazed Deep-Fried Meatloaf (Minnesota State Fair)</strong>
Meatloaf is a delicious but traditionally humble dish. Minnesotans have taken it upon themselves to give the loaf a lift by flipping it up and tricking it out as a high-and-mighty gourmet fair-food find. Naturally, it’s too good for a plate, which is why they put it on a stick.
<strong>The Fry Dog (Minnesota State Fair)</strong>
Minnesota doubles down on diabolical decadence with the Fry Dog, a crazy deep-friend hotdog with a French-fry bun. They probably figured, what with all the delicious food we have to squeeze into one day, we wouldn’t have time to eat our deep-fried hot dogs and fries separately. So thoughtful!
<strong>Fried Butter Stick (Iowa State Fair)</strong>
Yeah, just a stick of fried butter – because why mess around with flavoring things when you can just eat the flavoring? Sure, you might have to risk getting a first-degree grease burn in your mouth, but you’ll agree it’s worth it. (NOTE: Your heart will <em>not</em> agree that it's worth it, but the Iowa State Fair is a test of wills in many ways and you should plan accordingly.)
<strong>Corn Dogs of the World (Washington State Fair)</strong>
You’ve had a corn dog, but have you had a <em>Polish sausage</em> corn dog? That sums up the theme of the Corn Dogs of the World booth that frequents many fair events in the state of Washington. Favorites include the aforementioned Polish corn dog, the Mexican jalapeno corn dog and the German bratwurst corn dog.
<strong>Deep-Fried Pizza-on-a-Stick (Wisconsin State Fair)</strong>
FINALLY!!! 'Nuff said.
We hope you have a great time finding your favorite food on a stick this fair season!