Strange, Deep Fried Food From The Fair
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article on the strange foods that people deep fry at state fairs across the country. (The article can be found here: They'll Deep Fry Anything!) Well, those of you looking to clog those arteries, they are back at it again this summer with a whole new line up of grease-laden goodies to take you that one step closer to death in a vat of boiling fat! Here are our favorite choices for this year's deep fried food from the fair!
The state of Texas is most notorious for deep frying just about anything. They were the people who brought you deep-fried butter! Now, they take a classic cold-day meal of grilled cheese and tomato soup and make it even worse for you. Imagine: Two thick slices of buttered Texas Toast, a slab of cheese, dip it in batter and dip it in boiling oil! There you have it! Serve it up with a small serving of tomato soup and a pickle and it reminds you of mom's cooking at the fair.
Not to be outdone by Texas, the Florida State Fair this year had Deep Fried Kool-Aid on its menu. Sound disgusting? I'm not sure. The Kool-Aid balls are made of flour, water and Kool-Aid, then deep fried. OK, they sound gross. Their creator, Charlie Boghosian, stated that they were a big hit in Orlando, this year. He went through through 150 pounds of Kool-Aid powder and 1,500 pounds of flour to make about 9,000 deep-fried Kool-Aid balls.
Maybe you've gone to the fair early to beat the crowds. Maybe you are staying there to keep your award-winning animal. If you're in San Diego, don't forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Since that's the case, head over to pick up a dish of deep-fried cereal to end your fast! Yes, they've taken sugar-laden cereal, dipped it in batter and you get the image of unhealthiness above (in Trix flavor).
For those of you with a discerning epicurean taste at the fair, why not try a slab of Red Velvet Cake, dipped in batter and dropped into the deep fryer? We'll even deep fry the icing. Sounds classy, doesn't it? If you are going to kill yourself, you might as well do it with some good food. Or you could just try this reddish-chocolate cake. This is what Houston was offering to fair goers this year.
'Nuff said, right? From deep in the heart of Texas, Guinness beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic. You have to be 21 years old or older to buy a five piece portion. There is no truth to the rumor that people have been pulled over for eating deep fried food and driving.