If you thought there wasn’t anything more insane than Fried Butter, then you clearly haven’t been to a state fair lately. As the below list demonstrates, there’s really nothing people will not deep fry. And equally, there’s also nothing people will not buy and sadly, also try. Now, let’s start our countdown to the most insane fair foods of all…
7. Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe
Recognize the bun on top? No? Well, that’s because this gourmet specialty at the Orange County Fair is not topped with your everyday boring hamburger bun, oh no, this sloppy joe has been jacked up and sandwiched between the two halves of a Krispy Kreme donut. Presumably so you can eat your main course and dessert at the same time. Or harden your arteries and go into diabetic shock simultaneously.
To show you the versatility of this dish, the below picture demonstrates how like those New Yorkers at the State Fair in Syracuse, you can substitute a cheeseburger between the donut halves. And if you’re a real man, throw some bacon on top and sandwich your burger between two whole donuts instead of cutting one in half.
6. Fried Pickles ‘n’ Chocolate
Courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair, this delicacy garnered positive reviews, “tasting mostly like batter and chocolate without the pickle taste.” Which begs the question why is the pickle even necessary?
5. Fried Beer
If you have a smidgen of common sense, the first question that should pop in your head is “How can you deep fry a liquid?” The second…”Is beer amazing or what?” This winner of the 2010 Most Creative Award at the State Fair of Texas is basically a deep-fried ravioli made from a salty, pretzel-like dough filled with beer. The awesomeness comes from the fact that since the ravioli is only submerged in oil for about 20 seconds, it’s still alcoholic so you have to be of drinking age to even buy it. The creator claims the mixture of the hot dough and beer provides a tasty sensation. And this product is trademarked so you know it’s true.
4. Deep Fried Bubble Gum
What is it about those Texans? Damn, they’re talented. At least when it comes to innovative ideas about what to deep fry. These puffy pink bubblegum flavored marshmallows were dipped in a bubblegum flavored batter and deep fried on a stick then drizzled with an unnatural blue bubblegum flavored frosting. Served accented with scattered bubblegum bits, the confection is said to have an extraordinarily bubblegum fragrance. A dental delight.
3. Chicken Fried Bacon
They say everything goes with bacon. Or is it bacon makes everything better? Well, whatever they say, like butter, bacon too can be smothered in batter and deep fried into a fine fair food. If you think this gastronomic head-scratcher is only available on the mainland, (basically Texas) then you’re wrong! Also offered at The Maui County Fair, this Elvis inspired delight can even be served with drizzled caramel sauce on top.
2. Python, Frog and Alligator Kabobs
Word was that gourmand Californians visiting the California Exposition & State Fair in Sacramento wanted more interesting fair foods so one enterprising vendor changed his menu from boring chicken to foods that "taste like chicken." Grilled python frog and alligator kebabs seasoned with Old Bay seasoning mix, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke are now the new chicken. A very chewy, swampy chicken.
1. Proving that people will deep fry anything….
Just kidding. At least for now. Below is our real #1 insane fair food.
Ok, Ok, this is here purely for shock value. However, deep fried chicken heads are sold in Thailand and if they had state fairs, they probably would be sold there too.
1. Mealworm Covered Caramel Apples
Well, this pretty much answers how you make a caramel apple nutritious. This culinary delight was offered at the Arizona Exposition and State Fair in Phoenix. Don’t let the picture fool you, apparently, these insects (yes, they are insects) are chock full of proteins and other essential nutrients. So for those of you who are oppose to taking vitamin pills, here’s a sweet alternative.