Summer is upon us, which means state and county fairs are popping up all across the country promising good times, thrilling rides, great music and, of course, over-the-top food concoctions. We’re counting down our choices for the top 10 most eerizarre fair food creations we’ve heard of (so far). From the borderline genius to the downright bizarre, how many of these gastronomic experiments have you tried?
10. Kool-Aid Pickles
If you like sweet and sour, this might be the dish for you. We’re not too sure what the appeal is here, but if someone offered us one would we be above trying it? Probably not. Kool-Aid Pickles are impossibly easy to make and are gaining popularity outside of state fairs, even making their way into convenience stores in some states.
9. Deep Fried Beer
Fritos, frozen margaritas, fajitas…deep-fried beer? Texas has given us many tasty inventions over the years and deep-fried beer can now be added to the list. It is created by filling ravioli-shaped pretzel-like dough with beer that is then deep-fried for 20 seconds. The inventor, Mark Zable, says, “It tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer.”
8. Fried Ice Cream Cheeseburger
For those that are tired of the social norm that says you have to take a bite of cheeseburger and a sip of milkshake in separate mouthfuls will be happy to learn that you can now enjoy both tastes in the same bite. This popular and bizarre burger comes from the Florida State Fair and caused quite a sensation when it first appeared. Not only does it combine a cheeseburger with all the toppings but adds a scoop of fried ice cream battered in cinnamon and corn flakes. Um…yum?
7. Chicken Fried Bacon
Texas has done it again. This creation has since made its way across the U.S. to great applause. Many health experts are less than thrilled with this incredibly fatty dish but fairgoers have been very generous with their reviews, even going so far as to say, “the moment when the crackle of the crust gives way to the fatty, salty taste of the pork is truly transcendent.”
6. Pulled Pork Parfait
Genius or totally bizarre? We can say one thing, it’s definitely an interesting way to eat your leftovers. The main ingredients in this dish are pulled pork layered between mashed potatoes. Variations of it have included cheese, barbecue sauce, bacon and chives. What would you put on your meaty/potatoey cup of goodness?
5. Deep Fried Sugar Cubes
What will they think to deep fry next? These sugary ‘delicacies’ take a traditional sugar cube, dip it in chocolate or vanilla batter (or both), deep fry it and drizzle the outcome with chocolate, caramel or fruit sauces. Our arteries are sighing with disgust but our taste buds are pretty curious….
4. Fried Picnic on a Stick
Why pack a picnic basket when you can put your picnic on a stick? This meal consists of alternating fried chicken, tater tots and pickles on a skewer which is then deep-fried. Call us old-fashioned, but we still prefer the traditional potato salad and sandwiches at our picnics.
3. Chocolate Covered Corn Dog
What goes great with chocolate? Corn dogs apparently. Now you can have dessert and dinner in one meal. Dinnert anyone?
2. Buffalo Crunch Donut
The Canadian fast food chain Tim Horton’s has come up with this strange mixing of flavors. The Buffalo Crunch Donut premiered at the New York State Fair and consists of a pull-apart donut that’s dunked in Buffalo sauce and covered in crushed tortilla chips. This brings up the question: “What beverage does this pair better with-milk or beer?”
1. Deep Fried Butter
We will never stop scratching our heads over this one. And, surprise, surprise, it premiered at the Texas State Fair. One hundred percent pure butter is whipped until light and fluffy, stored in the freezer and then encased in dough, where it is then put in the deep fryer. For the more adventurous, there are even different flavors; garlic, grape or cherry. According to its creator, “It’s like a mix between a biscuit or a croissant that is just stuffed to the gills with butter on the inside.” We’re almost scared to see what Texas will give us next.