Deep Fried Everything: Finding the Craziest Fair Food
|The epicenter of fair eats has a delighful view of the ferris wheel.|
The Arizona State Fair always seems to attract some rather eccentric food vendors. There are a few running themes in fair fare this year, though. First, if you can batter something like a corn dog, it can be deep-fried and subsequently sold at a booth. Second, food is better sold with qualifiers like jumbo, super, or brick. (That's right, a brick of cheese fries.) Third, bugs are food. So many of the treats are so unique they deserve a little recognition.
First stop on the fair food train is caramel apples. We took ours covered in marshmallows and didn't regret it.
|A crisp green apple covered in ooey gooey caramel and 'mallows.|
Not strange enough for you? Well, that's why we tried a reindeer corn dog with all the amenities. The reindeer meat was hearty and flavorful, but a bit gamey. Maybe because it was cut with beef and pork.
|The reindeer dog before we slathered it in ketchup and mustard.|
|The deep fried pickle is so wrong, but it feels so right.|
Deep-fried dessert brings too many choices. There are Twinkies, moon pies, cheese cake, tiramisu, brownies, cookie dough, and a lot more. We decided to get the Oreos. They're delicious, but we're pretty glad they only come once a year.
|The oreos are not only covered in fried batter, but also powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Yes, please.|
Perhaps the grail of all fair food comes in a tiny condiment cup. It's small, but it costs $4. We thought the chocolate-covered scorpion was just too odd to pass up. Fortunately, we had our trusty fair food companion there to sample it. He said it tastes like Malibu rum with a distinct chemical after taste. Lucky the little fellas are bred without stingers.
|It was pretty crunchy, about what you'd expect from eating a bug.|
Certainly this isn't all there was to eat at the fair. For less adventurous, there were hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, and the obligatory funnel cake. There were also a lot of freshly grilled meats and roasted corn. There's nothing wrong with taking the safe route.
|It smelled as good as it looks, we promise.|