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Best fried Fair foods of 2009

Deep fried butter

State and county fairs are known for being a haven of unhealthy but tasty foods. I don’t know fo sure how the tradition got started, but local vendors were definitely quick to pick up on the fact that fair-goers were looking to indulge while they were out. Fair food moved from corndogs and funnel cake, to deep fried Twinkies and deep fried Snickers bars. And the trend presses on. Now fair vendors set out to outdo each other with the craziest deep fried foods you can imagine. Deep fried cookie dough seemed “out there” when it hit the fair scene, this year Deep Fried Butter (above) debuting at the Texas State Fair, takes home the “most creative” title. The butter is flavored with things like garlic or strawberries, dipped in batter and fried. “It’s like a mix between a biscuit or a croissant that is just stuffed to the gills with butter on the inside,” says the creator.

The “best tasting” award at the Texas State Fair goes to Fried Peaches and Cream and other offerings include deep-fried pizza, deep fried chili and deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches. Speaking of cheese, Deep Friend Macaroni and Cheese a big hit in Wisconsin. The fair version is very similar to that served in many upscale restaurants, except that it’s served on a stick to make eating easier. The Minnesota State Fair offers bacon on a stick (although I’m not entirely sure it’s deep fried, as opposed to fried in a skillet) and spaghetti and meatballs on a stick.

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  • Krissy
    September 8, 2009

    The Canadian National Exhibition is also a haven for delicious, heart-stopping (literally, sometimes) foods. On the menu this year was chocolate covered bacon and a plethora of foods on a stick.

    I must say though, deep fried… butter? That’s pretty insane. I’ve heard of deep fried pizza and mars bars though. Not yet tried one, but a deep friend mars bars is definitely on the bucket list (perhaps the last thing on the bucket list. 😉 ).

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  • chlo
    September 8, 2009

    Chocolate-dipped bacon (on the requisite stick) also swept the Wisconsin State Fair by storm this summer! I was out of town for the fair, but everyone was talking about it.

  • Ashley
    September 8, 2009

    Holy deep fried butter. That is one thing I never would have thought of deep frying!

  • victorcrums
    September 8, 2009

    Wow that looks so delicious… Can any one share the recipe to create that bread, I like to change the filling with blueberry…

  • StuffCooksWant
    September 9, 2009

    I live in Texas and that Deep Fried Butter has been the talk all over town, and the State Fair doesn’t even open until Sept 25. What will the creative minds think to deep fry next. I AM gonna try the Deep Fried Peaches and Cream…

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    September 9, 2009

    Oh I love fair food!

  • JanH
    September 9, 2009

    Another entrant in the ‘on-a-stick’ food craze at the Wisconsin State Fair came from the same chef who created the chocolate covered (frozen) bacon on-a-stick. He also served PB&J sandwiches, dipped in pancake batter and deep fried–of course, on-a-stick! I was not brave enough to try either the bacon of the PB&J, but folks who did said they were delicious.

  • Matt
    September 11, 2009

    The problem with all of these foods is that people don’t know how to enjoy them in moderation. I’m down for a little fried food every now and then but it’s not a staple in my diet.

  • jonnjenkind
    September 29, 2009

    7544FI I want to say – thank you for this!

  • cash same day
    May 20, 2010

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    I like your points of view. Thanks for sharing.

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