Do you ever wonder how people think up these things?? The current issue of Food & Wine Magazine has a list of America’s Wacky Fair Foods.
One of the featured fairs is the Arkansas State Fair with its Deep-Fried Egg on a Stick. The description reads: “While other fairs fry liquids and supersize burgers, the Arkansas State Fair exalts the simple hard-boiled egg with a dunk in batter and oil and a selection of dipping sauces, like jalapeño-ranch and sweet-and-sour.” Arkansas also gets a mention on Idaho’s fried pickle on a stick since fried pickles were created in Atkins in 1963.
Others on the list are chocolate-covered bacon on a stick (Ohio), deep-fried mashed potatoes on a stick (Oklahoma), Octo-Dog (Iowa), chicken-fried bacon, (Hawaii), Kool-Aid pickles (North Carolina), hot beef sundae (Indiana), mealworm-covered caramel apples (Arizona), cheeseburger with fried ice cream (Florida), fried beer (Texas), fried butter balls (Montana), deep-fried White Castle burgers, python kebabs, chocolate-covered scorpions (California), pickle pop (Kansas), fried jelly beans
(Massachusetts), Irish stew on a stick (Wisconsin), alligator on a stick (Illinois), kangaroo spiedies, reindeer sausage (Alaska), roadkill (Oregon), spaghetti and meatballs on a stick (Minnesota), Krispy Kreme hamburgers (Alabama), and fried Pepsi (South Carolina).
How many of these are you brave enough to try?
Photo © Kat Robinson, Arkansas
Photo © Dennis and Cheryl Reas. Florida
Chef John, Chef du’ Jour. Arizona