Top 10 New Foods at the 2011 State Fairs

It’s America’s favorite meal — the state fair! Every year, the fairs across this great land compete with each other to invent bigger, badder, greasier fair food. But after Texas stepped up its game last year with deep fried beer, this thing hit a whole ‘nother level. The 2011 state and country fair foods have been more insane — and more amazing — than ever. Here are our top 10 favorite finds.

10. Chocolate Covered Corn Dog – Orange County Fair

Could there be anything more American than dipping a hot dog in batter, deep frying it and eating it off a stick? Why yes, there could be. You could cover it in chocolate and put sprinkles on top, a treat that was found at both the OC Fair and neighboring San Diego County Fair. My Burning Kitchen has more on food at the San Diego fair. (Photo: www.myburningkitchen.com)

9. Deep Fried Kool-Aid – San Diego County Fair

In another strong showing for California’s other great fair — and originator of last year’s hash brown covered hot dog, San Diego debuts what is surely the trashiest food ever conceptualized. It’s just unclear why they didn’t wrap it in bacon. (Photo: Cuttlefish)

8. Deep Fried Butter on a Stick – Iowa State Fair

Texas may have invented deep fried butter at their own fair a few years back, but Iowa thought to put it on a stick. See, America, we can do great things when we work together. Yes, this involves frying an entire stick of butter, and yes, you simply have to watch the video for full effect.

7. Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack – Texas State Fair

The first of several entries from the Lone Star state, this monstrosity is a chicken strip, coated in pancake batter and jalapeño bread crumbs, then deep fried and…you guessed it — eaten on a stick. (Photo: State Fair of Texas)

6. Red Velvet Funnel Cake – Florida State Fair

Funnel cake has fallen behind on the list of outrageous fair foods recently. After fried beer and fried Coke, plain old fried dough starts to look pale by comparison. But this year we saw funnel cake get a new southern fried twist that injects some new life into it…and probably injects all kinds of chemicals too. Why eat fried dough when you can eat red fried dough? (Photo: Bob B. Brown)

 Next: The Top 5 state fair foods

 

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10 comments

  • naomi September 14, 2011  

    Love this post It’s like Iron Chef gone wild. Really wild. Now can we please get some cocktails deep fried with out losing any proofs?

  • Liza September 15, 2011  

    I’m laughing hysterically at the deep fried Kool Aid!

  • Licia September 15, 2011  

    How in the world do you eat deep fried butter? Wouldn’t it melt? Gross.

  • Peggy September 16, 2011  

    That butter on a stick is just wild! Don’t think I could do it =)

  • lauren September 16, 2011  

    i won’t lie, the deep fried salsa sounds awesome.

  • Borracho September 16, 2011  

    At this point to truly shock us, don’t fairs have to do a 180 and offer things like fresh local fruits and veggies?

  • Just wow September 19, 2011  

    Deep fried watermelon – LA County Fair.

  • tony verdone September 26, 2011  

    the deep fried watermelon at the la county fair the best fair food ever!! cardinali woodfire pizza came up with it!

  • Silver November 17, 2012  

    Ew fried icecream burger?
    And those butter sticks ewwwwwwww
    American, you’ve gone to far.

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