Jun 24 2011
If you thought that fried Oreos or fried Twinkies were a bit over the top even for food at summertime fairs where excess seems to be the rule, read this article: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-06-23-fried-kool-aid_n.htm
It seems that throwing any type of food - or even beverage (deep-fried Kool-Aid has made its debut) - into the deep-fryer is the perfect recipe for culinary success at the fair. Some even make an attempt at being somewhat healthy by containing vegetables: hot dogs wrapped in zucchini, dipped in batter and deep-fried.
I wonder if fairs will be required to post nutrition information for all of their foods? Do you think anyone would pay attention to the fact that one deep-fried Twinkie contains 360 calories and 43% of your total daily fat allotment? Or that ONE deep-fried Oreo cookie has 130 calories and 9 grams of fat?
As a child, I always looked forward to going to the county fair. We would walk all day, looking at the rabbits, sheep, and cows the 4-H kids worked so hard to raise and show. The carnival rides were a favorite treat, and we always tried our luck at the various games. Eating was a minor part of the whole experience, and we counted ourselves lucky if we were treated to cotton candy. After going on all the rides, our stomachs were too queasy for anything else!
I wonder what kinds of exotic food choices folks at the fair could invent without using a deep-fryer?