Top 10 Foods To Fry For Next Year's State Fair

Because even with garlic sauce on one side and grape topping on the other, this fried butter love affair can only last so long.
Because even with garlic sauce on one side and grape topping on the other, this fried butter love affair can only last so long.
Patrick Michels

Every year, vendors on the state fair circuit push the limits of fried excess: chicken fried bacon, deep fried peanut butter cups and, of course, this year's famous fried butter.

The farther they push, however, the more we all realize how far out those limits really are. Despite years of experimentation with guacamole and Snickers bars, there's a universe of yet-to-be-fried foods waiting to be discovered.

Walking around this year's fair, we saw no fried green tea acai ice cream, no batter-crusted Tootsie Pops or Weight Watchers snacks. No one even dares fry up some sushi.

Still, we think it's possible to find the limit, both of excess and taste--if we deep fry the right foods:

10. Chewing Gum
OK, so it's not really food--but there are a lot of possibilities here. For example, fry cooks could dip fruit flavored gum into beignet batter or a pair an herbal dough with Wrigley's spearmint so you could freshen their breath while you eat. And the flavor lasts a long, long time.


9. Pop Rocks
Frankly, we're surprised no one has thought of this one before. Take a handful of the explosive candy and roll it in batter. The result? A crunch that fights back.

8. Frozen Yogurt
Not the most exciting concept, we know. Nor is it the most original, considering that fried ice cream has been around for awhile. But given the overabundance of fro-yo joints popping up around Dallas at the moment (hoping to take advantage of whatever craze is in progress), by this time next year there should be plenty of unsold tubs of yogurt available--cheap.

7. Refried beans
They already serve deep fried guacamole at some stands, right? So why not go one step further? No one eats refried beans in their natural side dish state. Rolled in dough and fried once more, however, they will likely catch on...especially if someone calls them "threefried beans."



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