Wednesday, July 30, 2014

20 Crazy State Fair Foods You are Afraid to Eat but Secretly Want To

The Ohio State Fair opened and you know what that means – insane amounts of sugar coated double deep fried , cooked in a sheep's bladder, insane thing on a stick food!



Wait a sec. Scratch the cooked in a sheep’s bladder part. That’s haggis at the Celtic Festival.

Never mind.

This mild mannered reporter disguised at Clark Kent your average Ohio State Fair visitor, braved the crowd and searched high and low for the wackiest state fair food I could find for this edition of our family’s favorite game: I Dare You To Eat That!


This was most fun round of IDYTET we played because once other fair patrons saw me taking photos of the insane fair food offerings they offered suggestions and directions to more crazy stuff than I thought was already served at the Ohio State Fair.

Grab your Lipitor - we’re going in!

On the completely unofficial visitor’s poll (AKA the people standing next to me while I took the picture) the Roast Beef Sundae is a clever way to repackage roast beef, potatoes and gravy as a sundae complete with chive sprinkles and a cherry tomato on top. This is the one everyone said they wouldn't mind eating.

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You can try this one at home on April Fool’s Day.


If the main dish sundae is too normal for you, there’s the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Hamburger.


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We don’t need no stinkin’ hamburger buns. We have doughnuts!

You can’t go anywhere in Ohio without being offered the candy version of our state nut the Buckeye. We make a candy version because eating a real buckeye nut is poisonous. When our state pride and deep fat frying powers combine, we unleash the Deep Fried Buckeye unto the world.


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If you don’t want to eat dessert first, you can jack your cholesterol with a main course of a deep fried grilled cheese or a deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

What? You don’t like chocolate in your peanut butter and peanut butter in your chocolate? What’s wrong with you?!

Oh, I get it. You are eyeing the giant deep fried gummy bear instead. I’d be careful, deep fried gummy bear looks like he is into cheesecake photos.

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Photos of deep fried cheesecake that is.

You say you want a side of diabetes with your angioplasty? You’re in luck! Check out:

  • Deep fried Twinkies

  • Deep fried Oreos - Husband says it is an explosion of sugar and grease and your mouth

  • Deep fried Pop Tarts

  • Deep fried s’mores - Tempting! If not for my dairy allergy...

  • Deep fried Snickers Bars

  • Deep fried Milky Way Bars

  • Deep fried Three Musketeers Bars


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I felt my blood sugar spike every time I walked past the booth.


Let’s take a break from the desserts for a little protein – hard boiled egg on a stick!

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This one I actually ate. The Ohio Egg Council serves it at their booth. 
 It tastes like a hard boiled egg. On a stick.

I am a funnel cake fan. In past years, I enjoyed a whole wheat funnel cake at the Fair (which negated any semblance of better for me junk food by ordering it smothered in apple pie filling. 80/20 Healthy Eating Rule, remember?)

I  was severely tempted by these rich funnel cake confections:

  • Gourmet Red Velvet Funnel Cake

  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake

  • Turtle Brownie Funnel Cake - quite possibly the best of all possible worlds: brownie, funnel cake, and sugar coma rolled into one

  • Strawberry Shortcake Funnel Cake

  • Pecan Praline Funnel Cake.

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I’ll take one of everything and on my next dentist appointment my doctor will inform me I helped him pay for that private island he’s had his eye on.

Have you tried any insane fair food? What was it? Did you like it? Or does the thought scare you?