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Five Weird County Fair Foods to Try This Summer

June 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year, county and state fair season. While some go to see the has-been musical acts or to get their thrills on creaky old rides, the reason most people go is to gorge on fried fair food. We rounded up some of the weirdest fare that you will only find at a fair this year.

· Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls
The San Diego County Fair debuted these treats this year and they are selling like hotcakes. The balls of batter are made of flour, water and the fruity drink powder. A friend who tried them told us, "I could kind of taste the grittiness, which was not so appealing. If you like strawberry-flavored doughnut holes then I'd say it's worth the $6. Fried pickles were way better though." Get them through July 4.

· Deep-Fried Butter
These heart-attack balls can be found at the Wisconsin State Fair along with a number of other fair spots. Balls of butter are dipped in batter and deep fried to make goodies that supposedly taste like buttered hot buns. Get your cholesterol shock from August 4 to 14.

· Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick
The Minnesota State Fair put this traditional Italian staple on stick last year. Meat and noodles are mashed, covered in a garlicky batter and deep fried like a casserole on a stick. This year, the fair will offer breakfast lollipops (deep-fried sausage patties with maple syrup dipping sauce) and chocolate-dipped jalapeno peppers on a stick. Try the food August 25 to September 5.

· Fried Beer
The Texas State Fair offers a slew of fried finds. Last year, it unveiled fried beer, Guinness-filled squares that look like ravioli. Though, it also offers fried Frito pie, deep-fried lattes, deep-fried peaches and cream and fried Coke. Pig out September 30 to October 23.

· Deep-Fried Cookie Dough
You've had deep-fried Oreos, but have you tried deep-fried cookie dough? The North Carolina State Fair, which runs October 13 to 23, offers the head-scratcher of a treat. If you aren't a raw cookie dough fan, you can also try deep-fried pumpkin pie or a Kool-Aid pickle, where the dills sit in a mixture of the sour pickle juice stirred with the sweet powder mix.

[Photo: Jonathan Horn/SignOnSanDiego.com]

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