Every year, state fairs across the nation present attendees with hundreds of food tents with hundreds of options, most of which are fried and on a stick.
Since calorie count is no object and only the guiltiest of pleasures are considered as ingredients, the food selection is often ridiculously delicious for Americans craving the junkiest of junk food.
Over the years, venders have also learned they can deep fry anything and we'll eat it. That doesn't help Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign much, but it did lead to this years controversial staple at the Iowa State Fair, deep fried butter on a stick! Yum?
10. Chocolate Covered Corn Dog — The Orange County State Fair:
Don't waste your time with strawberries! Grab a deep fried hot dog, dip it in chocolate and don't forget to compliment it with rainbow sprinkles!
9. Deep Fried Kool-Aid — San Diego County Fair:
We can't explain it any better than the name does, but it looks like this.
8. Deep Fried Butter On A Stick — Iowa State Fair:
Apparently this fair wasn't the first to do it, but it was the first we've ever heard of it. It's a stick of butter, stuck with a stick, dipped in batter, then deep fried for three minutes. Don't forget to garnish it with a sweet glaze.
7. Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack — Texas State Fair:
It's a chicken strip coated in pancake batter and jalapeno bread crumbs, then deep fried to perfection before being served on a stick. We think the next logical evolution in deep fried foods on sticks is to include edible deep fried sticks!
6. Red Velvet Funnel Cake — Florida State Fair:
Red velvet cupcakes are a delicious treat, so naturally we bet red velvet funnel cakes are too! As long as they don't skip out on the cream cheese icing, we'd actually give this a try! It doesn't have a stick though. Bummer! Maybe on the side?
5. El Bananarito — Texas State Fair:
Translates to "roll a banana in a flour tortilla, deep fry the whole thing, then top it with whipped cream, powdered sugar, and chocolate sauce."
4. Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Poppers — Minnesota State Fair:
Deep fried jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese…then dipped in chocolate? Genius! We're willing to bet these will be coated with a layer of peanuts by 2012.
3. Deep Fried Salsa — Texas State Fair:
These bad boys are described as "jalapenos, roasted garlic, onion, tomato, and pepper rolled together, dipped in masa, covered in crumbled tortilla chips, and fried, with queso dip on the side."
2. Breakfast Lollipop –- Minnesota State Fair:
It's kinda like a McGriddle with a stick. To be honored as a "breakfast lollipop", a sausage patty must first be dipped in corn muffin batter, deep fried, then covered in maple syrup.
1. Fried Ice Cream Burger — Florida State Fair:
Yes, it's that big nasty burger pictured above that made you read this post to begin with. A mouth watering bacon cheeseburger with the works, which includes a scoop of cornflake-battered, deep fried ice cream.