Wednesday, October 21, 2009

But something had gone quite wrong

I've written about some truly awesome/scary food concoctions on this blog in the past (e.g. the uber Super Bowl snack; the White Castle & Bacon Bake; and who can forget the Turbaconducken?), but we may have a new champion in the food insanity sweepstakes. The beauty of this new contestant is the simplicity of its genius. The other offerings referenced above were all very high (cholesterol) concept but this one cuts right down to the bare essentials.

From The Economist:

On A fine afternoon at the Texas State Fair, a ringmaster encouraged a gaggle of children to flap their arms like butterfly wings. “What could possibly go wrong on a day as beautiful as today?” he asked. But a hundred yards away, something had gone quite wrong. People were queuing for an unusual delicacy: balls of butter, dipped in dough and cooked in a vat of boiling oil. Fried butter, in other words. The balls were dusted with a thin coat of powdered sugar. When bitten, they collapsed with an unctuous squelch.

Fairs are known for their decadent snack offerings. Most are unhealthy, and some push the conceptual boundaries of food into new territory. The Los Angeles County Fair, which ended on October 4th, featured a Meat Lovers’ Ice Cream Cone (don’t ask). The Minnesota State Fair is known for its foods-on-a-stick. The Texas fair bills itself as the fried food capital of the state.

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