Friday Open Thread: Fair Food — Delicious or Disgusting?

by Karen Miner

Ahhh, summer. The season synonymous with outdoor events which is synonymous with ALL the delicious food (and by delicious food I mean deep-fried everything, of course). Whether it's your annual county fair, the local art and wine fest, or a concert series in the park, there is plenty of opportunity to eat just about anything in fried form.

Now, some people might say that there is no need to turn a perfectly fine snack like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or guacamole into a deep-fried treat, but I beg to differ. The rules of the universe actually state that any edible item, whether food, drink, or condiment (I'm looking at you with your butter, Paula Deen) tastes better deep-fried. 

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I'm not advocating that anyone makes this their normal diet, but stick with me here...

Exhibit A: You might be thinking to yourself: "Pizza is so great on its own, I can't imagine a way to make it better." Well, look no further. 


Exhibit B: Same goes for cookie dough. Don't turn that shit into baked cookies — turn it into a heavenly deep-fried gooey treat.


The list goes on. There's deep-fried PB&J sandwiches (obviously better than the original soggy white bread version), deep-fried Cap'n Crunch (takes care of the rip-the-roof-of-your-mouth-to-shreds factor), and even deep-fried tequila balls (I mean, c'mon, it's deep-fried booze... does it really get any better?).

Obviously, I'm a fan... the more ridiculous, the better. So what do you all think? Does fair food take things too far, or is a perfect way to celebrate summer? What's your favorite deep-fried concoction?