Special Report

The Strangest Fair Foods Ever

Source: Courtesy of Gangy J. via Yelp

Deep-fried bubblegum
> State Fair of Texas

In case you’re wondering how you’d eat bubblegum, deep fried or not, the answer is that you don’t. This isn’t actually bubble gum. It’s a marshmallow dipped in bubblegum-flavored extract, coated in bubblegum-flavored dough, deep fried, and then topped with blue icing and chiclets.

Source: Collin Harvey from Grand Prairie, Texas, USA/Wikimedia Commons

Deep-fried butter
> The Big E (multi-state New England fair)

This is another slightly misleading item. Of course, a stick of butter, battered and plunged into bubbling oil, would melt (or explode), so this is actually a ball of buttery dough with a little lake of butter inside, ready to dribble all over the eater’s chin.

Source: Courtesy of Jucy M. via Yelp

Deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick
> State Fair of Texas

The solid ingredients in this soup (chicken, noodles) are compressed, shaped into balls, breaded, and fried. Then they’re impaled on skewers and perforated with small holes into which the broth is piped.