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Going to Boone County Fair, a beloved CoMo tradition that features the best of the Midwest, wouldn’t be an appropriate adventure without the food. In fact, no county or state fair would. I’d probably eat funnel cake out of a shoe if it were hot and sugary enough (the funnel cake, not the shoe), and then I’d wash it all down with some old-fashioned lemonade. But out there lurks some of the most bizarre carnie foods you can imagine. Although you’d be hard-pressed to find any of these delicacies here in CoMo, maybe this list will get you in the spirit to appreciate some classic fair fare anyway.
5. Tornado potato. This dish migrated to the U.S. from Korea, and I’d probably give myself a whiplash trying to eat its circular glory. Traditional potato chips are made by slicing up potatoes very thinly and then baking (or frying) them up. The tornado potato, however, represents the best of both worlds: the crispy-can’t-stop-stuffing-your-face aspect of the chip mixed with the soft reminder that you’re trying to get your daily vegetable intake. My only question is how eaters get the ketchup on there.
4. Deep fried Coca-Cola. For when you can’t decide if you’d rather have something fried on a stick or a soda pop.
3. Pizza in a cone. Another one for indecisive folks. There are a lot of pizza-eating options out there (such as pockets, mini-pizzas, calzones), but none will amp up your cred as much as eating some cheese and sauce out of a dough cone.
2. Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich. If I were feeling particularly healthy on a given county or state fair day, I might obliterate that feeling by stuffing one of these into my face. This features a fried chicken patty topped with gooey Swiss cheese inside a sliced Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut. Some fairs serve this with Smucker’s honey sauce on the side.
1. Deep fried Kool-Aid balls. I wish I were joking about this but, yes, they do exist. According to the Daily Mail, a man named Charlie Boghosian created these tiny diabetes bombs at the San Diego fair last April. Gawker reported he also deep fries Klondike bars and Thin Mints, but the Kool-Aid balls are by far the most unique. Ohhh, yeahhh.
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