I’m recovering from the deep fried orgy that was the LA County Fair. The Fair represents everything that’s great and everything that’s wrong about America at the same time. I love the fair for so many reasons, but mostly because every year, they have tons of new food products. Some good. Some scary. Most of them deep fried.
In the good column, we have the deep fried Pop Tart. It’s a strawberry Pop Tart, battered, fried and topped with strawberry syrup. Digging in, it’s hard to tell where the batter ends and the Pop Tart begins. And that's a good thing. It’s crispy and super sweet and was really freakin’ good.
In the bad column was the deep fried White Castle burger. They take a White Castle burger, batter it and fry it. And yes, it’s as bad as you think. Inside the crust, the burger turns into a disgusting mess of oozing cheese and onion that somehow manages to be both gooey and dry at the same time. Believe me, I'm not one to shy away from something fried, but this burger was an inedible abomination.
So in the name of full disclosure, here’s the list of everything I ate at the 2008 LA County Fair:
A strange Blueberry Lollipop
Deep Fried Reeses Whipps bar
Marshmallow Yammers (yam fries with marshmallow fluff topping)
BBQ Pork Sandwich
Roasted Ear of Corn
Deep Fried Pop Tart
Deep Fried White Castle Burger
Deep Fried Oreo
Deep Fried Cupcake
French Fries (served in the shape of a brick)
Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone
Brownie Ice Cream Sundae