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Sunday November 19, 2017

A tour of the best and worst in fair food

Come on, admit it. The best reason to attend the state fair every summer is to be once more shocked into queasiness by the abundance of fried, salted, sugared and otherwise politically incorrect food. Here's some of the best of the worst of this summer's fair fare.

 

Bacon-wrapped corn dogs. What could possibly improve this 190-calorie, 38 percent fat staple of the fair circuit? Two words: Ba-Con!

 

Deep Fried Butter on a Stick. The now-classic fair food dips an entire stick of butter, itself on a stick, into a sweet cinnamon batter, topped with a sugared glaze. Tasty, and it makes your hair shine!

Deep Fried Trix. Silly rabbit, heart attax aren't just for kids!

Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies. Whether it's caramel and coconut Samoas or mint and chocolate Thin Mints dipped in batter, deep-fried and powdered sugared, here's your chance to help commemorate the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts by pretty much ensuring you'll never see that many years yourself.

Poutine. A French-Canadian dish whose name translates loosely as "cottage-cheese gravy soup," tops a basket of french fries with hot gravy and "squeaky" curds of white cheddar.

The Doughnut Dog. Take one high-quality German-style frank, wrap it in bacon, deep fry it inside a longjohn doughnut and dip it all in maple syrup. Breakfast, lunch and dessert in one convenient dish.

Fried Bubblegum. Dip three jumbo bubblegum flavored marshmallows in a bubblegum flavored batter, deep fry, drizzle with blue bugglebum-flavored glaze and garnish with bubblegum bits. Your dentist will thank you.

Deep Fried Pickle Dawg. Quarter and slice a dill pickle, add cream cheese, wrap in ham and pastrami, batter it and deep fry. Somebody call the Dawktor!

 

 

Thank goodness the summer holiday has arrived. If you want to really celebrate the spirit of America, do it the way we do it in the country. A step by step guide to making the most of your down-home holiday. Happy Fourth of July to all!

First, swing by the general store on your way home

Swing by the general store


Next, get in a little last-minute yardwork


Get your hair done

Get your hair done


Hook up the boat

Hook up the boat


Swing by the carwash


Fill up the cooler

Fill the cooler


Don't forget your drink coozie

Don't forget your coozie


Get in a quick round of golf


Heat up the hot tub!


Be sure to put on your sun protection

Wear a hat for sun protection


Fire up the grill

Fire up the grill


No, really fire up the grill!

Really fire up the grill


And have a wonderful, safe and happy Fourth of July from your Nebraska Grocery Industry Association and Farmer Goes to Market!

Since Dakota City resident Rebekah Speight sold a McDonalds Chicken McNugget that resembled George Washington on the auction site Ebay, we're seeing a whole new potential revenue stream for grocers. Click on the link to be on the lookout for these other famous figures that have shown up in food.

(Editor's Update: We've since learned the original bidder backed out on the final bid on Speight's church fundraiser, but nevertheless we say, Dare to dream!) 

 Click here to see the gallery of famous food faces

If you find ourself growing a little bored with your summer Sundays at the lake, consider how the producers of this hidden-camera bit decided to put some good clean fun back into their day at the beach.

What ever happend to Mikey? Take this quiz if you think you know.Quiz Time: How much do you really know about all those cereals you sell?

Click on Life Cereal's famous Mikey to take the quiz.

Be sure to post your results to the comments to give your fellow grocers a benchmark to shoot for. 

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