The Craziest Fried Fair Foods You've Ever Seen

Jul 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Homemade deep fried candy bar with powdered sugar
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Any state fair guarantees three things: avoiding eye contact with carnies, plenty of thrilling rides and deep-fried abominations passed off as adventurous fair food — food we'll absolutely try once. Any other day of the week, you would shudder at the thought of eating a deep-fried Snickers bar. But today? Nah, challenge accepted. 

But deep-fried Snickers and deep-fried Twinkies only just graze the surface of the weirdness that actually happens behind the counter of the food vendors at the fair. Every year, we see newer, stranger, more stomach-churning ideas, like chocolate-covered scorpions and deep-fried chicken noodle soup. 

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the craziest fried fair foods we could find. They’ll either make you hungry or make you cringe at the sight of them, but regardless of the reaction, you have to give it up to the chefs who conceived of and brought these wild treats to fruition. Without them, the fair just wouldn’t be the same.

1 /14: Elephant Ears

1/14 :Elephant Ears

2 /14: Deep-Fried Latte

2/14 :Deep-Fried Latte

3 /14: Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

3/14 :Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

4 /14: Deep-Fried Froot Loops

4/14 :Deep-Fried Froot Loops

5 /14: Deep-Fried Chicken Noodle Soup

5/14 :Deep-Fried Chicken Noodle Soup

6/14 :Deep-Fried Watermelon

7 /14: Deep-Fried Hot Dog Stuffed Into a Dill Pickle

7/14 :Deep-Fried Hot Dog Stuffed Into a Dill Pickle

8 /14: Deep-Fried Hot Dog Inside a Twinkie

8/14 :Deep-Fried Hot Dog Inside a Twinkie

9 /14: Deep-Fried Gummy Bears

9/14 :Deep-Fried Gummy Bears

10 /14: The Tamale Doughnut

10/14 :The Tamale Doughnut

11 /14: Fried Alligator on a Stick

11/14 :Fried Alligator on a Stick

12 /14: Deep-Fried White Castle Burgers

12/14 :Deep-Fried White Castle Burgers

13 /14: Shrimp Corn Dog

13/14 :Shrimp Corn Dog

14 /14: Deep-Fried Butter

14/14 :Deep-Fried Butter