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    Deep-Fried Fun Flourishes at State Fair

    Fun at the fair means rides, exhibits and contests but wear loose-fitting clothes with a belt that expands

    Our man Baragona's reaction to this photo of a Krisy Kreme Burger (bacon cheeseburger with two doughnuts forming the bun): I'm speechless. And a little nauseous.
    Our man Baragona's reaction to this photo of a Krisy Kreme Burger (bacon cheeseburger with two doughnuts forming the bun): I'm speechless. And a little nauseous.

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    The North Carolina State Fair is under way in the capital city of Raleigh. If you were there, you'd see lots of exhibits about good nutrition, and could sample wholesome farm dishes made from healthful recipes.

    But most of the other fair-goers would be pigging out across the way at the concession stands - a heaven on earth for gluttons.

    Deep-fried fatty foods are part of the fair-going experience.
    Deep-fried fatty foods are part of the fair-going experience.

    We're not just talking greasy French fries, sugary cotton candy, and caramel-dipped apples. These folks make fattening items even more artery-clogging by deep-frying them in lard or oil.

    Here are just some of the foods offered for sale at the North Carolina State Fair:

    Spicy, deep-fried turkey wings, deep-fried chocolate pie, deep-fried pumpkin pie, and deep-fried chocolate-chip cookies.  Somewhere on the grounds, you'll probably also find the old state-fair staple - deep-fried ice cream, or maybe deep-fried pickles. 

    Somewhere, buried beneath the glop are the Fritos in this Frito Pie.
    Somewhere, buried beneath the glop are the Fritos in this Frito Pie.

    Or you can try chocolate-covered Twinkie logs.  Twinkies are spongy cakes shaped like gold ingots, filled with a sugary cream-like substance.  No dairy products in them!  Add the chocolate covering, and call your dentist in the morning.

    Consider deep-fried bacon-and-cheese mashed potato bites. Or honey buns: rolled dough spread with sugar, nuts and honey, and then - you guessed it - deep-fried.  

    Before washing those down with some sweet lemonade, make room for a fried Frito pie.  There are already about 500 calories in a small bag of these salty corn chips.  At the fair, they crunch 'em up into a pie crust, fill it with who-knows-what, and, of course, fry it in the ever-present vat of oil. 

    Take your classic American junk food - Twinkies - cover them with chocolate, and you have . . . a gut-buster for the ages.
    Take your classic American junk food - Twinkies - cover them with chocolate, and you have . . . a gut-buster for the ages.

    VOA's agriculture reporter, Steve Baragona, normally writes about, eats, and even grows healthful foods.  But he's a sucker for fried food from the fair.  

    His eyes lit up when he heard about this year's special in North Carolina: Krispy Kreme burgers.  Krispy Kremes are airy doughnuts, deep-fried and doused with sugary glaze.  Put one on each side of a fried burger, and you've got a cardiology classic.

    I can't quite picture the taste of those two together, Steve said.  But dip 'em in batter and deep fry 'em, and you have something there!  


    Steve Baragona

    Steve Baragona is an award-winning multimedia journalist covering science, environment and health.

    He spent eight years in molecular biology and infectious disease research before deciding that writing about science was more fun than doing it. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in journalism in 2002.

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