The official slogan for the 2010 Florida State Fair is "Super Fair, Super Fun, Super Value." There's even a logo of a cape-wearing superhero on the brochure (they obviously haven't seen The Incredibles — no capes!). The slogan is true, though. You can always expect to see something super unusual at the fair — and it's usually found at a food concession stand. Deep-fried green beans and chocolate-dipped bacon are so last year. In 2010, you might need to wear those extra-large elastic-waist superhero tights once you try these five new goodies. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Over the Top Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger: Which part is over the top, really? The two doughnuts used as buns? The ginormous hamburger patty? The toppings you can layer on this monster? The $6.50-$8.50 price tag? But before you pop that bad boy in your pie hole, consider: Two of the doughnuts = 400 calories and 24 grams of fat. Find it at the West Main Street BBQ stand by the deep-fried candy bars.
Deep-Fried Butter: Maybe the theme of the fair should be "We'll give you a super heart attack." Two or three pats or balls of butter are wrapped in dough and then deep fried. If you prefer, there are dipping sauces for the $4 nibbles. But why eat this? Just slap it on your hips with a trowel because that's where it's going to end up. Find it at West Main Street inside the deep-fried candy bar stand.
Bacon Products: Who doesn't love bacon? So this year, the fair will sell lots of stuff to let your bacon freak flag fly: seasonings that make everything taste like bacon ($4.99 for a 2-ounce jar); a bacon-flavored spread for sandwiches and dips ($5.98 for a 15-ounce jar); and my fave, Bacon Lip Balm ($4). Next year, look for bacon perfume. It could happen. Find it at the Cracker Country General Store.
Spaghetti Ice Cream: Tricked ya! This isn't really cold spaghetti mixed with cream (gag). It's Italian ice cream/gelato sent through a press to shape it like noodles. The dish is topped with strawberries pureed to look like marinara and white chocolate shavings for Parmesan cheese. Now, that's my kind of spaghetti. At $6 a plate, it can feed 2 or 3 people. Find it inside the Expo Hall at Booth 428.
Fair Squares: These $3 puffs are old school compared to other foods but they are the fair's new signature deep-fried (what else?) dish. It's like a beignet dunked in the fryer and sprinkled with pink powdered sugar. A piece of the profits goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity. Find it at the Pink Tent across from the Floating Restaurant.
Sherry Robinson can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8305. She also writes for the Whoa, Momma blog at blogs.tampabay.com/moms.