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What is cotton candy? and other state fair food mysteries

The Daily Meal Logo By Holly Van Hare of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 21: Going to the state fair is an annual tradition for many families, especially those that live near some of the largest state fairs in America. Millions embark on road trips with their families to visit the once-a-year fairground event filled with fun activities. Parents and children alike cherish memories of rural attractions like tractor displays, livestock competitions and cattle milking stations. The state fair is a trip the whole family can enjoy — and the best part is probably the food. Deep-friers and grill smoke from nearby vendors leave haze and the smell of burnt sugar hanging in the air. Every year, vendors one-up each other with wackier, more indulgent options. Nearly everything is either covered in sugar or topped with an excess of cheese. There’s pie everywhere to be found. Basically, state fairs are havens of fun-to-eat foods, best served on a stick.The fresh-out-of-the-frier, over-the-top foods at your local state fair might leave you with some burning questions. Some questions are easy to answer. Like, why not stuff a hot dog into a Twinkie? But others seem tougher to answer. How do they deep-fry liquids, anyway? And just how many calories are in those 3-pound turkey legs? We got to the bottom of these state fair food mysteries so you don’t have to.

State fair foods

Going to the state fair is an annual tradition for many families, especially those that live near some of the largest state fairs in America. Millions embark on road trips with their families to visit the once-a-year fairground event filled with fun activities. Parents and children alike cherish memories of rural attractions like tractor displays, livestock competitions and cattle milking stations. The state fair is a trip the whole family can enjoy — and the best part is probably the food. Deep-friers and grill smoke from nearby vendors leave haze and the smell of burnt sugar hanging in the air. Every year, vendors one-up each other with wackier, more indulgent options. Nearly everything is either covered in sugar or topped with an excess of cheese. There’s pie everywhere to be found. Basically, state fairs are havens of fun-to-eat foods, best served on a stick.

The fresh-out-of-the-frier, over-the-top foods at your local state fair might leave you with some burning questions. Some questions are easy to answer. Like, why not stuff a hot dog into a Twinkie? But others seem tougher to answer. How do they deep-fry liquids, anyway? And just how many calories are in those 3-pound turkey legs? We got to the bottom of these state fair food mysteries so you don’t have to.

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