State fairgoers need a sweet tooth

Posted October 16, 2009

— Visitors to the North Carolina State Fair will find plenty of sweet food to tempt their taste buds.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler on Friday put his vote in for the chocolate-covered bacon.

"Believe me, I've tasted it, and it's wonderful," he said. "You've got to try the chocolate-covered bacon."

It's also a good way to celebrate Pork Month in North Carolina, he said.

Fair vendor Paul Amburn has developed his own opinions while serving up sweets from the Sugar Shack for the past five years.

He said the most popular treats are the deep-fried candy bars.

"You dip it in funnel cake batter, so it has a nice golden batter on it. So it's sweet-on-sweet, that's what it is," he said.

And the fat content?

"You don't need to know. I mean, it's fried," Amburn said.

Funnel cakes have been around for a long time but haven't gotten passe. And anything fried is good, Amburn said.

Deep-fried Oreos?

"We do them in a little batch and get five of them. Just pop them in your mouth, about two bites. They're awesome," he said.

Deep-fried pickles?

"They're real good. They got a little spicy; they're crispy," he said.

Deep-fried Ho-Hos?

"It goes along with the candy and everything. You put it on a stick," he said. "Anything you can fry and put on a stick, they'll buy."

As for himself, Amburn says, he only eats the occasional fried treat.

"I mean look at me, I'm a healthy man," he said. "I eat a little bit of it."


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  • shagmyers Oct 21, 2009

    "Rice's roasted corn and lemonade" near the inside flea market have DEEP FRIED CORN.
    It is hearty, delicious and well worth the money!! It is a must for any fairgoer.

  • Adelinthe Oct 16, 2009

    UNCG - "I just lost my job 2 weeks ago."

    Awww, I'm sorry.

    It's been over a year for me.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Oct 16, 2009

    "State fairgoers need a sweet tooth"

    Now there's something most have no problem with. ;o)

    And as for it all being bad for my health (yep, sho'nuff), it's only one day one time a year.

    God bless.


  • mwilliams2 Oct 16, 2009

    Why worry about fried foods, just get on a prescription for Lipitor and you won't have to worry about it. Maybe they will give some free samples of it out at the fair.

  • seeingthru Oct 16, 2009

    chocolate bacon, fried butter-no wonder health care costs keep rising

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Oct 16, 2009

    Gas here went up from $2.31 yesterday morning to $2.49 as of 10 minutes ago. I just lost my job 2 weeks ago. With that, I dont believe I'll be bringing my family to the fair to pau outrageous prices on junk rides and really fattening foods.

    How's that hope and change working for everyone else?!?

  • RonPaul Oct 16, 2009

    This is the greatest country in the world...but in food proabably we are lowest. Because meat...meat...meat...fried...fried...friend...soda...soda...
    soda...processed food...I can probably come up with dozen things.

    Is another food available apart from what I've mentioned above?

  • u_mad Oct 16, 2009

    Where is Wilford Brimley and his "diabeetus" ads when ya need him?

  • Liam Oct 16, 2009

    2/3 of the U.S. is overweight.

    30,000 children starve to death on earth every day.

    It's "pork month", because we're pigs.

    O.K. Your stupid point?
    Go to the State Fair, walk over to where the prize animals are and eat some of that great tasting hay and I'll bet the cows, goats, sheep and chickens will laugh at you.

  • 6strings Oct 16, 2009

    hereandnow99 = Debbie Downer