Hi, friends. It’s Korri, back for year two as a guest judge of the food at the Oklahoma State Fair. There was a long list of new food for 2019, but I can assure you the fair itself has not changed. The people are still equal parts fascinating and too close to me, there are still too many vendors trying to sell me a hot tub or a sauna when it’s 90 degrees out, and I still got a sunburn. But where else can you hear a 10-year old boy singing Michael Jackson and then a very earnest rendition of “How Great is Our God” at the karaoke tent? What a place!
Anyway, back to the food: For any Kacie Eats veterans, you may remember my epiphany last year: the tried-and-true classics are the way to go when it comes to fair food. Did I listen to my own advice? No, I did not. I got some weird food again because I know what makes the headlines!
#1 – Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Corn Dog from Lakeside Concessions
Y’all, I was the most popular person at the fair when I was eating this corn dog. Several people stopped me to ask what it was and after telling one woman, she yelled a curse word at me. Fair people! I LOVE Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and I love corn dogs, and really, this tasted exactly like those two things combined. That said, it needed ketchup (or mustard, if you’re not me).
#2 – Roasted Corn in a Cup from Roast Corn Concessions
I wanted corn on the cob, but after being such a spectacle with that corn dog, I went with the less conspicuous in-a-cup option. I mixed in some Lawry’s and it was Yum City. My only advice would be to reject the offer of butter. It was probably ¼ of a cup of melted butter poured in an 8-ounce cup of corn, and I couldn’t even finish half of the corn before giving up.
#3 – Fried Coca Cola from JP’s Food Truck
I was mostly just curious. How does one fry Coke? Does it congeal? Is it a bread cup with Coke in it? The answer is still unclear. What I got were basically mediocre donut holes on which someone had accidentally spilled their $8 Coke. 2/10 would not recommend.
#4 – Deep-Fried Minneapple Pie from Minneapple Pie (1st Place Winner of the “New to the Scene” category in the Great Taste of the Fair competition)
This was a very good little pie. I could tell the apples were freshly chopped, not canned, and the crust was perfect. And the cinnamon ice cream was a delicious accent. It made me long even more for sweater weather. Minneapple Pie also offers chocolate and pumpkin pies, but I would absolutely recommend the apple.
Well, two out of four ain’t that bad! Okay, it’s not great, but I guess we can say I tried them so you don’t have to. Now excuse me, I will be working out for the next two hours to burn off these calories (LOL no I won’t).
‘Til next time!