fair food

photo by Anne Jansen

I went to my first-ever state fair yesterday, and it was the Ohio State Fair. Of course, Ohio being the Buckeye State, a friend encouraged me to try the fried buckeyes. While the buckeye nut is poisonous, nobody eats it — instead, they eat a dessert called buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate). I was apprehensive at first, but as soon as I saw them batter the buckeyes, I knew it was going to be delicious. The chocolate coating on the buckeyes melted right into the batter upon frying, leaving the peanut butter ball soft and warm. The powdered sugar and chocolate syrup topping off this treat-on-a-toothpick just made it that much more scrumptious.Another state fair delicacy I experienced was cotton candy…but this was no ordinary cotton candy. No, this treat is un-dyed cotton candy made from maple sugar. For the first time in my life, I realized just how appropriate the name “cotton candy” is for this sugary treat. Just look at the picture below, and you’ll understand how I initially mistook this sweet for a bag of actual cotton. The maple sugar gave it a distinctive flavor (if you’ve ever had maple syrup, this should be too difficult to imagine), and it was as light and fluffy as this carnival dessert always is.

photo by Anne Jansen

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