Sunday, August 08, 2010

never thought i'd give it a try...

yesterday, doug and i snuck away for a while and headed to the Ohio State Fair, sans kids. after being there just about 30 minutes, i remembered why i haven't been to the fair since i was a teenager. ewwwwwwwww.

the smell. the heat. the mobs of people. the overwhelming auditory processing necessary to hear the person next to you talking. seeing rude at a whole new level. gahhhhh! needless to say we didn't stay long.

even though it wasn't completely enjoyable, it was still fun to be away from the kids for a while with my husband. his presence makes it fun. :)

we did enjoy perusing through the Youth Center where we found a really cool Lego train display. i can't even imagine how many hours it took to construct something like this.

after leaving the Youth Center we got trapped in the midst of a parade going through the fair. so bizarre. as if the maze of people wasn't enough to dart through.
we found a gap in the parade and darted through to head to the Creative Arts Center where i oogled over all the fine art entries, scrapbooking entries and cakes. i was just gobsmacked at this cake. every single thing you see on there is edible. unbelievable! i could have stared at it and soaked in the details for hours.

after leaving there, i thought about getting my favorite....

but the flies.........oh my heck, the flies! the apples weren't wrapped up, just out in the open and the thought just grossed me out, so i passed.

then we headed back to the indoor Marketplace building where we found chocolate covered bacon. but even my bacon loving man couldn't stomach the thought of it. seriously? do people really love this stuff? we never did find the deep fried butter.

i was enamored with the colorful candies. i took this picture for Spidergirl. her and i had just watched an episode of Unwrapped where they visited the WhirlyPop factory and taught viewers how they were made.

after the Marketplace we walked the midway a little further and then decided to get the heck out of there.

on the way out we sprung for a lemonade refill and then decided to be adventurous and see what all the hype is about deep-fried candy bars. they've been around long enough and neither of us had ever tried one.

but what really intrigued us was the thought of eating a deep-fried buckeye. never heard of it before and it actually sounded kinda tasty.

for my friends not familiar, a buckeye is a tree nut, but also a very popular candy made to resemble them with a peanut butter confection center, dipped in chocolate. they taste somewhat like a reese's peanut butter cup, just heavier on the peanut butter filling and much more creamy. and they look like this....

but at the fair, they batter-dip them, then deep fry them and serve them up with a drizzle of Hershey's syrup and a shake of confectioners sugar. sounds tasty, in theory.

but.........while standing in line to order, and going back and forth a half dozen times over what to try, we settled on trying the deep fried Milky Way bar. other options were a deep-fried Twinkie, Snicker's bar, PB & J sandwich, Oreos and more.

the verdict?

GROSS, gross, GROSS, gross, GROSS!!!!!! ewwwwwww. just thinking about it now makes me want to wretch. ick!

we were expecting the fried outer layer to be crispy, especially after waiting 10 minutes for the thing to fry. it was nothing of the sort. instead it was just a soft, gooey, disgusting mess. SO gross.

have any of you ever tried a deep-fried candy bar? did you like it? it's okay if you do, we can still be friends. :)

we ended our date night on a yummy note with Chipotle! yummmmmo.


  1. I have never been able to try a deep fried candy bar of anykind. Not sure I could. Just wanted to let you know that the bacon covered chocolate was actually first previewed at the local fair that I grew up in. Have never had it myself, but it came from little old Davenport, Iowa. I hear it is actually quite tasty. So sorry you didn't enjoy the fair, I really miss the fact that I can't attend our state fair anymore. School year starts before the fair, so I don't get to attend. Boo Hoo.

  2. You remind me of ME ... I put up with the throughway (rides) just to get to the Village of Yesteryear (cool crafts and 'real' food) and the Exhibits (arts/craft/everything!).
    I do like deep fried oreos. That is as far as I have gotten.
    And really, chocolate covered bacon??? I love them both ... but together?
    Man, it is getting Fair time, isn't it?

  3. Do you think that your books will ever be out in "real" book form? I'm one of those people that has to have the book in my hand lol.

  4. And that's why I don't go to the MN State Fair! :) I haven't been in 16 years (since I was pregnant with Erik). But I LOVE the colors you captured in your pictures...those inspire me! :)

  5. That was my comment Tania..under my daughter's id! Dang kids! :)


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