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By FIELDING BUCK
Deep-fried butter is all the rage this September, thanks to the State Fair of Texas and its type-A desire to come up with something bigger, greasier and more death-defying every year.
We're a little backwards in California. We don't have deep-fried butter yet, and at the Los Angeles County Fair we're still feeding off the Texas fads of prior years.
But it's quite a feed.
You eat chocolate-covered strawberries, don't you? Why not chocolate covered pork products?
Chocolate-covered bacon is the big taste treat and available all over the fairgrounds at $5-$5.50 for three slices. The bacon is good. The chocolate shell is good. The two don't do much for each other.
If you buy, eat fast. The chocolate shell melts fast in the Pomona sun.
Fair news releases tout a meat-lovers ice cream cone. It's tamer than it sounds: chocolate or vanilla soft-serve ice cream in a cup, not a cone, topped with chocolate-covered bacon bits. The chocolate coating was so thick the bacon was just a slight aftertaste.
You can find it for $5.50 at a concession with signage that reads "Mexican Funnel Cakes" by the racetrack grandstands.
The staff says they sell a lot of them, but they seemed to do better business with conventional ice cream cones.
Mainstream foods in massive portions (and matching prices) are another cornerstone of the fair diet.
Everything is huge at Juicy's, an Oregon-based concession with evil-looking trucks, except for the $3 soft drinks.
Juicy's has fairgoers' eyes popping with its $10 Cowbunga Corn Dogs, which look like they could swab a small cannon barrel, and cinder block-sized servings of curly fries for $6.75.
Past Texas sensations such as deep-fried Snickers bars, deep-fried Twinkies and deep-fried Oreos, are available all over the place at the fairgrounds.
The term deep-fried is used almost as an honor. You can buy deep-fried hamburgers and hot dogs, but the difference between deep-fried and fried struck me as slight.
In case you were wondering how Texans pull off deep-fried butter, The Dallas Morning News says they begin with frozen butter that is dipped in batter and fried, creating something like a piece of toast, ultra-buttered from the inside.
Maybe we'll get to try it next year.
Reach Fielding Buck at 951-368-9551 or fbuck@PE.com
Los Angeles County Fair
When: Through Oct. 4; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours vary
Where: 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona