Let the chips fall where they may

Posted on Aug 02 2017 in From the Editor
Emily with potato chips

By Emily Schilling

For me, it’s all about the deep fried (of course!) spiral potato chips. I’m embarrassed to say it’s one of main reasons I look forward to the State Fair each year. The chip vendor booth is the first stop I make after parking the car! If I had my druthers, I’d declare freshly fried spiral potato chips the official State Fair food. 

This year, the Indiana State Fair is showcasing 17 different foods — from apples to mint to traditional fair favorites like food on a stick, pork burgers and funnel cakes. (See pages 24 and 25 for a fair schedule and breakdown of the foods that will be highlighted.) Day one of the fair — Aug. 4 — is dedicated to deep-fried food. If junk food had its own food pyramid, my beloved potato chips would proudly reside in the deep-fried food group. So, I’m glad I can pay tribute to them on fair kick-off day!

Deep-fried foods are staples of state fairs throughout the land. Twinkies and Oreos are two fan favorites that emerge from a sizzling dunk tank of oil even better than when they were plopped in.

I’m a pretty adventurous eater — but as far as I’m concerned, there’s a limit to what should go into the fryer. For instance, I’d nix the deep-fried scorpions (which are inexplicably dipped in chocolate), crickets, grasshoppers and lizards that are served at the Arizona State Fair. Or a Florida specialty: fried ice cream served between two hamburger buns on top of a hamburger. After a few minutes in the August sun, that burger will be dripping with dessert! 

Luckily, at our State Fair tried, true and tasty treats are served up — not food oddities that I’d only eat on a dare.

Bring on the fried cookie dough and fried cheese. Bring on the fried M&Ms and fried Kool-Aid. And, don’t forget those potato chips. My diet starts on Aug. 21.

EMILY SCHILLING is editor of Electric Consumer