The fair and carnival season is in full swing. Summer is a time for ice cream, trips to the beach, amusement parks, fairs and carnivals. As I drive along the highways in the evening, I can’t help but see all of the lights from roller coasters, Ferris wheels, carousels, and thrill rides that temporary amusement parks set up, usually in large parking lots alongside highways. State, county and country fairs are plentiful too. As I pass these venues, I think about the scent of the various foods that permeate the surroundings, especially fried and grilled foods.
The food selection is more diverse than ever before, ranging from timeless classics such as apple pie, usually served a la mode, kettle corn and corn dogs — you know those corn-battered hot dogs — fried and served on a stick and of course, fried dough and funnel cakes with berries and whipped cream, to new inventions like spicy peanut butter and jelly cheeseburgers (no, I haven’t tried one yet) and fried Coca Cola®; the latter was created in 2006 for the Texas State Fair and now sold at many state fairs throughout the country.