We found only-in-America state fair treats.
Naturally, all but two are fried.
--Paige DePaolis, Condé Nast Traveler
This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler: State Fair Foods that Will Make You Proud To Be an American (Maybe)
<strong>West Springfield, Massachusetts</strong> Dolloped between two pastry shells, the cream in these puffs is just a few minutes of whipping shy of becoming butter—we won't count those extra calories if you don't. <em>Photo: Courtesy Big E Fair</em>
<strong>Louisville, Kentucky</strong> Last year's introduction of the Fried Derby Pie captures all the goodness of Kentucky's famed dessert in a sugary, crispy shell. The original—made with chocolate, walnuts, and bourbon—had been a staple for years. It took someone with real genius to pop that in the deep fryer. <em>Photo: Courtesy Kentucky State Fair</em>
<strong>Louisville, Kentucky</strong> Last year, the Puyallup Fair served its 100 millionth fair scone since its creation in 1914. Guess it's safe to say that honey butter and raspberry jam are a crowd-pleaser when sandwiched between these fluffy, warmed scones. <em>Photo: Courtesy Puyallup Fair</em>
<strong>St. Paul, Minnesota</strong> At the Minnesota State Fair, the scent of freshly baked cookies is not what it seems. These chocolate chip treats skip the oven—instead, they're coated with a sweet batter, deep-fried, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. <em>Photo: Courtesy Minnesota State Fair</em>
<strong>Louisville, Kentucky</strong> This state fair staple begins as one whole potato, but its transformation into the Grater Trater looks much tastier—the potato is thinly sliced into a continuous ribbon, then fried to create a spiral of crispy chips. Lays don't stand a chance. <em>Photo: Courtesy Kentucky State Fair</em>
<strong>West Springfield, Massachusetts</strong> The Country Fried Shepherd's Pie balls a blend of meats, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn together; the combo is breaded, fried, and drizzled with gravy. <em>Photo: Courtesy Big E Fair</em>
<strong>Dallas, Texas</strong> At the Big Tex Choice Awards each year, only the most inventive concotions beat out the competition. Case in point: This chicken fried bacon was the "Best Taste" winner in 2008—but don't worry, you can still buy it at this year's festival. <em>Photo: Courtesy Texas State Fair</em>
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