I thought I had retired the Thursday food “nooooo!” a few months ago. Then I read about this, and I knew I had to resurrect it for at least this week.

Cotton candy, funnel cakes, hot dogs, French fries, and ice cream have been staples at fairs and carnivals for decades. In recent years Oreos, Snickers bars, Twinkies and many, many other things have been battered and deep fried to be served up as treats to fair goers. Even before I started eating healthier, the thought of those things held no appeal to me.

At the State Fair of Texas this year, there’s a new deep fried delight – butter. Deep fried butter was one of the contenders in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards at the fair this year and it took top honors as Most Creative. It was beat out for Best Taste by Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream. The State Fair’s website lists all of the contenders.

Back to the butter. DallasNews.com reports that the creator of this deep fried heart attack waiting to happen is Abel Gonzales Jr. He’s no newbie to the Big Tex Choice Awards. Previously he’s won awards for Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Coke and Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich.

Why did Gonzales choose butter this year? His thoughts were on buttered bread.

"There's nothing better than to have a piece of warm bread with melted butter all over it," Gonzales said. "Who's not going to want that?"
Now before you think that this is just a stick of butter that’s been battered and fried (which is what I pictured at first), check out the details. One hundred percent butter is whipped then sweetened with different flavors. Then it’s battered with a special dough and deep fried.

When I go to the carnival I go for the traditional deep fried dish – deep fried dough in the form of a funnel cake. I’m sure someone long ago thought “nooooo!” when they first heard of dough that had been fried and smothered with powdered sugar. Now it’s expected to be at fairs, carnivals and amusement parks everywhere. Do you think the same thing might happen to deep fried butter? Nooooo! 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Thursday food 'nooooo:' Deep fried butter
Has the food at fairs and carnivals crossed the line?