The fried food is back in force at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
You can find salads, sandwiches and mainstream desserts.
And then you can find stuff made with bacon and stuff that’s trying to make a name because no one has ever heard of it, much less eaten it.
Aaron Pacifico is experimenting with adding flavors to corn dog batter in the two booths at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, which opened today, July 19.
He’s planning to offer a flavor of the day at the booths near the main gate on the north end of Food Row and near Gate G on the east side of the fairgrounds.
Thursday night at a fair preview event, he was offering jalapeño corn dogs and Fruity Pebbles corn dogs.
The super-sweet, brightly colored cereal goes into corn dog batter.
I can’t give you a single good reason to eat a corn dog with Fruity Pebbles in the batter.
The batter ends up with bright, colorful specks after it’s fried. But there’s not much flavor. And the flavor that there is from the cereal doesn’t make the corn dog better.
The jalapeño corn dog had a nice bite. The jalapeños and some of the juice from their brine that Pacifico added created a bit of spice that built.
I only ate a couple bites. There was a lot of food to try at the preview event. And I didn’t like the Fruity Pebbles corn dog, though I liked some of the other new items. You’ll be able to read about those in the fair edition of Dining A La King.
A pretty complete list of the new items at this year’s fair is here.
The Giant Corn Dog booths will offer the flavor of the day corn dogs for $5 each. A regular one is $4 and a giant one is $7. You can’t get a giant flavored one.
The list of flavors that will happen at the fair also includes:
• Breakfast sausage
• Meat lover’s
Pacifico couldn’t remember the ninth flavor, but it won’t be licorice, he said.
The booths also have loaded tater tots as a new item this year and the London Broil booth near the main gate that the family operates will offer a variety of sausages.