Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow

Food & Wine looks at the health-defying classics and culinary anomalies that make eating at state fairs fun

North Carolina: Kool-Aid Pickles (Raleigh, Oct. 13 — 23)

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Also known as Koolickles, pickles soaked in the sugary kids' beverage are a Southern tradition — and a sweet-and-sour snack at North Carolina's annual state fair.

Indiana: Hot Beef Sundae (Indianapolis, Aug. 5 — 21)

Tom Coates

When state fairgoers tired of the iconic rib eye steak sandwich, Indiana's Beef Cattle Association invented the Hot Beef Sundae, layered with mashed potatoes, marinated beef, gravy, cheese, corn "sprinkles" and a cherry (tomato).

Arizona: Mealworm-Covered Caramel Apples (Phoenix, Oct. 14 — Nov. 6)

Courtesy of Chef John of Chef du' Jour

Along with deep-fried crickets, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair's Chef du' Jour booth sells caramel apples dipped in mealworms.

Florida: Cheeseburger with Fried Ice Cream (Tampa, Feb. 9 — 20)

Courtesy of Dennis and Cheryl Reas

One Florida State Fairgoer rationalized the appeal of a cheeseburger topped with deep-fried ice cream by describing the salty-sweet hybrid as a "milk-shake burger."

More of America’s Wacky Fair Foods

Dan Scott of The Sac Rag

For more wacky foods like python kebabs (left), fried beer, fried butter balls, and deep-fried White Castle burgers, visit the rest of the slideshow.