Oh, good, it's state fair fried food season. A new contender for the craziest fried thing: the Iowa State Fair's fried butter on a stick. Fried butter itself is nothing new — it debuted at the State Fair of Texas in 2009, and Paula Deen has her infamous fried butter balls. But this is a whole stick of butter on a stick dipped in a cinnamon honey batter and deep-fried. And then coated in a sugary glaze. It costs four dollars.
The fried butter on a stick was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair's life size butter cow sculpture. Alas, "Butter Cow Lady" Norma Lyon, who sculpted the cow every year for over 60 years, died last month. Hopefully she would have considered this a fitting tribute.
Here's video of intrepid fried food reporter Eric Hanson out of KCCI in Des Moines, on the story:
Video: New Fair Food: Fried Butter On A Stick!
· New Fair Food: Fried Butter On A Stick! [KCCI]
· Fried Butter On-A-Stick Debuts at the 2011 Iowa State Fair [Iowa State Fair]
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