Team Bubble Gum or Team Kool-Aid?

During today’s media lunch, reporters and guests were able to learn more about the new attractions at the fair. In addition to information about the latest exhibits, rides and entertainment, everyone was able to try three of the newest fair foods to hit the midway – deep-fried bubble gum, deep-fried Kool-Aid and lemon sticks.

Which deep-fried team are you, Team Bubble Gum or Team Kool-Aid?

Lemon sticks are simple, but refreshing treats at this year's State Fair.

While everyone enjoyed the lemon sticks, the deep-fried bubble gum and Kool-Aid caused some controversy. People seemed to be either pro bubble gum, or pro Kool-Aid.

Even in the press office, we couldn’t decide. Merrie Go Round, Flying Bob and Tilt-A-Whirl enjoyed the deep-fried Kool-Aid, a fried ball of dough mixed with Kool-Aid drink powder and topped with a fine combination of sugar and Kool-Aid powder. Here’s Merrie Go Round’s review:

Firecracker and I preferred the deep-fried bubble gum, which is actually a marshmallow, dipped in bubble gum batter and topped with bubble-gum flavored icing and Chiclets. Here’s our review filmed by the 2009 Deep Fried Ambassador Suzanne. Thanks, Suzanne:

Which side are you on, Team Bubble Gum or Team Kool-Aid? Try them both when the gates open Thursday at 3 p.m. for the 2011 N.C. State Fair. And, don’t forget you can save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance. Find out more information at

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.


  1. I’d love to know more about the lemon sticks… what are they? How are they made? What’s in them? All I can see are candy canes in lemons…

    • Hi, Laura. Lemon sticks are similar to Fun Dip. You dip the peppermint stick into the lemon and lick the lemon juice off the stick. The acid of the lemon breaks down the peppermint stick and creates a sweet lemonade you can drink when you’re done. It’s a simple, but delicious snack.

  2. Oooh, that DOES sound delicious! Thanks!

  3. I went to the fair yesterday. I looked all over for the fried bubble gum but I couldn’t find it 🙁 Is it still there?

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