Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Deep Fried Butter & Healthy Fruit Dip

I am at the Iowa State Fair and they are celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow.  The Iowa State Fair has had a Butter Cow since 1911.  The Butter Cow starts with a wood, metal, wire and steel mesh frame and about 600 lbs. of butter. It is constructed in a 40-degree cooler.   Layers of butter are applied until a life-size butter cow emerges.  It measures about 5-1/2-ft high and  is 8-ft long.
The 600 pound butter cow would butter 19,200 slices of toast and take an average person two lifetimes to consume.  Most of the butter is recycled and is reused for up to 10 years.

In honor of the Butter Cow, I decided to try the Deep Fried Butter. 
 I waited in a long line of people, to try this unique food on a stick. 
They start with a pile of cold butter.
It is the fair, so of course the butter must be put on a stick.
The butter is next dipped in a thick batter.
It is deep fried to a golden brown.
I paid $4.00 for my Deep Fried Butter.
I took a bite of the warm butter creation; exited to try the treat that was causing so much buzz at the fair.  As I bit into the Deep Fried Butter, a gush of warm melted butter squirted into my mouth.  
 Unfortunately this was not a pleasant experience for me.  
Paula Deen would probably love this, but I did not.  
 It tasted like an over buttered and soggy muffin.
 On a brighter note, there was another new fair food that I tried; the Red Velvet Funnel Cake.
To be honest, I didn't notice much of a flavor difference from the regular funnel cakes.  But after the mouth full of butter from the Deep Fried Butter, the funnel cake was a tasty treat.

 After all of that fattening food, it is time for a little Healthy Fruit Dip!
 My friend Deana, place 2nd in a healthy recipe contest at the fair.
The dip is delicious and is so creamy, it tastes like it has cream cheese in it.
Below is her prize winning recipe.
Healthy Fruit Dip

3 cups plain yogurt
1(4 serving) box instant sugar free vanilla pudding
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Mix well. Serve with fruit.

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  1. Had to come and check out Deep Fried Butter and Healthy in the same sentence. Like you Linda, I think I prefer your Healthy Fruit Dip

  2. Love that healthy fruit dip but I think I would also not enjoy the deep fried butter!! Diane

  3. Linda Deep Fried butter has been at our fairs too. Haven't tried it and after your review will pass but that funnel cake does look good.. I am saving the dip recipe and will try it. Looks very good, congrats to your friend.

  4. When I read the title of this post my heart sank. All I could think was, "she can't possibly be ready to tell us how good deep-fried is." Thank heavens you didn't like it. There are indulgences and there are indulgences. This butter idea is some kind of cosmic joke.

  5. I think we have fried butter at the IN state fair too. I haven't tried that, though I have tried my fair share of deep fried delicacies!Ha
    I wish we had a healthy food contest...I think the IN state fair was rated one of the top 5 worst in the country! The closest we get to healthy is fried vegetables:)

  6. My tummy is doing summersaults over the thought of deep fried butter! I actually heard about this on the news! I think you're right, Paula Dean would have been in "butter heaven." Thank goodness there was fresh fruit! Congrats to your friend! The fair looks like a great time, lots to do, and lots to see!

  7. It looks like you got a "backstage tour" on the deep fried butter industry! That was super sweet of them to let you in on their secrets and let you take photos. After all that I would try the deep fried butter too!

  8. Can't imagine all that butter. I think Paul Deen made deep fried butterballs. It looks like fried pineapple on the menu. That sounds interesting and I know that funnel cake has to be delicious!

  9. I'd feel the same about the deep fried buttter and I'd also rather go for the healthy dip!Funnel cake looks good.

  10. Deep fried butter is just a little too extreme for me.

  11. The problem was that your deep fried butter was made from the "liver" part of the butter cow. You need to ask for the ones from the "butter tenderloin" or "butter ribeye". (ha ha, j/k)