Fair food review: There are plenty of sweets to go around at the county fair

Published 11:07 pm Friday, August 2, 2019

I’ll be the first to admit I have a weakness for sweets, so it was quite a treat to be able to check out several this week during the Tribune’s annual taste testing at the Freeborn County Fair. In fact, I think I satisfied my sweet tooth for quite a while — or let’s be honest, at least for the rest of the week.

Of all the sweets we tasted, my favorite was the Snickers funnel cake from Faye’s Concessions out of Austin.

The funnel cake, though a little messy to eat, was topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and blended up Snickers bars.

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Want something a little less intense? There were other types of funnel cakes there, too, including an original one without all the toppings.

The fried Twinkie, fried Snickers bar and funnel cake fries from Auntie L’s. – Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

If you want something a little easier to eat, Auntie L’s behind the Grandstand offers all sorts of deep-fried sweets, including Oreos, Snickers, Twinkies and peanut butter cups. My favorite of these was the deep-friend Snickers, which retained a great texture after being fried.

Auntie L’s also has funnel cake fries, which offer the same delicious taste of a funnel cake in an easier-to-eat setup. These were my favorite from that stand.

The funnel cake fries and deep-fried Oreos, Snickers, Twinkies and peanut butter cups are $6 each. The Snickers funnel cake from Faye’s Concessions is $8.