Forget ribs. I was on a serious hunt for all things sugar the day I arrived in Sparks, NV for the Best in the West rib cook-off last week (we've got this awesome slideshow to prove it). Besides the dozens of rib shacks, there were sno-cones, chocolate-dipped this-and-thats, cotton candy caramel apples, deep-fried cinnamon and sugar pretzels and regular ice cream bars. But during the 90-plus degree heat consuming festival goers, the longest line by far was for Sierra Swirls: soft-serve ice cream with a flavor swirled in. Genius! Flavors ranged from blueberry to bubble gum, chocolate pecan to peanut butter. My flavor of choice? Classic cherry. I want another one right now.
I got (soft) served.
I spent a good two days snapping photos of the parade of sweets in Sparks, but my favorite photo of them all, and the one that completely sums up the cook-off, is this guy ...
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