Fisher Flour will sell over one million scones during this year's edition of the Puyallup Fair, but there's more to eat at the fair than pastry. This week, Voracious upholds its annual tradition of spotlighting four new-to-the-fair foods worth checking out should the scone lines grow unbearably long.
Thanks to the dominance of the onion burger, onions are a big deal at the Puyallup Fair. But the state's other signature crop stars in a few of the fair's newest food items, including the Cinnamon and Caramel Apple Fries sold by Impact Sales.
It's a longstanding concession tradition to reconfigure already-popular snacks: The "walking taco" (which Texans and Oklahomans would identify as Frito pie) is just a Mexican sandwich made spoonable. And the Cowgirl Candy Cone which Lady Luck this year introduced to Puyallup's crowds is essentially a sweet potato casserole in a handy cylinder.
Apple Fries were designed along the same lines. Although the word "deconstructed" is too fancy a word for a venue where multiple vendors sell motion sickness pills, Impact Sales has broken down the classic fried apple hand pie, individually frying each apple segment and spritzing the nuggets with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
These flavors are proven partners: Apple, caramel, whipped cream and fry is an outstanding combination. But it's tough to improve on the pie format. And, unfortunately, Impact Sales' attempt at dessert- reshaping fails miserably.
I'm no engineer, but the problem seemed to arise from a lack of traction - or enough adhesive caramel sauce. Immediately after I was handed my order, the fries began falling off the imbalanced pile. And every time I tried to fork a fry, the pressure forced another fry out of the box. I lost two or three fries for each fry I ate. The apple fries weren't bad, but they sure were wily. I'd rather deal with an onion burger.