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Vote of the week: What is your favorite fried-dough snack?

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Published: October 5, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Time for some artery-clogging fun...

Explain your pick in the comments, please. Consider taste, texture, portability, cost, how silly you look while eating it and how many you can get down while waiting in line for the roller coaster that will make you consider why the heck you ate that fried goo in the first place. ;-)

Previous votes of the week.

Readers' Opinions

From Mostly Anonymous on October 5, 2007 at 10:57 AM
I had to vote for Churros.

Doughnuts aren't "special" enough, they're often eaten outside of theme parks.

Although I love funnel cakes (with elephant ears not far behind), they're just too big and too messy. So although I might indulge occasionally if I've got friends along to share, my treat of choice is usually a churro. They're very portable, and not so huge and sweet that you end up feeling ill.

From Iris Hernandez on October 5, 2007 at 11:30 AM
What the heck is an Elephant Ear? Even though I voted for the funnel cake, i should've voted for the churro. The churro is a lot less messier and i can eat while waiting in a ride line and not get all messy while i am doing it. I really like the funnel cake, very tasty...but its not portable enough, its more of a sit down snack to me.
From Danny Melillo on October 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM
What's an elephant ear? I voted for funnel cakes.
From Anthony Murphy on October 5, 2007 at 2:19 PM
Funnel Cakes are the best at SFGA!
From Lawrence Smith on October 5, 2007 at 4:17 PM
Funnell cakes without a doubt!! They are messy as crap though. That powdered sugar gets all over the place!
From Robert Niles on October 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

More a fair thing than a theme park thing, but my childhood favorite, from the BC era (before churros).

From Claudine Deshaies on October 5, 2007 at 6:57 PM
In New England, we call Elephant Ears "Doughboys" (or Fried Dough).
From Greg Shilton on October 5, 2007 at 7:34 PM
What about Whale Tale's? Is that the same as Elephant Ear?
From Adrian Walker on October 5, 2007 at 11:37 PM
Has to be doughnuts. The Americans just make the best kind. Plus, they're so sweet and tasty.
From Mark Hollamon on October 6, 2007 at 5:28 AM
Elephant Ears Rock! I grew up in the midwest and they were the main choice of fried, cinnamon/sugary snack at any carnival or fair! Ah, the childhood memories of being buzzed up on a hot greasy platter shaped pastry rolled in sugar! Good enough to draw a tear from Homer Simpson!
From Missy Renee on October 6, 2007 at 8:19 AM
Another vote for funnel cake here. And I am a purist......don't drench it in strawberries, hot fudge, or tons of whipped cream...powdered sugar only. And I have to have hot chocolate or cold milk (any flavor) on the side!
From Kevin Palmer on October 6, 2007 at 8:22 AM
I can't pick any of the ones above. My favorite, which I discovered a couple of weeks ago at a local fair, is Fried Oreos.
From David Kildal on October 6, 2007 at 8:45 AM
From Franki Brock on October 7, 2007 at 4:21 PM
I love them all except doughnets its just too orignal and you can get them anywhere.
From Matt Thompson on October 8, 2007 at 5:34 AM
I'd have to say my favorite are Beavertails.....covered in Nutella...amazing.
From Dwight Graham on October 10, 2007 at 12:04 PM
Because the question was..."What is your favorite fried-dough snack?", I had to go with doughnuts. That because they seem to be consumed way more often at any time by my junkfood lovin' self. Now if the question was more like..."What is your favorite 'Theme Park' fried dough snack?", well then the hard to get outside a park, but always gettable at the parks Funnel Cake would surely be at the top of my not so very short list of "I wan-it, I wan-it, I wan-it!!!" Stuff it in, and head straight to the BIG Ride and show your freinds and family members what your made of...From the inside out, chunky style. It can get ugly, and I know you'all get the picture of what I'm talkin'bout. Have a great fall at our wonderful theme parks around this great country.

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