Food of the Big E

Food is always a draw to a fair, but the Big E pushes fair foods to new limits, with fried jelly beans and turkey legs that look like no leg on any turkey you've ever seen.

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A bacon cheeseburger on a doughnut is another Big E staple and they were flying off the grill. It's called the Crazy Burger.
Ryan Riel, of Agawan, Mass., bit right into a Crazy Burger at the Big E and gave it a positive review.
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At the Big E, you can find just about anything in fried form, including these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
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Coffee Break was selling unusual fried foods, as well as frozen hot chocolates.
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Inside this golden fried shell are jelly beans.
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One of the most popular places for a lobster roll is the Maine building, where they go for about $8.
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The face behind the famous lobster rolls is Cal Hancock, of Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Cundys Harbor, Maine.
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Nicole Rancitelli, of East Hampton, enjoys some fried dough with sauce and cheese.
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Cheesecake is great under normal circumstances, but frying it takes it to a new level.
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Rosie-Blake's in New Britain's motto is "Have a Sweet Day." That extends to chocolate-covered bacon.
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Russell Okinsky's sister, Rosie Kruse, owns the company.
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The turkey legs are bigger than the ones most of us see on the Thanksgiving table.
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Al Frasier is up from Florida, filling New England stomachs with big turkey legs.
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This is what Oreos look like when they are fried and covered in powdered sugar.
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You'll find all sorts of exotic foods at the Big E, like alligator burgers.
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Wicked Whoopies makes one large dyed whoopie pie. The Maine company makes Red Velvet, Pumpkin, Chocolate Chip, Maple and Black Forest whoopie pies, among other flavors.
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Wicked Whoopies has sold more than 4 million pies. So that wicked is as in wicked good!
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Here's a small sampling of what Wicked Whoopies sells.
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The frybread is fabulous in the Connecticut building. Megan and Cheryl, of the Farmington Valley Chorus, served it up on Saturday. Recipes for how to use frybread include: pizza, tacos or Chuck's Steak House's specialty -- with cinnamon, sugar, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries.
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No New England fair would be complete without kettle corn.
If the idea of chocolate-covered bacon does not have your mouth watering, how about chocolate-covered bananas or strawberries?
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A self-serve Slushy bar is quite a hit at the Big E.
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Holly Bosse, of Gales Ferry, enjoyed a caramel apple on Saturday.
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Maryanne Pappas sent in this photo of one of the Big E favorites, the Cream Puff stand.
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More caramel apples.
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Matt McHugh, of Watertown, Mass., gave fried butter a try. From what we saw, stand several feet away from anyone biting into one of these fair favorites. They squirt people standing nearby.
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If you see someone walking through the fairgrounds eating something on a stick, it's likely a corndog, or a shish kabob.
People took a break from feasting on Saturday to watch a parade. The theme was Mardis Gras, and the beads were flying, without any behavior that your mother would not approve of.
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If you were looking for adult beverages, Mojitos were popular.
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Potatoes and the fryer are close friends, thanks to French fries, but then there are the super-sized cousin -- potato balls.
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It took 600 pounds of butter to make this edible cow.
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