Maggot Burgers, Raccoon on a Stick Are Big Hits at State Fairs
And we thought maggots on your burger was a bad sign...
Jungle George's Exotic Meats and Bugs
Remember when fried Oreos and pork parfait were the most outrageous food items at the fair?
In an effort to outdo fried butter, fried bubblegum, and Krispy Kreme burgers, Jungle George's Exotic Meats and Bugs is offering alternative protein items at the California State and Colorado State fairs.
Diners waited in long lines to chomp down on raccoon on a stick, bear, and python tenders in
an attempt to outeat one another. The most popular offering, however, is
usually what you see before running away from a fair food stand --
offers the crawlers as a topping to buffalo burgers or in a melted cheese
sandwich. Seems as though people like them, and to be honest, they've
got to be better for you than the fried bubblegum that's been getting so much press.
you want to try some exotic meats yourself, Jungle George has a mail-order business where you can purchase some rattlesnake ($100), yak
burgers ($11), or llama patties ($12.95).
Bugs are available too. For
four bucks, try some larva in Mexican spice, cheddar cheese, or BBQ
flavor or some sour-cream-and-onion crickets ($4.50).
Oh, and in
case bugs aren't your thing? Jungle George sells deep-fried butter and
jelly beans too. Here's hoping Jungle George makes his way to South
Florida this winter.
Here's some guy eating a buffalo maggot burger. Yum!
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.