What is cotton candy? and Other state fair food mysteries

Tilt-a-whirls are great and baby goats sure are cute, but the most popular thing about state fairs has got to be the food. Fairs have become havens for fun-to-eat foods through the years, all deep-fried, cheese-dipped, sugar-coated and served on a stick. But what’s the difference between ice cream and custard? Or elephant ears and funnel cakes? Who was the first to sculpt butter anyway? We got to the bottom of these state fair food mysteries and more so you don’t have to.

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