Deep Fried Montana

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Billings, Montana

Heading to the Montana Fair for my first rodeo I had heard so much about all the crazy deep fried food at the fair I saw it as a challenge.


I will eat all of it.


It was a very ambitious undertaking and I only had an hour to find all of it before the rodeo started but I was determined to have the ultimate fair experience. To top it off, as a Canadian I have never had a Twinkie so it would be my dessert.

You may think it is strange I have never had a Twinkie as I have eaten a lot of strange things, I have also never eaten a corn dog – go figure.


deep fried cheese curds

I started off with deep fried cheese curds with marinara sauce. While I have eaten cheese curds plenty of times on poutine I had never heard of this but I was down for deep fried cheese.

I also learned here that the fair employees are quite friendly and not looking for long-term relationships. The guy taking my order asked me to go out after his shift and when I explained I was visiting and only here for the night he didn’t seem to have a problem with that.

Moving on…

deep fried food

It was time for something sweet and the Girl Scouts had a stand with deep fried Oreos, peaches and mac and cheese. I was so tempted by the mac and cheese but I went for the sweet.

The Oreos were a massive sugar injection – deep frying them made them soft and sweet. I didn’t need the tub of icing to dip them in and not surprisingly I had a burst of energy. The peaches were surprisingly delicious with a really light batter and covered in cream,


viking on a stick

It was time to move onto Montana Fair’s most famous dish and one that had a very long line – the viking on a stick. It is like a big meat ball on a stick that has been battered and deep fried.  It was surprisingly good and I can see what it is so popular.


deep fried snickers

Next door were deep fried Snickers candy bars and I figured why not. When I was asked if I wanted chocolate drizzled on it figured it made perfect sense, chocolate on chocolate?

But then the bad news came. It was time for the rodeo to start.

Of all of the food at the fair I needed to get the deep fried Twinkie but I made a rookie mistake and said I would get it later. But we all know later means never. Half way through the rodeo I had a sugar crash, had to buy a Coke so I would not fall asleep. When the rodeo ended the idea of eating anything deep fried seemed repulse.

So instead I had a candy apple and called it a night. 



Disclosure: I was a guest of Visit Montana. They did not request I write a favourable review or encourage this first step on the road to obesity and diabetes.






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  1. Ew.

  2. If you grew up in BC, you could have had Twinkies and Ding Dongs!

  3. Chrystal McKay says:

    The peaches sound nice but the rest I would skip. I don’t think even me with my gigantic sweet tooth could handle this!

  4. That’s awesome! I’m so jealous you got to go to Montana- it’ such a beautiful state!

  5. The deep fried cheese curd and Oreos sound awesome (I think my arteries are clogging just thinking about them)! And I tried the deep fried Twinkie once at a rural fair… you’re not missing much!

  6. Cathy Sweeney says:

    I had deep fried Oreos at the Houston Rodeo in March. They were awesome — so different from what I expected. I’m not so sure I’d try that viking on a stick thing.

  7. Annette | Bucket List Journey says:

    The Oreos sound divine, but the gigantic fried meatball on a stick would be the one this Italian would gravitate towards!

  8. Oh my word. 🙂 You must have been GLUTTED after all that! I’d totally go for the peaches – they sound really good. 🙂


  9. I always treat myself to a gorge of deep-fried food once a year – at the huge county fair near where my parents live.

    This year I had deep-fried oreos (the BEST), deep-friend banana pudding (the bananas were fried, not the pudding…), and deep-fried peanut butter and jelly (yes, it’s a real thing).

  10. I give you props for managing to eat all that you did. I tried a deep fried cheeseburger a few month ago, and even after two bites I felt sick!

  11. Mmmm. I REALLY love deep fried oreos.

  12. I’m not much of a Twinkie fan, but I had deep-fried Twinkies a few years ago at my local county fair and I have to say deep-frying it definitely made it better. But, you know, I think that’s kind of a given. I mean, deep-frying makes everything better!
    And now I really want deep-fried cheese curds.

  13. Tom @ Waegook Tom says:

    Here I was thinking that the folks in Scotland had the monopoly in this niche market with their deep fried Mars Bars, but damn, Montana has them beat! Deep fried peaches sound strangely appealing, and the cheese? Awww yeah.

    I’d have married the guy. I mean…he sells deep fried cheese for a living.

    Or I’d have just had the one night stand and woken up smelling like cheddar and regret.

    Probably the latter. I’m glad you didn’t take that date! 😉

  14. Holy moly how are you not the size of a house?! You have a very lucky metabolism!

  15. Jesus! That is impressive! And I lived in Scotland for 4 years, where deep frying Mars bars and Haggis was the norm! I’m in Cusco. I might have to head out now to find a deep fried guinea pig!

  16. Thomas S. Moore says:

    Great photos of the food, and all you did was make me hungry and remind me of being home. Sadly its Monday morning, I’m at work, didn’t have breakfast and now this. My son loves the Twinkies and Snickers deep fried. I can’t believe you never a had a corn dog before.

  17. Delicious foods in fairness. They all look tasty, I want to taste one of the, especially the one that is on the stick.

  18. Roamingtheworld says:

    I’ve never had a twinkie and a deep fried one doesn’t interest me either.
    HOw did you feel the next day? Eck.

    Sugar and fat tastes delicious when you’re eating it, but the after effects are usually not great.

  19. Haha, wow, that’s some serious deep fried-ness. I have had corn dogs, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a Twinkie either!

  20. Emily in Chile says:

    I am a little disgusted by what I’m about to say, but everything you tried sounds good! I really am worried about what that says about me…

  21. Ok, I’m going to try commenting hoping I don’t get the rest of the comments in my email. Gosh woman, that is SO much sugar. Here I was hoping you’d try the mac n cheese. 🙂

  22. This is all making me super homesick for the States…I love fried food though I can’t eat as much of it as I used to be able to without feeling a little sick…

  23. Gerard ~ GQ trippin says:

    I would have no shame scarfing down those deep fried goodies!

  24. Deep fried oreos are so good! I would eat all of these things, yum.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      They are delicious, but oh so sweet I could only eat one.

  25. AYNGELINA!!!!!! How have you never had a corn dog?!!!!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know, crazy right?

  26. Torre – Fearful Adventurer says:

    Deep fried foods are my weakness. That, and beer. Deep fried foods WITH beer? Now we’re talking.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      And nachos? Yes!

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