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  • n. A specialty food made from deep-fried batter and originally associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch region of the United States.


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  • This is the perfect food to have at a fair.

    February 14, 2007

  • "Synonyms for voluptuosity"? ;-)

    February 14, 2007

  • Actually, I'm starting to like "hot fat" as a phrase. I'm trying to think what list I could put it on...

    February 14, 2007

  • I agree, uselessness. It's all in the describing. If someone were to ask whether I'd like a ball of dough fried in hot fat, I'd probably say no. On the other hand, I'd take a doughnut any damn time. ;-)

    February 14, 2007

  • Oh trust me, I have had and will continue to have funnel cakes. They. Are. Awesome.

    But hot fat? That phrase alone is pretty stomach-churning. Not to mention the common association of funnel cakes with tacky traveling carnivals: greasy crap food, nauseating spinny rides, and stinky unshaven loudmouth carnies. Maybe my revulsion is due to some bad childhood experiences. On their own merits, anyway, funnel cakes are seriously scrumptious, and I'm sorry for causing you to think I meant otherwise.

    February 14, 2007

  • mmmm... something primordial about the taste of fried dough and its cousins:

    fry bread

    elephant ears








    and various donuts...

    February 13, 2007

  • Wow. You poor thing, you've never had a funnel cake. Think of a fritter, think of a hot doughnut, think of those little drips of waffle batter that always hang off the sides of the waffle. You haven't *lived* until you've had a funnel cake.

    February 13, 2007

  • You must be joking. Funnel cake is awesome--deep-fried slightly sweet dough covered with sugar. How can it be wrong? OK, OK, "hot fat" doesn't sound so nice. But still!

    February 13, 2007

  • When you say it that way, it doesn't sound nearly so appetizing. Gross.

    February 13, 2007

  • "(N. Amer.) a type of deep-fried cake of Pennsylvania German origin, made by pouring batter through a funnel into hot fat." (OED) Hey! Don't forget sprinkling it with powdered sugar!

    February 13, 2007