At the fair, the best comes to those who save room for dessert. Or those who skip dinner and head straight for the fried sweets. The post-meal treat is so popular that some carts even attempt to make their "real" food dessert-like - we'll pass on the hot roast beef sundae, thanks.

At the fair, the best comes to those who save room for dessert. Or those who skip dinner and head straight for the fried sweets. The post-meal treat is so popular that some carts even attempt to make their "real" food dessert-like - we'll pass on the hot roast beef sundae, thanks.

Vendors offer most of America's most popular indulgences - candy bars, Twinkies, Oreos, cheesecake - coated in heart-stoppingly-good batter.

Just don't expect to find Skittles. Supposedly they can't be fried. That's no big loss, though. The treats we tried left us floored and helped us realize that frying really does make everything sweet taste better.

Deep-Fried S'mores ($4)

OK, so it's two Little Debbie S'mores instead of a real, campfire version. But this gooey, chocolatey mess was one of our favorites. Frying the treats added a new dimension to the old snack, and so did topping it with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.

Deep-Fried Strawberry Shortcake ($5)

Who knew there was fresh fruit at the fair? It's just hiding on a skewer, covered in fried goodness, strawberry syrup and whipped cream. (Note: There's no actual shortcake.) The five-strawberry spear is the best dessert we ate.

Funnel Cake ($6)

As great as it would have been to grow up eating fried s'mores and fried candy bars, we didn't. We ate funnel cake. For nostalgia's sake, the fair experience isn't complete without a plateful of the overlapping fried dough. But skip the overly saccharine cherry topping in favor of good ol' powdered sugar.