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OC Fair Food: The $125 Caviar Twinkie

Two edibles you never pictured together will be together, in Costa Mesa.

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    The Orange County Fair is turning 125 years old, and celebrating its anniversary by offering a $125 Caviar Twinkie, Melissa Etezadi reports for NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Published Saturday, July 18, 2015)

    Picture this: An ice cream cone and a swirl of cotton candy and some roasted corn and a turkey leg and a funnel cake, all huddled around some conference table in some office building, madly discussing how their games can be upped in the face of the most buzzed-about edible headed for the 2015 OC Fair.

    Hints: The foodstuff involves caviar, and it involves a Twinkie, and... there you have it. It's the Caviar Twinkie, and it shall be available at that famous purveyor of offbeat fair treats, Chicken Charlie's, throughout the Costa Mesa extravaganza.

    The month-long OC Fair opens on Friday, July 17. 

    Naming the Caviar Twinkie's price isn't much of a guessing game, though, if you know what anniversary the fair is celebrating. The midway-bright, animal-sweet spectacular is turning 125, and the Caviar Twinkie created in its happy honor is... wait for it... ding ding ding, you're right: $125.

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    NBC4's Melissa Etezadi tries an array of food offered at the Orange County Fair, including a $125 Twinkie covered in caviar, Friday, July 17, 2015 for NBC4 on Today in LA. (Published Friday, July 17, 2015)

    All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

    "The finest caviar" shall top the golden-sponge Hostess Brands icon, and judging by early photos, there should be a solid amount of the luxury item. The Twinkie, of course, shall come complete with its creamy middle, so perhaps diners will discover a new taste-combo sensation.

    Will sponge-cream-salty be the next flavor trio to storm the gourmet world? Will everyone need to scoop the fish egg delicacy with a just-out-of-the-box snack cake?

    You never know how trends start.

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    The Orange County Fair officially began today in Costa Mesa. This year is the fair's 125th anniversary. Melissa Etezzadi reports for Today in LA on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Published Friday, July 17, 2015)

    If the $125 Caviar Twinkie isn't your bite-worthy bag, Chicken Charlie's is also serving a Totally Fried Peanut Butter Pickle and Deep-Fried Slim Fast.

    Deep. Fried. Slim. Fast. 

    Part of the fun of the fair is not simply daring your friends to try something and then devouring and then returning for more. Surely there's a branch of high-brow philosophy devoted to the study of enjoying something before, during, and well after?

    Philosophers, start with the deep-fried treats of the OC Fair, which get fans theorizing well in advance of the fair and long after the treat's been eaten. (During, maybe not so much, since mouths tend to be full.)

    And for the Caviar Twinkie overshadowing classics like ice cream and cotton candy? We don't think the fair's tried-and-true favorites need worry; there's always room for a little more when it comes to memorable fair food.

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