And today is the day!

Sorry for the last minute notice to some, but we announced this months back when I had “Mama Jane” Harris on the show. Mama Jane is a regular on the cable TV show Carnival Eats but her fair food masterpieces have been featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and The Travel Channel.   Every year “Mama Jane” Harris creates something new for the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Normally that creation is retired.   But Mama’s fair food creation that made me fall in love with her is coming back for one night only.

If you’ve never had Funnel Bacon on a Stick, Mama takes a thick strip of bacon and dips it in to a secret sweet funnel cake batter. She fries it for about a minute and then tops it with powdered sugar with your choice of chocolate, caramel or maple butter. You ONLY should choose that last one. As much as I love caramel and chocolate, that marriage of bacon and maple with the funnel cake… you can’t beat it. Mama didn’t even give me the choice the first time I tried Funnel Bacon on a Stick and I’m glad she didn’t. I probably would’ve chosen caramel. But maple is crucial to the experience.

Pouring the maple butter drizzle over funnel bacon on a stick.

Pouring the maple butter drizzle over funnel bacon on a stick.

Posted by Geno on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Since Mama has a new item every year, she only makes funnel bacon on a stick for one day during the Florida Strawberry Festival for those like me who just can’t let it stay retired. Mama’s truck in near the Smithfield tent at Gate 1.

If funnel bacon on a stick doesn’t excite your taste buds, we can’t be friends. But Mama does have a new item for 2021 that I’m also looking forward to trying tonight: The Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Funnel Cake has a crunch factor that’s “phenomenal” according to Mama.  The crazy thing is Mama doesn’t even have a sweet tooth herself.  She doesn’t usually eat her own desserts, but she says she loves this one.  She’s done a similar cake in Pensacola with blueberries, but given that this is Plant City, it’s gotta be fresh Wish Farms strawberries.

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