Deep Fried Cheese Curds, Milwaukee, WI
Dairy farmers in Wisconsin used to bring home cheese curds to their family as a simple and tasty snack. Curds are fresh cheese in their natural shape before being shaped into a block or wheel and aged. Roughly the size of a peanut, these tangy morsels then became popularized by coating them in batter and dropping them into a deep fryer. Many cheese-heads also enjoy a beer battered cheese curd while drinking a brewski and watching a Packers game.
Why it's dumb:Cheese is already a decadent addition to anything you're eating whether it's on a sandwich, melted over tortilla chips or just sliced and served straight up. Leave it to one of the fatter states to batter and deep-fry something that is already an equivalent to oil or butter. Like Jucy Lucy's, brace for impact when you bite down.