It's perhaps not surprising that the fair at Punkin Chunkin, Delaware's premier high-velocity pumpkin event, would feature unusual pumpkin delicacies. Across the field, tucked between burger vans, I spied a little stall that looked like it could help me expand the growing repertoire of pumpkin delights I'd sampled.
"What is a pumpkin funnel cake?" I asked as we got to the front of the queue and handed over our money.
"It's funnel cake, with pumpkin," our server said, looking a little confused that we would ask.
"But what's a funnel cake?" I asked. (We don't have them in England.)
Now she looked at me like I'd stepped off another planet. "It's funnel cake," she repeated, then turned to serve the next customer, apparently unwilling to handle any more challenging questions.
We peered past her to where a man, apparently the funnel cake master, was pouring orange batter from a steel jug into a vat of boiling oil. Whatever we'd signed up for, it wasn't going to be a healthy treat. I watched with a sort of fascinated horror as he plucked the cakes out with tongs and slapped them onto paper plates.
The result - a sort of light, swirly donut drenched in cinnamon sugar - was surprisingly delicious, and didn't taste nearly as greasy as it looked, though we were happy to share one between us! This is certainly something I should learn to make one day.