New Florida State Fair exhibit satisfies sweet tooth

By Sara Belsole, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017, 4:55 PM EST

At the Florida State Fair, there's no shortage of sweets.

Where else can you get your favorite treat dipped in batter and deep fried?

But if that doesn't give you a sugar rush, then step inside the fair's new exhibit Sweet: A Tasty Journey.

"We are going to teach you the history of candy, how candy is made," exhibit curator Thor Lewallen said. "We are going to teach you about all the old school candies from the 30's and 50's all the way to today."

The exhibit is a candy lover's dream. It has a giant candy mountain, old-school candy and interactive exhibits that teach visitors things like the history of chocolate.

But the real fun comes with testing your taste buds with the Bean-boozeled exhibit.

Visitors spin a wheel that determines two different jelly bean flavors.

"Each has a good and a bad and you don't know what you're going to get until you try it," Lewallen said.

Pairings include caramel corn or moldy cheese, strawberry banana smoothie or dead fish and chocolate pudding or canned dog food. Each jellybean in a pairing looks exactly the same so you won't know you haven't been given a tasty treat until it's too late.

The exhibit also features art made entirely of jelly beans, like a portrait of Rosie the Riveter. Each one was made with at least 11,000 jelly bellies.

The exhibit is in the Florida Center Red Room and will be there until the fair closes on Feb. 20.