The Minnesota State Fair is known for many things: butter sculptures, rides at the midway, gigantic hogs, and of course, food on a stick. We all know the classics like pronto pups and corn dogs but what about the more unusual fair fare on a stick? Checking in at the half-way point of the Great Minnesota Get Together we bring you ten of the most unusual fair foods on a stick.
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1) Deep Fried Olives on a Stick
Where: Fried Fruit (N-25)
What:: New this year at the Fried Fruit stand are deep fried olives on a stick. Here you'll find extra large, pitted green olives stuffed with cream cheese, dipped in a seasoned batter, and then deep fried to a golden brown. Briny, salty, creamy, and crunchy, they come with a side of ranch dipping sauce.
2) Hot Dish on a Stick
Where: Ole and Lena's (J-28)
What:: On its way to becoming a state fair classic is the tater tot hot dish on a stick. Swedish meatballs and tater tots on a stick, hand dipped in a corn dog batter, then deep fried. Served with a side of mushroom hamburger dipping sauce, it doesn't get much more Minnesotan than that.
3) Mocha on a Stick
Where: Farmer's Union Coffee Shop (V-23)
What:: Hot beverages? On a stick? Sort of. Get your caffeine fix without having to sip a hot drink on an even hotter Minnesota summer day. The mocha on a stick is actually a frozen treat made with sweetened coffee, cream, and chocolate. Also available in chai and espresso flavors.
4) Macaroni and Cheese on a Stick
Where: Axel's (U-26)
What:: How do you put macaroni and cheese on a stick? Easy. Bread it and deep fry it, of course. Axel's serves up nuggets of mac and cheese conveniently on a stick.
5) Mango with Chili and Lime on a Stick
Where: El Burrito Mercado (U-30)
What:: Traditional Mexican street fare has made its way to Minnesota via El Burrito Mercado. They take whole, fresh, ripe mango and sprinkle it with fresh lime and chili powder. Don't forget to grab some napkins.
6) Alligator Sausage on a Stick
Where: Bayou Bob's (P-24)
What:: Tastes like chicken? You be the judge. Just steps away from the Giant Slide you'll find Cajun seasoned alligator sausage on a stick at Bayou Bob's. Various other alligator options are also available including deep fried alligator, alligator sautéed in garlic and olive oil, and alligator ribs.
7) Summit on a Stick
Where: Summit on a Stick Booth (U-30)
What:: Located at the International Bazaar, Summit serves up three of their beers on a stick. How does that work? It is a flight of 7 oz pours in a paddle for walking and sipping ease.
8) Deep Fried S'mores on a Stick
Where: Oodles of Noodles (T-26)
What:: Just inside the food building you can find deep fried s'mores on a stick. They take marshmallow and chocolate, dip it in a graham cracker batter (yes, a graham cracker batter) and deep fry it to a golden brown.
9) Teriyaki Ostrich on a Stick
Where: Chinatown Minnesota (T-26)
What:: Another non-traditional meat on a stick is the ostrich at Chinatown Minnesota. This one is somewhat self explanatory: ostrich meat on a stick with a side of teriyaki sauce for dipping.
10) Deep Fried Candy Bar on a Stick
Where: Deep Fried Candy Bars (Q-26)
What:: Another recent classic is the deep fried candy bar on a stick. Choose Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, or Nut Goodie dipped in batter, fried, and dusted with powdered sugar. Gut bomb or a gooey bit of heaven? You decide.
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