It’s that glorious time of year when the sun is shining, the air contains a whiff of Banana Boat, and the frenzy of the Minnesota State Fair begins to build. This morning the 31 official new foods were released by the fair, accompanied by the usual wave of ooohs, aaahs, and diabeeeeteeees.....
This year’s list is slightly less bonkers than year’s past (deep fried licorice <herk>). However, there are still plenty of crazy foods we’ll line up to try.
Now, these Nordic Waffles folks, who were a new vendor last year, proved they know how to walk the tricky State Fair line of crazy and tasty. Can they pull it off this year with a waffle stuffed with Fruity Pebbles and chocolate peanut butter cups? This folded taste of crazy looks like much too much... but isn’t that what the State Fair is all about? Find it at Nordic Waffles at West End Market, southwest section.
Sweet Mary mother of fried monstrosities, this basket will hold puffy, fried batter filled with a cheese mixture, topped with shredded sharp cheddar, and Sriracha aioli for dipping. Plus, because the folks at the Funnel Cakes stand known their audience, the cakes also come with an optional side of ranch. Find it at Funnel Cakes at North side of Dan Patch Ave. between Nelson & Underwood streets.
Doughnut holes are served with syringes for stuffing squirting, because nothing says good family-friendly fun like shooting up. Cake doughnut spheres are deep fried and served with syringes of three fillings: Bavarian cream, chocolate custard and lingonberry jam. Find them at The Hanger at the North End, southwest section.
It’s a pickle, stuffed with bratwurst, dipped in batter and fried — on a stick (the stick is making a comeback!) This treat comes in like a corndog and goes out like crazy Aunt Ida’s favorite party dish. In theory, these things kinda go together, but... how are we stuffing the meat in the pickle? Will there be a legion of teen workers designated the pickle core-ers? Will this make for the best What I Did on My Summer Vacation essay ever? Can I make it to the end of this tubular treat’s descriptions without making a weenus joke? The only thing that would make this offering better is a vat of ranch for dipping. Find it at Swine and Suds in the Warner Coliseum on the east side.
Because the trend of eating safe cookie dough in a public setting at one fair stand wasn’t enough for the ravenous fans of wackadoodle new fair foods, the fair added a whole new vendor serving only cookie dough. Kora’s Cookie Dough even has a vegan sugar cookie option. Take that dough, deep fry it and skewer that business on a stick. Hit it with blizzard of powdered sugar and that is one tower of ridiculousness just begging for an Instagram partner to artfully hold against a brick wall. Find them at Kora’s Cookie Dough on the south side of Dan Patch Ave. between Cooper & Cosgrove streets.