On Fridays, I highlight products that I think are sweet, in every sense of the meaning–sometimes literally, but not always!
A few weeks ago, I talked about the Minnesota State Fair and its popularity, not only in its home state, but also across the country. Every year it sets new records for attendance, and this year, I happened to go on the highest-attended day in history. Naturally! Ha.
Although the busiest and most crowded day of all time wouldn’t have been my first choice to go, the crowds actually weren’t too overwhelming. I had a blast eating my way around the Fair with my friend from Tennessee, and for the most part, we didn’t even have to wait in line for long.
Last year was my first time going (I know, I know, Minnesota #fail!), and the caramel apple milkshake turned out to be my favorite treat of 2012.
After a year under my belt, I was fully prepared to tackle a new list of State Fair foods and discover the best of the best for my second round.
I definitely did just that. I got there on an empty stomach and left feeling ready to explode. Gotta love how all these state fairs celebrate gluttony at its finest…but I can’t say I have any regrets. ;)
Without further ado, here are my favorites of 2013!
Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Puppy from Granny’s Kitchen
This was introduced last year but I couldn’t fit it in, and it was my first item on the list for 2013. It was also my first “fudge puppy,” which is a long waffle on a stick, dipped in fudge and covered in toppings. The peanut butter cup variety was supposed to have peanut butter cups baked right into the batter, although I couldn’t detect them. I would have liked to taste bigger bites of peanut butter cups inside, but the whole thing was delicious regardless! After being covered in fudge, it was coated in whipped cream and drizzled with peanut butter sauce. My kind of breakfast!
Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich from Turkey-To-Go
I had to have something healthy, right?! This was definitely the right choice. A sandwich so big that it required a knife and fork, a toasted bun surrounded a huge pile of shredded turkey. I paid $2.50 extra for blue cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce, and I think it was worth it, even though this was probably the most expensive thing I bought at the Fair. Next year I want to try the brie and cranberry version!
Rhubarb Milkshake from The Dairy Bar
After a major success with the caramel apple last year, I returned in 2013 to try a new flavor. (It looked like the caramel apple had disappeared this year, by the way–sad face!) The rhubarb milkshake wasn’t as good as the caramel apple, but it was still very delicious. Sweet, creamy, and a whole mouthful of textures. I slurped this one down in minutes and my friend joked that it must’ve been good to disappear that fast.
Cheese Curds from Mouth Trap
One of the only items I repeated from last year, I just couldn’t say no to a piping hot basket of fresh cheese curds. They’re so much better than anything you find at fast food chains or the freezer section of your grocery store! I enjoyed them just as much as last year. Although the lines were l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g, they moved continuously and I had my cheese curds in my mouth in less than five minutes.
Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Honey Butter Bacon from Blue Moon Dine-In Theatre
I vowed not to leave the fairgrounds without trying this one! More than any other item offered, I’d been hearing so much buzz about the sweet corn ice cream, and I was more than intrigued. I decided to go all out and top it with the honey butter bacon, and the whole thing was a really yummy mixture of sweet and salty. The fat from the bacon was a little much for me, but I did love the sweetness of the honey and the little bits of bacon on top. A State Fair must-try, for sure! Where else can you get something as crazy as this?
Annnnnd, my favorite pick of the day–something sweet, of course!
Deep-Fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup from Deep Fried Candy Bars
These have been around forever. I remember them being featured on the news when I was a kid, but somehow I never tried one until now. I wasn’t sure if I should expect some kind of crazy KFC-meets-Reese’s concoction or what, but trust me, this was nothing like chocolate fried chicken. It was so good! The batter looked like what you’d find on a corn dog, but it somehow fit perfectly with the chocolatey, peanut-buttery treat. I only planned on eating one, just to taste it, but instead I scarfed down both of the deep-fried peanut butter cups, which came in a set for $4. Deep-fried candy, you have converted me!
And an honorable mention goes to:
Dough-sant from French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
The trendy dough-sant (also called “cronut” elsewhere) was the item I was most excited to try. I’d been hearing so much about this croissant/doughnut cross that I knew I had to try one as soon as I found out the Fair served them. Honestly, this probably isn’t something I’d order again–fad or not, it’s kind of boring compared to all the other food around. It was definitely worth trying once, but I probably won’t jump on the cronut bandwagon again unless vendors start serving fun flavored ones. The dough-sant from French Meadow was kind of a flaky doughnut, served very hot with a little sprinkle of powdered sugar.
It was a tasty year at The Great Minnesota Get-Together and I’m already looking forward to next year! In the meantime, my stomach needs a rest…