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State Fair of Texas Warmup: The Fried Creations Start Rolling In

Deep fried jambalaya at the State Fair of Texas
Deep fried jambalaya at the State Fair of Texas

State fair season is here, especially in northern states that don't have to wait till summer's swelter abates to have a little fried food fun. Iowa and Minnesota recently released their food menus for this year's events, and there's a whole lot more to eat than fried things on a stick. (There is a lot of on-a-stick, too.) Consider this a warmup for the State Fair of Texas.

In Minnesota it looks like the Blue Moon Drive-in Theaters is leading the creativity front. They're not even leaning on bubbling oil to get their food to delicious. Chop dogs feature diced hot dogs cooked on a flat griddle and served in a bread pocket. Don't forget to order yours with chili. They're also making caramel corn with liquid nitrogen, so cups of sweetened confection trail a fog of vapor in the warm summer air.

In the definitely freaky category, Axel's is serving up Wisconsin cheddar cheese nuggets breaded with cocoa puffs, fried and served with a chocolate dipping sauce. Can you picture a toddler going to town on these? The little brown nuggets of melted cheese are sure to require two-dozen napkins at least.

Iowa meanwhile, boasts 60 distinct foods served on a stick. In addition to traditional corn dogs, fair goers can order fried brownies on-a-stick, a soft, salted, chocolate-dipped almond pretzel on-a-stick and something called a coconut mountain, yes, on a stick

There's even a smoothie on a stick, which is thankfully not deep fried. The simple strawberry smoothie is frozen impaled on a stick, and served to those looking for more healthy options of refreshment on a hot summer day.

Speaking of health matters, you better hit the gym, Texans. It won't be long before we're talking about our own coronary on a stick, right here in Dallas.


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