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Fydeaux Aug 10, 2009 08:44 AM

Most notable of the list of new foods served on a stick at this year's State Fair was Chocolate-Covered Bacon. It is available at The Machine Shed stand on the western side of the park. It is $3.00 per serving; a serving is 2 skewers of chocolate covered bacon.

Having tried it, I find I feel about it the same way I feel about Las Vegas: I didnt hate it, but having tried it, I can safely say I dont ever need to try it again.

It was good, thick, crisp bacon, no doubt. The chocolate coating was thick. The taste was pretty much bleh. I dont think that it would have been improved by better, dark chocolate.

It wasnt too absurd for this food enthusiast to try, but it definitely goes in the category of "Just because it CAN be done doesnt mean that it SHOULD be done."

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    japanabanana Aug 13, 2009 01:13 PM

    Bacon and chocolate is not a novel concept. Here's a link for some high-end product
    http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/catego...

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      Fydeaux Aug 13, 2009 02:11 PM

      I know; there were also mentions made in another thread about "Is there anything that doesnt go with bacon?" or something like that.

      This version was no treat.

      Just one dog's opinion.

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      Diane in Bexley Aug 12, 2009 08:13 AM

      We used to go to the Wisc State Fair when we lived in the northern Chicago suburbs. Haven't been in at least 10 years. Do they still make the best cream puffs? We used to stand in line for hours with our kids and make a whole meal out of them (you don't want to know how many 2 adults and 2 kids can consume!).

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        Fydeaux Aug 12, 2009 11:26 AM

        The cream puffs are indeed still the stuff of dreams, and they have the lines pretty much streamlined so that they move along pretty smoothly. They have also set up a booth that opens from the north side of the dairy building where you can get single cream puffs or a six-pack to go.

        1. re: Diane in Bexley
          Niki in Dayton Aug 12, 2009 11:33 AM

          Diane - better than the ones from Schmidt's Sausage House in German Village in Columbus? If so, I'm impressed; those are the best I've had!

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            Diane in Bexley Aug 12, 2009 01:09 PM

            OOOOOO Nikki, SOOOO much better! Schmidt's doesn't use real whipped cream, they put stabilizers or other junk in there. Trust me, these are real whipped cream. You have to eat them ASAP as they will literally melt before you can move them too much.

            1. re: Diane in Bexley
              Niki in Dayton Aug 12, 2009 01:28 PM

              I thought they used custard....guess I'm not very savvy about cream puffs! I'll admit, it's been a long time since I've had one :-)

              1. re: Niki in Dayton
                Living4fun Aug 13, 2009 06:54 AM

                Sounds like you may be confusing cream puffs with eclairs. Chocolate eclairs have a custard filling.

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                  johnb Aug 15, 2009 08:10 AM

                  The difference between an eclair and a cream puff is the shape, not the filling. A cream puff is globular in shape and usually the size of a softball or so. An eclair is a tube usually about the size of a hot dog. Either can be filled with pastry cream or whipped cream, or at times other things such as ice cream, vanilla pudding, etc. etc. I've never been to the Wisconsin state fair, but I gather those are filled with whipped cream.

        2. Monch Aug 10, 2009 01:00 PM

          Funny you should post this.

          Several months ago there was a clever, yet cynical, quip on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me". It was about this supposedly fictitious product....Chocolate Covered Bacon.

          Sure enough, someone was making it, already and sent the show a box. My wife was so intrigued about the combination of two of our favorite things that she made a note of the supplier's name.

          We ordered a pound.

          I'm with Fydeaux. I can say I've tried it. It did nothing for me. Guess it's the same whether it's mail-order or "fresh" on a stick at the Fair.

          Fortunately, my wife is a teacher and put the remaining 15 ounces of product in the Teacher's Lounge. If anyone reading this is a teacher, you know what happened to the product.....and how fast!

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            mike_d Aug 10, 2009 12:42 PM

            Thanks for sacrificing your taste buds for the benefit of others. :-)

            I was going to try it, but couldn't bring myself to.

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