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AnneInMpls Aug 10, 2009 04:40 PM

Is it too soon to talk about the Minnesota State Fair? I can hardly wait! Going to the fair is the high point of my year. (That's how you tell a REAL Minnesotan from all those fakers.)

I've started updating my obsessive list of All Foods At The Fair (link soon). As of 17 days before the fair, the Food Finder isn't working yet, but I found a list of new foods in the press kit - click on the Press Room link at the bottom of the page at http://www.mnstatefair.org . (The New Foods list is on p.85; the foods-on-a-stick list is on p.39.)

This year's theme seems to be Potatoes and Pig Cheeks, as summarized at WCCO:

Some of these new foods sound kinda good - especially the sunnies!

So, what fair treats are you looking forward to this year?


  1. MSPD Aug 10, 2009 06:20 PM

    Actually, I'm contemplating what to eat for breakfast for the first time. I usually don't get there right away at the morning, but I'm staffing a booth for the group I volunteer with from 9 - 1.

    I'm interested in ideas if you've got 'em. (And I don't want to do the sit down pancake breakfasts...yawn).

    After the volunteering, I'll be doing my usual pork chop on a stick, corn and milk shake. Plus some of my wife's fries and cone of Sweet Martha's cookies.

    This will be my 20th straight year!

    11 Replies
    1. re: MSPD
      robertsscotty Aug 10, 2009 06:34 PM

      Check out the crepe stand, when I convinced my girlfriend to go early one year, we ate there and now we can't miss it. The food building has b-fast pizza and the French Meadow has warm scones with fresh fruit and whipped cream. I think everyone should give the fair an early start at least once, you get b-fast, snack, lunch, snack and something to bring home and your home buy 3pm, without having to deal with long lines and the heat. Don't get me wrong I also go a 2nd time and get there later because the later you go the better the people watching.

      1. re: robertsscotty
        Fudist Aug 10, 2009 06:45 PM

        Oh wow it seems every year they put out something new that just beckons me to return. Pig Cheeks now that's something I wanna die with a mouthful of. Hopefully the pork doesn't lose all moisture when impaled.

      2. re: MSPD
        alexstpaul Aug 10, 2009 06:57 PM

        If you are a coffee drinker, I highly recommend the coffee shop inside the Farmer's Union building. It's run by J&S, a St. Paul coffee shop, and it's got the best coffee in town. There is a tiny patio in the back of the building where you can almost always get a seat for some peace and quiet.

        1. re: alexstpaul
          soupkitten Aug 10, 2009 08:54 PM

          2nd this. they had really good live modern (& uber-traditional, too) folk music last year, as well. the back patio is our default meeting place when waiting for reinforcements-- there is also the "secret bathroom" back there that tends to be less gross than the rest of the fair ;-P

          i liked the frozen coffee last year. i'm also pretty ready for my honey ice cream and fried green tomatoes!

          1. re: soupkitten
            tex.s.toast Aug 10, 2009 09:04 PM

            i like the way you think sk.

            tomatoes and corn fritters, honey sunflower ice cream, the strangely compelling turkey sandwiches, alligator sausage on a stick are only some of the things im looking for. frozen apple juice pops also.

          2. re: alexstpaul
            MSPD Aug 11, 2009 07:11 AM

            Excellent. I'm very familiar with J&S Bean Factory but have never paid attention to coffee at the Fair.

            Strange, but honey sunflower ice cream sounds like it has some serious breakfast potential as well.

            Frankly, as the years go by, I'm less and less intrigued by Fair foods. The breakfast angle and being on the other side of a booth has returned some of the interest. Thanks for the suggestions.

          3. re: MSPD
            KristinT013 Aug 10, 2009 07:38 PM

            We always start our Fair day with a breakfast burrito from Tejas. In our case we wash it down with the first cold beer of the day, but perhaps that would be ill advised before staffing a booth.


            1. re: MSPD
              Bobannon Aug 11, 2009 09:03 AM

              You have to get a Scotch Egg for breakfast. Yum. I can't wait either.

              1. re: MSPD
                daniellempls Aug 11, 2009 11:10 AM

                Well, I worked every day of the fair in '06, and we got coupons for free breakfast burritos from Tejas. And I think I had one every day. They are great comfort food with eggs and cheese, potatoes, sausage and salsa. mmmm Think about sharing, though, since it is filling.
                Otherwise, I second waiting for the footlong hot dog place to open. A foot long with onions, ketchup and mustard is my mom's and now my stand by 'first thing to eat.'
                I type this as I am eating my sandwich for lunch and suddenly it just doesn't taste as good.

                Beyond all the 'new' foods, I love there is stuff that is still 'new to me.' Like last year was the first year I actually tried a Fudge Puppy. Not amazing, but pretty gooey and tasty.This year I must try the crepes. Something from the International Bazaar, too. Anybody have any good 'oldies but goodies' that are not considered stand-bys?

                1. re: daniellempls
                  debbie421 Aug 11, 2009 11:35 AM

                  Two hidden treasures I rarely see mentioned are the Gizmo sandwiches (cheesy, Italian goodness) and the Cini-minnies (miniature cinnamon rolls with your choice of icing or custard). They're fairly close to the Purina pet center.

                  This isn't super interesting, but I always have to get the Cajun fried pickles. So addicitive.

                  1. re: debbie421
                    Davydd Aug 11, 2009 02:17 PM

                    I agree about the Gizmo sandwich. Here is a photo of one.

              2. reservationsplease Aug 10, 2009 08:29 PM

                The food is secondary. My dad took us to the fair when we were young and when we were tired we would sit on a bench and watch the different types of fair goers. My dad had a great sense of humor. He would tell us what and where each individual had come from whether it was from under a rock or from outer space. I kept the trait and handed it onto my kids. My wife hates it and thing it's totally wrong. So every year I take my kids, without my wife to enjoy the rides, animals, and the people. The kids love it and can't wait till next year to see what kinds of twisted, strange people have decided to venture out into the public eye for all of us to enjoy. As for the food Danielson's onion rings are the beat.

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                  BigE Aug 11, 2009 07:51 AM

                  I'm pumped, as I always am.

                  Growing up, my parents always took us to fair in the morning. I'm talking, walking through the gates before 7am, when nothing was open. We'd hit the pancake houses and I've never been particularly impressed with them. I'd wait until the first footlong hot dog stand was open, and I'd go from there.

                  My new favorite from last year was the elk burger, although I can't remember what the name of the stand was...it's right by the lumberjack activities.

                  8 Replies
                  1. re: BigE
                    tex.s.toast Aug 11, 2009 08:05 AM

                    same place with the walleye cakes (!) and the salmon on the stick (just ok). what is the name of that booth - its the one that looks like a log cabin, right?

                    1. re: tex.s.toast
                      kevin47 Aug 13, 2009 09:23 PM

                      I was so delighted to read your praise of alligator sausage, and now you have to go throw the salmon on a stick under the bus? For me, that is a tier-one state fair dish. Innovative and generous plating, great flavor, and a perfect location to enjoy it (sitting down).

                      1. re: kevin47
                        tex.s.toast Aug 13, 2009 11:46 PM

                        between the salmon and walleye cakes there is not choice, and while i get the scandanavian heritage thing with the salmon, and know that the walleye is almost definitely canadian, ill pick the cakes over the salmon, its not bad, just not my preference (im only going to get to the fair once this year, sadly)

                      2. re: tex.s.toast
                        mngal Aug 19, 2009 08:10 PM


                        1. re: tex.s.toast
                          Haricotsv2 Aug 20, 2009 12:10 AM

                          I think it's Giggle's. And don't forget creampuff's!

                          1. re: Haricotsv2
                            St Paul Susie Aug 20, 2009 07:40 AM

                            I love those cream puffs!

                        2. re: BigE
                          Davydd Aug 11, 2009 08:12 AM

                          The elk burgers were at Giggle's Campfire Grill. That's one of my favorite food stops.

                          I will sadly miss the fair this year as I will be on the road traveling throughout the West the whole time of the fair. I will have other interesting food pursuits. :)

                          1. re: Davydd
                            BigE Aug 12, 2009 07:10 AM

                            Giggles...that was it. I'll definitely be back there.

                        3. Davydd Aug 11, 2009 08:34 AM

                          Here is the Minnesota State Fair Food Finder website.


                          You can do a search and find whatever you may want on a stick. :)

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                            Quince Aug 11, 2009 04:00 PM

                            Does anyone have a suggestion for a stand with a great bratwurst at the fair? My dad is coming to town during the fair (obviously not from the Midwest) and this is the one thing he really wants to try.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Quince
                              robertsscotty Aug 11, 2009 06:38 PM

                              Check out the Ballpark Cafe and get one plus they have great garlic fries, they are not homemade fries but they toss them in garlic and parsley, they are awsome.

                              1. re: Quince
                                daniellempls Aug 11, 2009 07:21 PM

                                The Sausage Sisters stand in the food building has the normal brat, plus a range of fancy ones. They make their own sausages I believe.

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                                Ackackadack Aug 11, 2009 09:24 PM

                                I will be back for Sausages by Cynthia (I've seen them for years but never tried one until last year...fantastic! They were across from the Dairy Bldg.) Also will be back for these tamales that I got from a vendor that was in the southeast corner of the International Bazaar. They were handing out samples, which I gratefully accepted and walked away with, until I took my first bite and stopped dead in my tracks. I HAD to turn around and buy some. TDF!!

                                1. k
                                  kevin47 Aug 13, 2009 09:37 PM

                                  I am looking forward to:

                                  Bacon on a stick: Perfect state fair food. The orange sauce is icing on the, um, bacon.

                                  Ole & Lena's Cheese Curds: Not overbearingly salty, but the differentiator is the lingonberry cream sauce.

                                  Gizmo: The quintessential second-visit food. Great dinner before a bandstand show.

                                  Salmon on a stick: To this day, I make turkey sandwiches with cream cheese, onion and jam, all thanks to the good people at Giggle's Campfire Grill.

                                  Alligator: I pivot between the bites and the sausage. Apparently, though, they have added legs and ribs?

                                  Deep Fried Candy Bar: When in Rome.

                                  Deep Fried Pepporoncinis: About the only spicy thing you can find at the fair.

                                  Australian Potatoes: The guiltiest of guilty pleasures.

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                                  1. re: kevin47
                                    BigE Aug 14, 2009 07:42 AM

                                    Oh, the Australian potatoes...what a delicious, grease filled heart attack of a treat.

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                                    gromit Aug 18, 2009 08:24 AM

                                    Like some others, I'm contemplating Fair breakfast options. The crepes sound like a great idea, as does the breakfast burrito, but I remember last year hearing about some breakfast-styled corn dog options involving a breakfast sausage and pancake batter. This year I find myself thinking I could really go for something like that.

                                    Any insight on where to find and whether it's worth it? I searched the "on-a-stick" options on the fair food finder and didn't have any luck...


                                    4 Replies
                                    1. re: gromit
                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 19, 2009 05:16 AM

                                      That's at the Epiphany Cafe, gromit, pancake on a stick.


                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2009 03:49 PM

                                        Hey there, I just wanted to report that pancake on a stick has been removed from the menu at Epiphany Diner. Sorry if I sent anyone on a wild goose chase. They told me that they took it off their menu recently.


                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                          Uisge Sep 2, 2009 09:30 AM

                                          Someone else has it, though. There's a coupon in the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book (but I can't remember where I left it).

                                          1. re: Uisge
                                            The Dairy Queen Sep 2, 2009 09:33 AM

                                            In different thread, gromit says it's at Williamette (the one by the eco building, near Salem Lutheran Church dining hall).


                                    2. AnneInMpls Aug 18, 2009 08:18 PM

                                      Stopping by to say that I've already tried one of the new foods for this year!

                                      The wine tasting booth apparently will have Ruby Raspberry Wine ice cream this year. Like last year, Izzy's is making the ice cream for them. When we stopped in tonight after dinner at Trotter's (buffalo cheeseburger - yum!), I noticed a hand-written sign on one of the ice-cream tubs. I've learned that these signs indicate very interesting contents, so I asked about it. The scoopers advised me to get it now or never, as it's a one-time thing for the fair.

                                      It was delicious - very creamy, with a punch of raspberry and a tart, tangy flavor from the raspberry wine. I asked if they were making a second flavor for the fair (there were two last year), but the scoopers didn't know.

                                      If y'all hurry down tomorrow afternoon, there might still be some Ruby Raspberry ice cream left. And if there isn't, be sure to try the lemon-lingonberry sorbet. It's in my top-five list of Izzy's ice cream - I love it because it's super tart and lemony, yet still very sweet.


                                      4 Replies
                                      1. re: AnneInMpls
                                        snoboardbabe77 Aug 21, 2009 10:52 AM

                                        Anne -There is a wine tasting booth? I must've missed that one last year (too full from $8.00 fat tire beers and pronto pups)...Can you tell me where it is?

                                        I always look forward to Sausage by Cynthia. I'm not a huge meat eater-but once a year, the sausage choices and a pronto pup.

                                        For those who always talk about Sweet Marthas cookies-just an FYI( & I know you won't get the cool bucket either) but for less than $5.00, you can purchase pre-made cookies that you put straight to the baking sheet at Kowalskis. They're just as good and you can take out as many or as little as you'd like.

                                        1. re: snoboardbabe77
                                          MSPD Aug 21, 2009 11:53 AM

                                          This is kind of like the Philly cheesesteak, the egg cream, a lobster boil, or the Chicago dog for me....most of what's unique about a Sweet Martha's cookie is what's going on around me when I'm eating them.

                                          (but, yeah, I've had them at home too)

                                          1. re: MSPD
                                            kevin47 Aug 21, 2009 01:54 PM

                                            Which, on that note, wine at the fair? I've tried it, but the wines aren't right, the atmosphere isn't right. It just doesn't work.

                                            Wine ice cream is definitely closer to the wheelhouse.

                                          2. re: snoboardbabe77
                                            AnneInMpls Aug 21, 2009 12:11 PM

                                            Snoboardbabe, the wine booth is called "MN Wine Country", and it's in the Ag/Hort building (the octagonal structure with the crop art and honey and apples and Christmas trees). Type "wine" into the food finder to see the vendor description.

                                            They sell glasses of Minnesota wine - but no free tastes, unfortunately. And as of last year (or two years ago?) they started offering some food, including wine ice cream made by Izzy's. Last year's flavors were excellent (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5397... ). I think they do different flavors every year.


                                        2. AnneInMpls Sep 1, 2009 08:44 AM

                                          Ah, life has gotten crazy, so I haven't updated my "All Foods at the Fair" list for this year. And the fair's almost half over already!

                                          But my first trip to the fair is this afternoon (gonna be in the parade!), so I did do a list of all the new foods. It's not exactly the same as the one via the fair's Food Finder - I didn't include the samples of water & stuff, and I *did* include unpublicized things like Izzy's wine ice cream.

                                          Here's a link to the 2009 New Foods list, for what it's worth. It's a one-page PDF file. (Errors are all mine, and I apologize. I'll be updating the list tonight, after some one-the-ground research.)

                                          And for reports on the new food, be sure to see this year's other fair thread:


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                                            St Paul Susie Sep 1, 2009 01:05 PM

                                            2 Fair visits done..... brief wrap up ....

                                            Best - Cream Puffs - excellent & as stated previously well priced.
                                            close second - macaroons from salty tart.

                                            Pretty Good -
                                            chicken/pita at holy land - nice break from stick based fair foods. Very fresh
                                            Fresh French Fries - the big booth across from the midway. - bottom of the cup was soggy as noted by a prior poster.

                                            Never again....
                                            mini donuts (absolutely drenched in sugar)
                                            corn dogs (2 different booths, 2 different days, both horrible)
                                            CinnBuns near the cow barn - like a rock.
                                            Taffy - ditto - rock like - leftover from 2008?

                                            The same every year - sweet martha's cookies

                                            I missed the honey ice cream this year - wasn't hungry for it when I was near it. Oh well. I've had a lot of Izzy's recently so don't shed a tear.

                                            5 Replies
                                            1. re: St Paul Susie
                                              karykat Sep 2, 2009 05:50 PM

                                              We are going to the fair tomorrow night to hear some (free!) New Orleans music. We haven't been in many years and I'm really looking forward to it. Have been hankering for a corn dog. But it sounds like St. Paul Susie has run into some bad ones. Any spots that have particularly good ones? Or are they all about the same? We will be going to a stage that is near the food building.

                                              And, by the way, are pronto pups and corn dogs the same thing? Are PP just a brand name?

                                              1. re: karykat
                                                Haricotsv2 Sep 2, 2009 07:54 PM

                                                I'm pretty sure that Pronto Pups have different batter. They are my favorite personally.

                                                1. re: karykat
                                                  AnneInMpls Sep 2, 2009 09:16 PM

                                                  According to my research (haphazardly conducted on the fair's food finder), a Pronto Pup has a (white) flour-batter coating, and a Poncho Dog has a corn-batter coating.

                                                  So if you need a CORN dog, head for a Poncho Dog stand (they're few and far between) or look for a tell-tale "corn dog" sign.


                                                  1. re: AnneInMpls
                                                    The Dairy Queen Sep 2, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                    I had heard the same thing (about the Pronto Pup batter being flour based), probably here on Chowhound, but I read an interview (not that I can remember where, mind you) with the creators of the Pronto Pup that their batter does have some corn meal in it, but, apparently not as much as your average corn dog.


                                                    1. re: AnneInMpls
                                                      karykat Sep 3, 2009 08:42 AM

                                                      Thanks for this pronto dog/pronto pup guidance. I would not have suspected.

                                                      Will be looking for the corn dog signs.

                                                2. MSPD Sep 1, 2009 07:37 PM

                                                  So after reading the raves on here for a couple years, and never getting the chance, I tried the honey sunflower ice cream, and.....YAWN. Sunflower seeds make a good addition to ice cream but all in all, there are probably 100 flavors in the case at Cub that would get me more excited. Disappointing.

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                                                  1. re: MSPD
                                                    faith Sep 2, 2009 12:54 AM

                                                    MSPD, I agree about the sunflower ice cream. Crepe place's strawberry whipped cream crepe is much more worth it imo. They told me they hand sliced the strawberries and they make the whipped cream, plus the crepes are made from scratch...a labor of love including one boy who looked around 7 who seemed to be running things, very on top of it. Crepes are kind of similar to blintzes, at least the batter, made me think someone should have a blintz stand at the Fair....about the only thing that isn't there yet!

                                                    1. re: faith
                                                      carolita Sep 2, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                      i continue to love the honey sunflower ice cream sundae with honey. i especially enjoyed it this year as it seemed that the sunflower seeds were a tad crispier and saltier as a perfect counter to the sweet creamy ice cream. love how the honey gets nice and hard on the ice cream. we sit outside on a bench near the christmas trees and across from the sunflowers to eat our sundae then mosey thru the christmas tree exhibit and drink in the smells and feel like "ah, this is the state fair we know and love" - tradition!

                                                      we didn't eat as much as usual, but really enjoyed what we had:

                                                      coconut macaroons from the little salty tart stand outside the agriculture building. at first i thought "what, 3 of those little things for $5??!!" but then i remember, no bargains on food at the fair, but where else do you get the memories and atmosphere that come with being at the fair? so i bit and so glad i did. they are scrumptious - hard and crispy on the outside, soft and coconutty on the inside and with a little salt tang. best macaroons i've ever had.

                                                      a big cup of summit october or octoberfest beer at the bonnie raitt grandstand show was just the ticket to enhance the night air, music, crowd, experience of watching the evening sky, feeling of community and all that an outdoor concert can bring.

                                                      had a dish of fried green tomatoes. i liked the coating, but thought the tomato was tasteless and the ranch dressing did not enhance it. wanted to like it, but thought it was a waste of money and fat cells.

                                                      after two days at the fair this year, i'm probably done, but can't wait to experience it again in 2010.

                                                      1. re: carolita
                                                        carolita Sep 2, 2009 02:42 PM

                                                        oh,one more delicious item: the white (or is it yellow?) cupcake with loads of buttercream frosting (just the way i like it) with a few sprinkles of dried lavendar on top. purchased at the french meadow bakery building. i took it home to share - put it in the refrig first - and oh so good!

                                                        1. re: carolita
                                                          AnneInMpls Sep 2, 2009 09:19 PM

                                                          Oh, I'm very pleased to learn about the vanilla-lavendar cupcake. I think I need one tomorrow.

                                                          I'm so lucky to be able to go to the fair 4 days in a row - it's amazing how much food I can sample in this short amount of time. Thanks for all the reports!


                                                        2. re: carolita
                                                          MSPD Sep 2, 2009 05:02 PM

                                                          Glad you liked it. I guess the secret is to pay the extra $1 or whatever to put actual honey on it. Otherwise it's just yellowish ordinary vanilla ice cream with sunflower seeds in it (my seeds had no salt flavor unfortunately).

                                                          1. re: MSPD
                                                            The Dairy Queen Sep 2, 2009 09:40 PM

                                                            Such a bummer to have high expectations and be disappointed.

                                                            Yep, the honey-topping is key, though I wish there were a way to get a smaller honey-covered serving than the sundae. It's just too much, even for two people (assuming you plan to eat other things at the fair...) and ice cream is one of those things that's hard to share with more than one other person. I do like the honey ice cream on its own, without the honey topping, but the distinct taste of the honey is pretty subtle. I suppose they could be varying the kind of honey they're using from batch to batch and year to year, and you got a particularly uninteresting taste, but probably not as presumably they have standards for this sort of thing and you wouldn't expect much variation in commercial production. I can't say I've noticed much change year-to-year, though I can't say my taste-memory year over year is that accurate.

                                                            To me, the sunflowers add mostly texture.

                                                            I've always wondered if the yellow color is more than just the color of the honey (though, suppose it depends on what kind of honey they're using) and gets a boost from a little food dye. Hard to say, though, since you can't find this exact ice cream anywhere else and there's no opportunity to examine the label. I've had the honey sunflower seed ice cream from the U of M Dairy Lab thanks to a fellow hound who brought some to a chowdown for me and it, too, had a definite yellow hue. I don't remember seeing food dye among the ingredients, but that was awhile ago. Here's some photos of someone making honey ice cream at home and it's definitely yellow though who knows what kind of honey s/he's using. http://besottedgourmet.com/2009/05/27...


                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                              faith Sep 2, 2009 10:26 PM

                                                              I'm pretty certain that I asked if there was yellow coloring in the honey sunflower ice cream and was told yes.

                                                              1. re: faith
                                                                The Dairy Queen Sep 2, 2009 10:35 PM

                                                                I wish there were a way to know for sure, as a yellow color is entirely achievable without dye. I guess fair vendors don't have to post their ingredients the way fast food joints do. That would be a crazy amount of red tape just for 12 days a year. Heck, I wish they'd just make that ice cream available year-round (and then we'd know the ingredients!) but I suppose that would just ruin the special-ness of getting it at the Fair only one a year.


                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                  MSPD Sep 3, 2009 08:11 AM

                                                                  Re: the yellow color, it looked exactly like that cheap vanilla-type store bought ice cream. Maybe "French Vanilla" or whatever....it's some variation of vanilla. This had the same color, texture and flavor.

                                                                  Obviously, always wanting to reaffirm my chowhoundishness credentials, I was trying so hard to detect the "subtle" flavors of honey and just couldn't find them.

                                                                  Oh well...the cheese curds were good (although we split the order between the five of us in the family and I only got maybe 4 blobs).

                                                                  1. re: MSPD
                                                                    The Dairy Queen Sep 3, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                    Maybe you would have liked it before it went downhill, when it was apparently yellower and more honey'ish? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4340...

                                                                    Ah, well, to each his own. We use honey as sweetener at home almost exclusively and I do think I can tell the difference, though I don't think it's a wallop. I certainly don't taste vanilla as a prominent flavor in it. (Although, I haven't yet had the h.s.i.c. this year. I hope it hasn't changed from last year!).

                                                                    I suppose one woman's honey-sweet fair favorite is another man's cheap French vanilla. (I agree with you on texture by the way--unless something has changed, Kemp's produces the h.s.i.c. for the fair, so it's unsurprising that it has that typical Kemp's texture. )

                                                                    Not everything is for everyone of course, except for cheese curds. Too bad you only got four. You might have to squeeze in another trip to the fair, yet. It's a long wait until next August.


                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                      MSPD Sep 3, 2009 03:06 PM

                                                                      Ha! It's probably a GOOD thing I only got four. I spent the first few hours there volunteering in the Health Fair 11 building which included me being the early morning guinea pig on the blood pressure, cholesterol and weight devices. Talk about scare tactics. Thankfully all numbers are trending in the right direction!!

                                                        3. re: faith
                                                          clepro Sep 12, 2009 01:08 PM

                                                          I love the crepes at the Fair too. They sell savory versions besides the sweet; I usually get the guyere and ham, or lemon and confect sugar, or chocolate and strawberry. This year was the first in ten or more that I didn't make it to the crepes.

                                                          But this year I too tried the honey sunflower ice cream and wasn't the least bit disappointed. I thought it was fabulous, with just the right amount of honey flavor and toasted salty snap of sunflower seeds, a type of seed I usually don't like at all, and probably the reason it took me so long to try it.

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