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Jun 25, 2014 12:44 PM

State Fair 2014

I think I started the thread the last couple years, may as well keep it up.

New Foods:

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  1. I'm absolutely flabbergasted there is really only one comical bacon wrapped thing. Last year like 60% of the new food was bacon-something somethings.

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    1. re: american_idle

      I think bacon has had its moment. Nothing wrong with bacon, but it's lost its impact as a trendy ingredient after being combined with just about anything remotely palatable.

    2. Most creative/Minnesotan has to be the "jello salad ice cream." It sounds both brilliant and awful, and yet I want to try it.

      A lot of breakfast-themed foods this year. Is the waffle the most common new ingredient?

      Along those lines, the PB&J French Toast sounds like one of those things that someone should have come up with years ago.

      I'm leery about the walleye mac&cheese at Giggles. They did a "walleye roll" (like a lobster roll) a few years ago, which was a good concept and very tasty, but so full of tiny bones that it was impossible to eat.

      Several of these items could be in a mix-and-match game. Pick one from the left column and one from the right column -- any combination works!

      Pizza Strips
      Pretzel Taco
      Prime Rib Dog
      Schnitzel Curds
      Shrimp Tots

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      1. re: Jordan

        That was my immediately thought, Jordan, when I saw the walleye mac & cheese: "I hope it's not full of little bones like the walleye roll was." I thought the walleye roll was actually pretty delicious, but the bones were really off-putting. It makes it impossible to share with my child, too, so we have to sneak over there when he needs a nap and hope he'll sleep through the walleye roll and get him something else when he wakes up.

        And, yeah, waffles are the new thing.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          You can't eat something in front of your kid and use the word no? Not meant as an insult, honestly curious.

          1. re: brlattim

            Well, of course I can, but why would I? The most effective way to get a child curious about unfamiliar foods is to indulge in unfamiliar (to the child foods) whenever possible and let them have little tastes of what you're having. As someone who wants to raise a chowhound, instead of an all white foods eater, I really don't say, "No, you can't taste that" very often. That response is pretty much restricted to various caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

            Also, when my family goes to the state fair, none of us eats a whole order of anything. You wouldn't get to taste very many things that way. We order one of several things and then divide them up so everyone gets a taste of everything. It's kind of mean to reserve one really good looking thing in that setting and say, "This one's all for mommy and nobody else can taste..."