Who doesn’t love the excitement of the State Fair? For many of us, as kids we walked the midway, chewing on roasted corn dripping with butter and licking sticky cotton candy off of our fingers. Those were the simple days of fair foods. Nowadays, fair food is less of a tasty treat and more of a mouth-watering art. Amid an array of fried candy bars and bacon-covered everything, states are taking their fair food to a whole new level. Here are just a few treats we’d like to snag. And devour.
Deep-Fried Texas Bluebonnet: “A blueberry muffin, scone-style batter that is stuffed with cream cheese, blueberries and sweet morsels of white chocolate” is this concoction’s description at the Texas State Fair. A finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards, this fried goodness is topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, more fresh blueberries and a special glaze. Seriously yum!
Funnel Cake Sticks: Ah, a classic fair indulgence. Well, sort of. At the Iowa State Fair, fair-goers had their choice of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry batter deep fried and topped with a smooth icing. It’s everything we love about traditional funnel cakes without all the mess.
Making your own funnel cake is not near as daunting as you may think. This simple Clabber Girl recipe makes it easy.
Chicken-n-Waffle Cone: Despite original cream puffs being the oldest food tradition and crowning glory of the Wisconsin State Fair, we just had to know more about this dish. A finalist in the “Golden Spork Awards,” this fair treat boasts a rosemary cornmeal waffle cone stuffed with Cajun buttermilk fried chicken, blue cheese coleslaw, honey lager maple syrup and beer candied bacon. We didn’t make that up (though we wish we did!).
Fruit Twister Shake-up: This year, our home state of Indiana flaunted the Fruit Twister Shake-up. The refreshing thirst-quencher has long been an Indiana tradition, and the new spin includes lemons, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, sugar, ice and water.
Don’t let summer go by without trying out a few new drinks. Start with Watermelon Lemonade – perfect for sitting on the porch, flipping a few burgers or after mowing the lawn. Just blend 4 cups of watermelon, 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar!
All of these creative recipes were worthy of treks to the State Fair. With all the delicious and innovative choices, we can’t help but wonder what the imagination will cook up next year!