It's that time of year again the Iowa State Fair and it's wide array of funky food. The fair boasts close to 200 food stands, and over 50 items that are available on a stick. This year there are several new foods offered, ranging from, "Oh my gosh that's good," to "Do you really expect people to eat that?!"
There's a tasty little no calorie (ha-ha) treat called "Nothing Spared Fair Square." It's made with marshmallows, crisped rice cereal, pretzels, potato chips, Oreos, toffee and M & M's. And there's the oft advertised Double Bacon Corn Dog, a hot dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried, then dipped in bacon fat enriched batter, and deep fried again! No calories or fat content there!
Also new in 2012, and along a more "normal" side, there are Gourmet s'mores; peach, apple, and cherry crisp; crab fritters; German chocolate funnel cakes; Carrot cake funnel cakes; chocolate covered chocolate chip cookie dough pops on a stick and deep fried pickle dogs.
Not necessarily new, but for the more health conscious, there's fruit on a stick; salad on a stick; baked potatoes; corn on the cob; sandwich wraps; turkey tenderloins, pork chops on a stick; and peanut butter and jelly on a stick.
And more food on a stick there's bacon on a stick; a griddle stick (turkey sausage wrapped in a pancake); Twinkie log (frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate and rolled in cashews) chocolate covered Key Line dream bar; hot bologna; Monkey tail (chocolate covered banana); deep fried Snickers; Milky Way; Twinkie; HoHo's; cupcakes; and for cooling off, popsicles, and push-ups.
Any of you who have been faced with feeding a family at the fair know that it's a bit costly. There are however items offered for sale that are reasonably priced: apples; apple cookies; baked beans; baked potato; beef jerky; breakfast turkey sausage on a stick; chips; cole slaw; cup of chili; egg rolls; French fries; homemade chips; hot dogs; kettle corn; tacos, and tostadas or burritos, all selling last year at $2.00 or under.
So there's your fair food at a glance. If you're a gourmet, the Heritage Museum Gift Shop in Morrison has the newest edition of the Iowa State Fair prize winning recipes cookbook for sale stop in and get one!