Late yesterday afternoon, the powers that be at the great Minnesota get-together made the pre-Fair announcement we wait for all year long. It's not about bands at the Grandstand, the new seeds that will be used in this year's batch of stunning crop art, or the likenesses you may see carved in slick, unsalted butter. No. It's about deep-fried stuff on a stick, Frankenfoods, and concession stands you've never heard of that you'll have to map out in your pre-game plan. It's the list of the 28 new items that will debut at this year's State Fair.
Here are the 10 we're most looking forward to eating, evaluating, and probably writing about again in August.
|Chocolate salami (left) and pizza tots (right)|
10. The item: Pizza Tots, sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, seasonings, and hash browns, deep-fried and served with pizza sauce.
Where to find it: The Green Mill in Baldwin Park.
What we hope it tastes like: An Italian-inspired version of a delicate potato croquette.
What it might actually taste like: The popular convenience foods of elementary school sleepovers all got fused together in the back of the deep freezer.
9. The item: Chocolate dessert salami, chocolate, butter, almonds and walnuts, sliced and served on thin crackers.
Where to find it: Sausage Sisters inside the Food Building.
What we hope it tastes like: A Christmassy hybrid of nutty fudge and flourless chocolate torte, with a nice crispy underpinning.
What it might actually taste like: An under-baked cookie that looks like headcheese.
|Breakfast Juicy LuLu (left) and deep-fried Buckeyes (right)|
8. The item: Deep-fried Buckeyes, peanut butter balls coated in chocolate, dipped in funnel cake batter, deep-fried, and dusted with powdered sugar.
Where to find it: Spaghetti Eddie's on Cooper Street.
What we hope it tastes like: Girl Scout Tagalong cookies, but meltier, and acceptable to eat for breakfast.
What it might actually taste like:
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