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Between our visit to the fair three years ago, last year, and this year, we have sampled quite a variety of foods. I thought I’d pass on some of our experience to help anyone confused by all the “on a stick” and deep-fried products.
– French Meadow Bakery’s scones. Fresh out of the oven, these perfect-texture scones can be topped with a variety of fruits and/or cream. SOOOOO good!
– French Creperie’s Peaches and Cream crepe. I got this last year and loved it. This year it was still delicious, but trumped by the previously-mentioned scone.
– Gourmet Wild Rice Burger from Wild Rice Specialties. Also in the Food Building. I saw people all day walking around with mediocre-looking burgers and couldn’t bring myself to buy one. But this baby, with a slice of white cheese and sauteed onions and peppers. So delicious! No wonder the Star Tribune gave it 4 stars! Husband had some of it and was equally impressed.
– Pronto Pups. This is a Husband favorite, not mine. I’ve had something against corn dogs my whole life, and though these aren’t corn dogs (the batter is made from wheat flour, not cornmeal), I could do without. He gets at least one every year. 🙂
– Australian Battered Potatoes. We haven’t bought these since the first time we went to the Fair together, simply because the serving is SO HUGE. That first fateful Fair, we started wtih these potatoes and the “all you can drink” milk stand, and we could barely eat another thing the rest of the day. That said, if you’re with a group of 4 or more, or you don’t mind eating one or two and throwing the rest away, or you travel with a cooler, they are delicious and come with a variety of toppings.
– Malts from the Dairy Building (not to be mistaken with the Dairy Bar). The quality of the ice cream and the real fruit blended in makes them the yummiest ones at the Fair!
– Chicago Dogs. Another Husband pick.
– 1919 Root Beer. Don’t bother with any other kind. This is on the outside of the Food Building.
– All You Can Drink Milk. It’s just milk, but all you can drink for $1? The best beverage bargain at the Fair by far.
– Big Fat Bacon. Husband would put it on his “Love it” list. It comes on a stick and has some sweet-ish sauce on it.
– Fudge Puppy. A hot dog-shaped Belgian waffle on a stick, covered in fudge and whipped cream. Certainly a heavy indulgence for breakfast, but hey–it’s the Fair.
– Isabel Burke’s Olde Tyme Taffy. We got some last year, skipped it this year. I think I’m more of a fan of saltwater taffy than Husband is. You can watch them pulling it right in front of you.
– Axel’s Bonfire Stuffed Tater Tots on a Stick. I don’t know that I will get them again, but for a one-time try, they were decent.
Will not get it again:
– Malts from the Kiwanis. We were nearby their stand and had a coupon, so I decided to sample one. They are nowhere near the quality of the ones you can get in the Dairy Building.
– Sweet Martha’s Cookies. I risk being strung up for saying this, but these cookies were an extreme disappointment. Friends and family have raved about them, so my expectations were pretty high. We got a large cone of them this year (versus buying one of the buckets of 4 dozen, thank goodness), and after my first bite, I looked at Husband and shook my head. The batch we got were straight off the pan, so they were warm. The texture was okay, a little bit more crunchy than I expected. The taste was pathetic. All three of the varieties of chocolate chip cookies I make at home are far, far better than Sweet Martha’s. But at least we can say we finally tried them.
– Kids’ Meal at Giggles’ Campfire Grill. It sounded like a bargain: chicken, fries and a dessert for $1.50. The chicken was not, in fact, chicken, but some sort of breaded foamy product in the shape of a smiley face. Anja was not impressed. She ate some of the mediocre fries and all of the graham crackers, but I’d just as soon pack her a few graham crackers from home next time and save myself even the measly amount spent on them.