59 Foods on a Stick
Let’s be honest: state fairs are all about Food on a Stick. The Iowa State Fair offers 59 different food-on-a-stick options this year, in addition to its many other fair food staples. I decided to forego the Salad on a Stick, but here’s a brief review of the items I did sample:
Porkchop on a Stick: Juicily transcendent, with or without barbecue sauce. This succulent treat will haunt my dreams until next year’s fair.
Hot Beef Sundae: A pile of mashed potatoes topped with shredded beef in gravy, grated cheese, and a cherry tomato. Tasty, but if you only have room for one meat option, I recommend you stick with the porkchop (no pun intended). (O.k., pun totally intended.)
Deep Fried Pickle: Second only to the Porkchop on a Stick as my favorite. Together, the two are Fair Food Nirvana. A crunchy, well-seasoned, cornmeal coating encases a juicy dill pickle. Delicious on its own, but even better dipped in ranch dressing.
Corndog: I didn’t sample the corndog myself, but I was assured by my intrepid foodie companions that it was everything a corndog should be.
Deep Fried Twinkie: I had only one bite of this. Meh.
Chocolate-Dipped Cheesecake on a Stick: Complete with graham-cracker crust. Excellent texture and tangy flavor. The chocolate helps it stay on the stick.
Peanut Butter Mousse on a Stick: This is another dessert I didn’t try, but Elaine’s face says it all.
Funnel Cake: a must-have fair classic doused in powdered sugar — what more can I say?
Bauder’s Oreo-Encrusted Peppermint Ice Cream Bar: Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. A thick bar of peppermint ice cream, rolled in crushed Oreos with fudge sauce as a binder. Bauders makes these treats only for the State Fair, so don’t miss out!