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Frisalino on a Stick? Rube Dog? Sure!

Kate Welsh
July 18, 2018

You've heard of deep-fried butter—maybe you've even tried it—but have you heard of Chicken in a Waffle on a Stick? How about Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine? Cookie Dough Spaghetti? No? That's because the 2018 Iowa State Fair hasn't started yet.

Come August 11, the 164-year-old state fair will open its gates again. And you know what that means? So many mindblowing food offerings. This year, according to the Des Moines Register, the fair will offer 56 brand new foods (12 up from last year) for Iowans' eating pleasure. Some of it sounds extremely cute: I for one would love to get my hands on a Tiny Tator, whatever that is. Some of it I don't even recognize: Frisalino on a Stick? I mean, I'm here for it. Some of it sounds bonkers delicious: Whatever the Salty Caramel Lightning Rod Ice Cream is, give it to me.

Here's a selection of the fair's most anticipated delicacies: 

  • All Iowa Belly Up Burger 
  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine 
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters  
  • Apple Eggrolls
  • Pickle Beer 
  • Duck Bacon Wonton
  • Deep Fried Pecan Pie On A Stick 
  • Salty Caramel Lightning Rod Ice Cream 
  • Lamb Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
  • Caribbean Leg of Lamb Taco 
  • Toasted Turkey Bomber 
  • Rube Dog 
  • Rainbow Popcorn 
  • Popcorn On A Stick (Shape of Iowa) 
  • Tiny Tator 
  • Double Dutch Almond Funnel Cake
  • Cookie Dough Spaghetti 
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla
  • Pickle Popper 
  • Honey Sriracha Cheese Stix 
  • Chicken In A Waffle On A Stick
  • Cookie Dough In A Waffle On A Stick 
  • Poffertjes 

Fairgoers can vote on the best new food via the fair's app until August 14. May the best snack-on-a-stick win. (I'm pulling for the Deep Fried Pecan Pie on a Stick, myself.) 


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