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Taste something new on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair

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Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 25, 2013

If you thought the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair had over-the-top stuff to eat, get ready for the 2013 edition.

Order up some beer-battered macaroni and cheese bites with jack cheese and bacon on a stick. Or deep-fried peanut butter and bacon nuggets with Berry Weiss jelly. Or garlic-buttered new potatoes on a stick. Or BBQ pulled pastrami with zesty red cabbage slaw. Or a Krispy Kreme burger with spicy pig candy (that's also bacon-y).

Those are just some of the 70 new menu items-21 of them on a stick-for this year's State Fair, which runs Aug. 1 to 11.

Clearly, the fair is ramping up its offerings. Last year, the fair added 57 new foods, which itself was a big jump from previous year's menus. Last year, for example, the fair added a deep-fried bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog on a stick. This year, there'll be a beer-battered, bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog on a stick.

Other, um, highlights from the fair's new-foods lineup:

Bacon-alia: At least a dozen of the new offerings include bacon. In addition to the above-mentioned morsels, there's a brown sugar bacon-wrapped hot dog on a stick; a hot pretzel with bacon and chocolate sauce; and something called the Better With Bacon Bar on a stick.

Silly sweets on a stick: Speared desserts include Mela Fritta gelato, peanut butter chocolate twister and Frosted Flakes chicken-all on a stick (not the same one, of course; that'll be on next year's lineup).

You'll have to eat it to believe it: Just going by the names of these, you're in for a surprise-or a shudder: Thanksgiving waffle, garbage fries, deep-fried taco cheesecake, Elvis sundae.

The official food of Homer Simpson: Or, it should be-beer doughnuts.

All new fair foods are subject to change. For a complete list of new foods, and the vendors selling them, at the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair, go to the fair's website: wistatefair.com.

NEW FAIR FOODS

Wisconsin State Fair visitors hoping to find something new to eat won't be disappointed this year. The fair plans to offer 72 new items, including 21 things on a stick. This list is subject to change:

Bacon Brat On a Stick

Bacon Cheddar Chipotle Burger

Badger State Burger

BBQ Burger

BBQ Peel-n-Eat Shrimp

BBQ Pulled Pastrami with Zesty Red Cabbage Slaw

Beer-Battered Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Hot Dog On a Stick

Beer-Battered Brat Bites On a Stick

Beer-Battered Bratwurst On a Stick

Beer-Battered Deep-Fried Sliders

Beer-Battered Macaroni & Cheese Bites with Jack Cheese and Bacon On a Stick

Beer Doughnuts

Better with Bacon Bar On a Stick

Breakfast "Brat-Eat-O"

Brioche con Gelato La Coppa

Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog On a Stick

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Butter Burgers

Cajun Frog Legs On a Stick

Cajun Mac & Cheese

Cajun Spiced Grilled Shrimp On a Stick

Cheddar Jalapeno Bacon Brat

Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Fries

Chimichurri Steak with Green Sauce On a Stick

Chipotle Ranch Chicken Sticks

Cinnamon Knots

Cuban Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

Cuban Plantain Chips with Guacamole

Deep-Fried Nachos

Deep-Fried Peanut Butter & Bacon Nuggets with Berry Weiss Jelly

Deep-Fried Pepper Jack & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese On a Stick

Deep-Fried Pickle Bites On a Stick

Deep-Fried Taco Cheesecake

Ding Dong

Dippin' Dots Floats

Elvis Sundae

Frosted Flakes Chicken On a Stick

Fruit & Muffin Parfaits

Fry Dog On a Stick

Garbage Fries

Garlic Buttered New Potatoes On a Stick

Ham and Cheeseburger

Hot Pretzel with Bacon & Chocolate Sauce

Iced Irish Coffee Float

Jerk Chicken On a Stick

Krispy Kreme Burger with Spicy Pig

Candy

Loaded Cornbread

Mela Fritta Gelato On a Stick

Mac Attack

Minidilla (small quesadilla)

Mini Philly Sandwich

Peanut Butter Chocolate Twister On a Stick

Peanut Squares

Philly Cheese Fries

Pizza Cone

Pizza Fries

Pizza Nachos

Pork Sliders

Rasta Shrimp Sliders

Reuben Brat on a Pretzel Roll

Reuben Bites On a Pretzel Stick

Island Slaw

Spicy Pig Candy On a Stick

Spicy White Cheddar Popcorn

Steak & Egg On a Stick

Thanksgiving Waffle

Vegetable Fried Rice

Walking Taco



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