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New State Fair Foods We Can't Stop Thinking About

State fair food alert! Minnesota and Iowa just revealed the new eats we can expect this summer. Here are 10 that have us drooling.

Where else but a state fair can you dine on a strip of bacon deep-fried, dipped in funnel cake batter, then deep-fried again? Let's just say we were pretty excited when Iowa and Minnesota revealed the new foods for their state fairs this year. While we're waiting to see what the other Midwest state fairs have in store, here are 10 foods we know we need in our life: 

Minnesota State Fair (August 25-September 5)

Carpe Diem A dessert with a name that embodies our attitude toward state fair dining. The buttermilk miso waffle cone overflows with balsamic-roasted strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream.

Carpe Diem

Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Bites Sounds delicious already, but the true magic is in the details. The white cheddar cheese blends with beer batter, and that red dipping sauce? Marinara with bloody mary mix.

Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Bites

Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Strawberry Donut Delight We just know one bite of this donut will leave our faces covered in whipped cream ... and we don't care.

Strawberry Donut Delight

Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Candied Bacon Donut Sliders Yes, another donut: We couldn't choose between them. Candied bacon and chocolate red wine ganache sandwich between donut hole "buns."

Candied Bacon Donut Sliders

Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Italian Taco Were we surpised to see these two words together? Yes. Are we excited to try the Italian sausage-and-mozzarella taco topped with bruschetta, pesto, pizza sauce, Parmesan and a balsamic vinegar glaze? Yes!

Italian Taco

Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Iowa State Fair (August 11-21)

Funnel Bacon on a Stick We weren't kidding about this one. Customers can choose to top this deep-fried beauty with maple butter cream, caramel or chocolate syrup.

Funnel Bacon on a Stick

Courtesy of Iowa State Fair

Ultimate Bacon Brisket Grilled Cheese Every time the gourmet grilled cheese trend seems near its end, another brilliant rendition revives it. Iowa's version uses artisanal-style cheddar bread layered with three cheeses, shaved smoked beef brisket and applewood smoked bacon.

Ultimate Bacon Brisket Grilled Cheese

Courtesy of Iowa State Fair

Ice Cream Nachos Cinnamon sugar chips replace the tortilla version we love, but we're not complaining. After all, the toppings include cinnamon ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, strawberries, nuts and whipped cream. And a cherry on top, of course.

Ice Cream Nachos

Courtesy of Iowa State Fair

Jalapeño Double Bacon Corndog This bacon-wrapped fair favorite gets dipped in a jalapeño batter and sprinkled with even more bacon for a corn dog with a kick.

Jalapeno Double Bacon Corndog

Courtesy of Iowa State Fair

Pride of Iowa Wrap This is no humble lunch wrap: Pork shoulder, sweet corn salsa, bacon bits and cheddar Jack cheese nestle within a warmed jalapeño-cheddar tortilla. Fresh avocado relish and chipotle aioli add zest. Iowa deserves to be proud.

Pride of Iowa Wrap

Courtesy of Iowa State Fair


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