nypost.com – It’s no secret the Iowa State Fair is a fried food lover’s paradise. But with nearly 200 concession stands, this year’s vendors are urging fairgoers to make room for dessert.
Mike Biegger, a 15-year employee of Dipped in Chocolate, said sweet treats are becoming the new main course at the fair famous for its deep-fried corndogs and pork chops on a stick.
“We began experimenting with chocolate chip cookie dough a few years back and it just blew up like crazy with the fair attendees,” he said.
The booth, which specializes in items like chocolate-dipped bananas, cookie dough balls, and strawberries, is now introducing its newest show stopper – cookie dough spaghetti, a dish Biegger said can rival any fried concoction.
“It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said.
The dish is a fun take on cookie dough in the form of a plate of spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce. Cookie dough spaghetti noodles are topped with a Ferrero Rocher chocolate “meatball,” while the red sauce is substituted with a strawberry dessert sauce.
Other stands are joining the strange wave of entrée-themed goodies, including ice cream nachos, brisket mango tango, and beef sundaes. And with 56 new items just this year, fairgoers can expect the unexpected when it comes to the “new foods” lineup.
While Iowa may not be the biggest fair in the nation – Texas and Minnesota are larger – the 164 year-old-tradition sets the tone for bizarre food and competition.
“Every year we have a new foods contest and our concessionaires get real fired up about that and they’ll try crazy and wacky things,” said Mindy Willamson, marketing director of the fair. “The booth owners aren’t just after the best original recipes, they are also competing to attract the most visitors.”
I was all ready to be disgusted by this after reading the headlines buttttt that’s why you can’t judge a book by its cover because this sounds delightful. I need to hit one of these state fairs damnit.