State Fair Foods on a Stick

State Fair Food on a Stick

Love to stroll fairs and eat everything you can find that’s served on a stick? Check out our collection of fair foods that stick out in a crowd! They’re stick-licious!



Minnesota - Walleye on a Stick
At last count, the Minnesota State Fair boasted some 80 foods on a stick. Among the wild and wacky, Walleye on a stick remains a classic. The state fish is filleted by hand then breaded - not battered - so that the crust adheres to the fish when fried.



North Carolina - Alligator on a Stick
There's plenty of pride for fried food at this southern fair - and a blog, "Deep Fried @ the N.C. State Fair," to prove it.  The most exotic of the bunch is alligator tail, a chewy cross between chicken and pork.


Alligator on a Stick

New Jersey - Deep-Fried Candy Bar on a Stick
Although it's sold at many state fairs, the deep-fried candy bar calls New Jersey home.  Produced in Hackettstown, NJ, the all-American candy bar gets and addictive upgrade at the fair when it's battered, fried and dusted with powdered sugar.



Iowa - Pork Chop on a Stick
Since 1990, the country's number one pork-producing state has been turning out - you guessed it - pork chop on a stick: 60,000 a year, to be exact.  The chops are specially-cut so that the bone can serve as the "stick," then baked in large batches to keep up with demand.


Pork chop on a Stick

Wisconsin - Cheese on a Stick
In Cheesehead country, variations of cheese-on-a-stick abound.  There's cheesecake, cheesesteak, chili cheese dogs, macaroni and cheese, and for the purist: blocks of American, Swiss or cheddar cheese are dipped in cornbread batter and fried to grilled-cheese-like effect.



Kansas - Pickle Pop
Kansas might be famous for its barbecue, but it's the frozen pickle juice that state-fair goers clamor for.  They might be on to something: The briny juice is packed with electrolytes, which keep dehydration at bay.



Pickle Pop

Louisiana - Cajun Shrimp on a Stick
The folks in Louisiana have been making Cajun shrimp the same way for almost 30 years: Wet - then dry-battered, seasoned but not spicy, fried and ready-to-eat - this case, right off the stick.




Texas - Corn Dogs
The grandaddy of fair fare, the original corn dog made its debut in 1942 when brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher dipped a hot dog in corn batter and fried it.  Today approximately 500,000 of the original are sold each year in Texas, inspiring countless versions around the country.


Corn Dogs

California - Chocolate-Covered Garlic on a Stick
Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world, inspires an unlikely combination at the state's fair: Garlic-flecked truffles.  Food adventurers can find even more garlic-laden dishes at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.



Kentucky - Pork Butt on a Stick
In Kentucky, pork butt is no joke.  For the fair this regional delicacy is grilled in big, meaty slabs and skewered with a stick.  Coincidentally, the exposition center where the fair is held is also home to the world's largest purebred livestock show.


Pork Butt Ribs on a Stick
Photo Credit: Linda Doane

Try these treats on a stick from Betty Crocker!

 Brownies on a Stick  Savory Corn on a Stick  Frozen Pops  Pineapple and Pork on a Stick  Cheerios Frozen Bananas

Brownies on a

Savory Corn on
a Stick

Strawberry Peach

Pork and Pineapple
on a Stick

Cheerios® Frozen

Check out our video for tasty frozen desserts on a stick!

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