What’s new in food at the fair?

Smoked, fried, dipped and frozen — something for all palates

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Let’s face it, one of everyone’s favorite things about the fair is the food. And it seems like the more unusual, the more of the attraction.

You can’t go to the fair without treating yourself to a hot dog, smoked sausage, funnel cake, a smoked turkey leg or roasted corn on the cob. Over the years, fairgoers also have been enticed by all things fried, such as Twinkies, Oreos and candy bars.

This year is no exception, with a number of new foods, including Candied Bacon S’mores, made of house-made marshmallow in a graham cracker, filled with smoked bacon ganache and dipped in chocolate and topped with candied bacon.

There’s also a Crack-N-Cheese Waffle Cone consisting of a waffle cone filled with mac-n-cheese, topped with turkey barbecue, turkey cracklings, coleslaw and topped with a signature sauce.

Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples of Benson will return to the fair again this year selling their gourmet apples. New offerings this year will include Creme Brulee Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Triple Threat specialty apples.

The Triple Threat consists of a Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel rolled in M&Ms, dipped again in white chocolate, then rolled in crushed Reece peanut butter cups then drizzled with dark chocolate topped with a globs of white chocolate, M&Ms and peanut butter cups.

Fans of hot sauce will want to try the Texas Pete glazed Krispy Kreme mini doughnuts.

Other new foods this year at the fair include:

  • Deep Fried Meatballs
  • Shrimp & Cheddar Cheese Grits Egg Roll — Shrimp, cheese grits, tasso ham, rolled into an egg-roll wrapper, deep fried and topped with red pepper remoulade sauce.
  • Italian Ice Tea Float — Italian Ice in a cup of sweet tea.
  • Savory Churros — Crunchy cheese churros topped with bacon and parsley.
  • Jerk Pork Wrap with Mango Sauce — Seasoned jerk pork served in a wrap with lettuce, tomato and mango sauce.
  • Roasted and Glazed Sweet Corn with Bacon — Roasted corn dipped in doughnut glaze and rolled in bacon.
  • Grasshopper Funnel Cake — Chocolate brownie funnel cake topped with dark chocolate fudge, mint drizzle, whipped cream and Oreo bit topping.
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Chop Sandwich — Deep fried turkey chop smothered in gravy on a bun topped with Thanksgiving dressing and cranberry sauce.
  • Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Apple Cobbler Bites — Granny Smith apple slices coated in a Cinnamon Toast Crunch batter, deep fried and topped with a drizzle of caramel, cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.
  • Cluck Puppies — A fusion of chopped chicken barbecue and cheddar cheese hushpuppy mix, deep fried and served with a choice of dipping sauce.
  • Arepa Burger — Arepa stuffed with a homemade burger and served with a slice of tomato and onion, then topped with stick potatoes and pink and cilantro guacamole.
  • Rolled Ice Cream — Liquid ice cream poured onto a griddle with toppings such as cherry cheesecake, toffee, Oreo and then rolled and topped with whipped cream.
  • Unicorn Bacon and Jalapeno Cheetos Bacon — Bacon on a stick, one dipped in glaze and rolled in Fruity Pebbles cereal, the other dipped in jalapeño nacho cheese and rolled in Cheetos.
  • Chocolate Chip Hushpuppies — Chocolate chip hushpuppies with chocolate gravy and powdered sugar.
  • Country Ham and Cheddar Cheese Hushpuppies
  • Chicken Ranch Pizza
  • Slow Smoked Bourbon Brown Sugar Rubbed Pork Loin
  • Unicorn Apples — Granny Smith apple dipped in white chocolate with a Fruit Roll-up mane and rock candy horn.
  • SoJo Melt — Ground lamb with onions, spices, hummus spread, pickles, provolone and mozzarella cheeses, tomatoes and hot sauce served on a hoagie.

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