Wisconsin State Fair: Bizarre New Foods You Can’t Resist

Just when we thought everything that could be deep fried, put on a stick or wrapped in bacon had been done, the creative minds at the Wisconsin State Fair proved us wrong. Here are just a few of this year's bizarre new foods that we couldn’t keep to ourselves.

Deep-Fried Old Fashioned

You can get just about anything deep-fried at the state fair – even fruit or corn on the cob – so why not try this cocktail-meets-deep-fried-dessert? Wisconsin's signature Old Fashioned is re-created with homemade orange pound cake and marachino cherry and brandy cream cheese filling, battered and deep-fried, topped with orange caramel and bitters reduction whipped cream, and served with an orange and cherry garnish.

You can find it at Water Street Brewery. In the mood for more beverage-inspired sweets? Try the Root Beer Float Donut or cake at Sprecher Root Beer Everything and Sprecher Landing.

Crazy Corn Reaper Popcorn

Billed as the "world's hottest popcorn," this All Things Jerky treat will go from sweet to fire-hot in a hurry. After a few munches on this caramel-glazed, Carolina Reaper-coated "crazy corn," you'll be reaching for your drink!

Love popcorn? How about bacon? Check out this year's also-new Bacon Popcorn Ball at Laura's Gourmet Popcorn!

Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

Move over, beef! This burger's made with five blended meats – antelope, bison, boar, elk and venison. A third-pound patty is seasoned with spices, topped with Exotic Meat Grill's special bloody mary sauce and celery salt, served on a gourmet bu, and garnished with a skewer of celery, pickle, olive, cheese curd, a meat stick and marinated mushroom. 

And, if you're not a bloody mary fan, you can get the "plain" version (you know, just five exotic meats in one burger).

Funnel Cake Fries

Funnel cake, meet french fries! It's hard to imagine improving the deep-fried deliciousness of everyone's favorite carnival food, but Slim's PBR Park is making it way easier to eat, especially on the go! Dunk 'em in raspberry compote dipping sauce, served on the side.

Believe it or not, these aren't the fair's most unusual new fries. That honor should probably go to the basil oil-infused Eggplant Fries at Water Street Brewery, or perhaps the corn masa-battered Pickle Fries at Miller Lite Sports Bar & Grill. 

Chili-Mac Bottom Pizza

We'll hold off on trying to determine whether this concoction is more chili, macaroni and cheese or pizza and just call it comfort food. With deep-fried mac n' cheese as the crust and loaded coffee-rubbed Wisconsin beef chili as the sauce, this "pie" is topped with cheddar cheese, serrano pepper crema and fresh red onion.

You can get it at Brew City, along with a Mac Bottom Pizza that trades in the chili for homemade pizza sauce.

Caramel Apple Hard Cider Float

Slim McGinn's Irish Pub pairs Angry Orchard hard apple cider with two scoops of Cedar Crest Caramel Collision ice cream, serving this grown-up float in a caramel- and peanut-rimmed cup.

If you like your frozen treats to be boozy, check out the Beercicles at Slim's PBR Park. Flavors include Citrus Shandy, Pabst Blue Raspberry and Not Your Father's Root Beer Floatsicle.

The Wisconsin State Fair is in early August at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. Check the website for dates and times, and browse more of this year's highlights!

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