One of my favorite summer traditions my family and I have is visiting the Wisconsin State Fair. Like most state fairs in the United States, ours is filled with fried foods on a stick. Since Wisconsin is the dairy state, we have plenty of cheesy, dairy-full delicious foods as well! Here are the top Wisconsin State Fair Foods, including some of my personal favorites!
1. Fried Cookie Dough
Yes, this was every bit of glorious as you are imagining it. I’m a picky “foodie,” but not picky when it comes to treats and (almost) anything fried! What else is there to say besides you NEED to get this, along with 20 napkins. You’ll thank me later.
2. “Gourmet” Fries
I’m absolutely terrible, and I’m surprised my arteries didn’t instantly clog when eating these. At the Gourmet Fries food stand, you have the option of french fries, curly fries, or ribbon-cut fries. There were a multitude of toppings from melted cheese, sour cream, chili, parmesan and garlic sauce, and honestly about 10 other toppings that I can’t remember right now. (Truly no exaggeration. You could’ve had all of it, too, but… that probably would’ve ended up to be a $50 plate of fries.) Sorry, I was really so excited to order my fries that I can’t remember all 12-15 options for toppings! I chose garlic and parmesan sauce with the melted cheese sauce on top. (It is Wisconsin after all… the more cheese the better!)
These fries were much too delicious to share. (Admittedly, I could not even finish them. Talk about food overload!)
3. Cream Puffs
I’m pretty positive I would be banned from the fair – maybe even exiled from my home state – if I didn’t mention our Original Cream Puffs! Truly a Wisconsin State Fair staple, our cream puffs are large and in charge! Delicious light pastry puffs with (2x as much) lightly sweet and airy cream in the center! 2x really isn’t an exaggeration. See picture below: that was one puff we SHARED, and clearly there is enough cream for both of us.
Pro tip: I would fully recommend splitting these giant puffs in half (and possibly sharing, if you’re feeling generous) instead of going at it sandwich style. You’ll greatly reduce the messy aftermath. No guarantees your face and fingers will survive cream free. Unless you’re a cream puff eating expert.
4. Fried Mac & Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has always been a staple in my life, ever since I was a picky child that refused to eat anything other than [KRAFT] mac & cheese, cereal, and anything chocolate. Seriously, who doesn’t love pasta and cheese? Needless to say, when I saw the “Fried Mac & Cheese” sign, I just about sprinted. To top it all off? They serve these fried heavenly triangles classic fair style: on a stick. With a squeal of delight after the first bite, this quickly rose to the top as one of my favorites.
5. Flavored Milk
Okay, yes, technically this is a “beverage,” but being America’s “Dairyland” it’s a must-try treat at the Wisconsin State Fair! We buy the flavored milks every year we’re at the state fair (which really is every single year. I don’t remember a time I hadn’t visited the state fair!); it truly is a tradition! Though the flavors have changed over the last 20 years, it’s still a family favorite.
As of 2017, the flavored milk options were Chocolate, Rootbeer, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Salted Caramel & Chocolate Peanut Butter were new this year, so of course I HAD to try them (and got my favorite: Rootbeer milk!) I know rootbeer milk may sound weird to anybody who hasn’t grown up on it like me, don’t knock it till you try it!
I know the dairy-free folks out there are probably cringing, but I totally shared—no way can I drink 3 glasses of milk (talk about a milk overload).
In the past years, there’s been raspberry, cherry vanilla, banana, and even a “Fruit Loops” flavor. (Not called by that name of course, but it was similar to the milk after you’ve eaten that cereal—flashback to my childhood!) Rootbeer and chocolate are classics; the two flavors that have never changed over the years.