Top 5 Wisconsin State Fair Foods

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

Wisconsin State Fair Foods | Fried Cookie Dough | Miranda Knudtson

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.

Wisconsin State Fair Food | Cream Puffs


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

Wisconsin State Fair Food | 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

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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.

Wisconsin State Fair Foods | Flavored Milk
Left: Salted Caramel. Middle/top: Chocolate PB. Right: Rootbeer



Every state in the USA has a big fair each year. Here are the top 5 delicious fried treats at the Wisconsin State Fair.

What are your favorite fair/festival treats?


  1. Amazing! I’m visiting the Iowa State Fair for the first time this weekend and I’m so excited to try all the different food! If it’s anything like these that you found at the Wisconsin Fair I won’t be disappointed!

  2. You had me at “Fried Cookie Dough”! Oh Miranda, how can you eat all these sugary deep fried delicious treats at the Wisconsin State Fair and a) still be so slim, and b) still have great skin? I gained 10lb just reading this post, and know I’d come out in a million zits if I ate all this stuff haha! x

  3. Miranda, I love this list. I didn’t realize the Wisconsin State Fair was going on when I was in Milwaukee this past weekend until one of my Uber drivers asked if I was planning to go. If only I had known before my trip! I went to the Minnesota State Fair last summer, and that was my first state fair experience. We have one in Michigan, but it isn’t a big thing here like it is in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Anyway, I had so many interesting foods including fried cookie dough. So delicious! It’s just gooey and warm and delightful. I’m really intrigued by these flavored milks, too. I so want to try that salted caramel one!

  4. You got me on the ‘fried foods on a stick’. Lol! As a foodie myself, I always try to taste some local delicacies while travelling. And these food looks super yummy! I can’t wait to taste them all. Wisconsin state fair is on my bucket list now 😀

  5. These look so good! I am a junk food fiend for sure. I love the look of the deep fried mac and cheese the most, I keep asking my boyfriend to make me mac and cheese whenever i want comfort food.

  6. Unfortunately for my waistline, I love fair food. And I’m totally down for trying the root beer milk. I’m generally up for trying new things before making judgements. I can name a few foods that I like that would make the general population cringe. I’m not a picky eater at all! #weekendwanderlust

  7. I thought the Texas state fair was the king of deep fried foods, but this definitely gives them a run for the money. I’ve never been lucky enough to try fried cookie dough…its on my list, along with an extra 5 miles on the treadmill!

  8. Anna Schlaht

    I see your Wisconsin State Fair and I raise my Minnesota State Fair. Cheers from your neighboring state! 🙂 Also, I’m not surprised that y’all have mostly cheese and milk options. Haha. All jokes aside, I love state fair food. Our state fair opens in 6 days and I’m so pumped for some cheese curds and everything on a stick. You totally sold me at fried cookie dough and fried mac and cheese. I’ll have to attend the WI State Fair next year.

  9. Ahh Miranda I LOVE this. I haven’t been to the Wisconsin state fair but there will always be a place in my heart for these events! That fried cookie dough looks heavenly. In New England our big fair is called the Big E which happens in September/October! Butter sculptures, fried everything, maple cotton candy – it’s all there!

  10. The food sounds so great! Would love to try the fried cookie dough and gourmet fries but not sure what to think about fried mac and cheese haha! I really wish they had this kind of events where I live so I could go all crazy with food 😀

  11. I have yet to visit the Wisconsin State Fair! The fried mac and cheese is what I am now craving. The irony…… my favorite food at the Iowa State Fair are the Wisconsin Cheese Curds, followed closely by ribs with bacon on a stick, go figure!

  12. Sounds like you had quiet the health food day there at the fair. 😉 Deep fried stuff always tastes good for the most part. The gourmet fries sounds like what we have in Canada called pountine. Pountine is fries with cheese curds and gravy but it’s morphed into all these other toppings being added as well. It’s the kind of thing people eat when they are super hung over.

    1. We had a little poutine stand at our fair! I didn’t want to try it and potentially spoil my first time having poutine haha, since I’m headed to Canada next year! What I had was just a bunch of sauces on fries…the picture was a hot mess (which is what the pile was lol) if you’d seen it you’d laugh and say def not poutine!

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