August means that one of the best events of the year in Iowa is right around the corner – the Iowa State Fair. Every year, Iowans put together our lists of foods that we have to stop and get at the fair. Whether it’s a fair favorite every year or a new addition, we end up with mile long lists and very full stomachs after each day at the fair. We’ve put together a list of the most popular Iowa State Fair food. Some are staples, some are new to the scene, but they’ve all created a lot of buzz. Get ready to add these to your list of favorite state fair foods.
Cookie Dough Spaghetti
This one sounds disgusting, but rest assured, one bite of this treat and you’ll be going back for more. It looks exactly like a spaghetti dish with cookie dough noodles, Ghirardelli white chocolate with red food dye as “spaghetti sauce” and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate meatball on top. Placed on a red gingham plate that resembles grandma’s dishes, you’ll be feeling nostalgia with this one.
Mexican Street Corn
This corn in a cup has been around for a few years now, but it has people coming back for more every year. This delicious Iowa State Fair food has corn niblets, pork chorizo, coyote cheese, butter, mayo, lime sour cream and spicy magic dust (we’re curious about that secret ingredient). Mix it all together and you have a delicious concoction that’s refreshingly different from the fried food lineup.
Fried Cheese Curds
A combination of things almost every Iowan loves – cheese and fried food – it’s hard not to love this one. This dish is available in classic cheddar and garlic.
Chicken in a Waffle
Making its debut last year in 2018, the Waffle Chix food stand combines waffles and chicken for a popular favorite fair food that created a lot of hype. It also comes with sausage instead of chicken and it’s served with a side of syrup. This waffle on a stick is great for your morning or afternoon fair visit.
These delectable little donuts are a favorite fair food because they come out piping hot and fresh with a cinnamon sugar sprinkled on them. What’s not to love? These guys have been a long-standing tradition for the fair and you can expect for them to be a hit every year.
Hot Beef Sundae
Head over to the Cattleman’s Association Beef Quarters to get your fill of good home cookin’. With two scoops of hand-mashed, homestyle potatoes, slow-roasted, fork-tender roast beef, beef gravy and shredded cheddar cheese, topped with a red cherry tomato, you will certainly be stuffed in the best way. And how appropriate for Iowans to turn a sundae into a beef and mashed potato meal, right?
Pork Chop on a Stick
It wouldn’t be the Iowa State Fair without this favorite fair food! Every year, people line up for this crowd favorite, ready to devour the food on a stick. If you haven’t walked around the fair stuffing your face with a pork chop on a stick, you’ve got to try it.
Bucket of Cookies
This Iowa State Fair food has got to be somewhere near the top of everyone’s list. We’re not sure how many of these ooey gooey, delicious cookies they sell every year, but we know it’s quite a lot. Pro tip: get yourself a bucket (yes, a bucket) full of these at the end of your day, take them home to enjoy with a cold glass of milk and thank us later.
Fried Mac and Cheese
You read that right, fried mac and cheese. Haven’t had it? You will now. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. You can’t go wrong with cheese and fried food. It’s a Midwest delicacy that Iowans go crazy over. Get yourself some and enjoy the cheesy goodness.
If you thought dunking into milk was the best way to eat Oreos, you’re wrong. We don’t make the rules; we just live by them. Stop by the fried Oreo and Twinkie stand to try these crazy good treats. And if you really want milk to go along, you can get it at the stand too.
Last but absolutely not least, the corn dog. This long-standing Iowa State Fair food is looked forward to every year by the masses. We’re not sure what it is about an Iowa State Fair corn dog, but it’s just better than all the other corn dogs. Available in a regular size or foot-long, you can get your fill of the best hot dog on a stick you’ll ever eat.
Want to check out the newest and tastiest foods coming this year to the lineup? The Des Moines Register has the low down on the newcomers and we’re betting there’s a few more you’ll want to add to your list.