- Ice Cream Nachos- $7–located at the Benoits stand- the ice cream nachos are a new addition to the food lineup for 2016. They feature cinnamon flavored ice cream on top of a bed of cinnamon sugar chips that taste like a chip version of a churro and topped with chopped strawberries, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry or two. This can get messy but the serving size is large enough to share.
- Pride of Iowa Wrap- $8-located at the G’mig’s stand-this is also a new addition year. The wrap is a jalapeno chedder tortilla with pork shoulder, corn salsa, guacamole, bacon and crispy tortilla strips. You can certainly share this since it’s cut in half but I kind of regretted doing it since it was good enough to want to it all myself.
- Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake- $7- Located at the Westmoreland’s Funnel Cakes- The PSL may not be officially available but you can fulfill your pumpkin spice needs with this funnel cake. It isn’t a strong pumpkin flavor which is probably better for those who want a pumpkin-hint of flavor rather than a pumpkin assault.
- Fair Square- $2.50- located at the Blue Ribbon Foundation stand in front of the Administration building- This rice krispie treat on a stick has the added benefit of putting their profits towards the Blue Ribbon foundation who work to preserve the history of the fair and to make sure we can continue to have the fair in the future. Be prepared to have it fall apart on you by the midway point if not sooner. Comes in Peanut butter, original and fair berry flavors.
- Pork Chop on a Stick- $7- located at the Iowa Pork Producer stand- This isn’t the traditional food on a stick since the stick for the pork chop is made of bone. Mine had more bone than meat but it’s still a nice take on the stick food trend and at least this option has some protein.
- Chocolate Covered Tiramisu- $7- located at the Dipped in Chocolate stand- this stand has plenty of dessert to choose from that are dipped in chocolate. The chocolate covered tiramisu is a chilled piece of tiramisu dipped in a thin layer of milk chocolate. Their chocolate covered cheesecake is also worth trying.
- Caprese Salad on a Stick- $3- located at the Salad Bowl- this is a healthy option though not terribly filling. Made with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. This is a good palate cleanser after eating one too many fried foods.
- Funnel Bacon on a Stick- $5-located at the Best Around stand- Bacon has managed to find it’s way onto a stick with the help of being dipped in a thick layer of funnel cake batter and fried to perfection. You get the choice of topping sauce with options of chocolate, maple butter cream and caramel.
- Deep Fried Snickers Bar-$6- located at the Fyfe Concessions stand- this isn’t a new concept of frying candy bars but it’s still worth the calories. The fried snickers turns into a funnel cake with a java cake consistency but with a distinct snickers flavor to it. Try the fried twinkie if fried chocolate sounds too messy.
- 5 Buck Cowboy Cup- $5- located at the Steer N Stein stand- this is a handy dish served in a cup if you want to walk and eat. This is a savory take on a trifle with a layer of baked beans topped with a layer of mashed potatoes and finished with a layer of shredded pork and melted cheese.
For the troubles the people on the East side of Des Moines go through every time the fair comes into town, click here.