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New Fair Food!

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State Fair is just around the corner.  Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here is a list of some of the new food at this year's fair:

It's a (bacon) wrap: How about a deluxe deep-fried bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dog on-a-stick? Or perhaps some deep-fried bacon-wrapped Tater Tots on-a-stick? Or for the purist: deep-fried bacon (bacon chunks battered, deep-fried and served with dipping sauce). No, bacon is not going away.

Is it Thanksgiving already? Sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping cream, anyone? Or perhaps some deep-fried stuffing on-a-stick?

Banana-fana: Sweet Chimi-Nutella encloses banana, Nutella, cinnamon, pecans and powdered sugar inside a flour tortilla, while the Fat Elvis on-a-stick features a peanut butter cup in banana batter with -- what else? -- bacon.

Bratwurst bonanza: The Wisconsin steak & brat sub pairs thinly sliced steak with sliced bratwurst, all topped with cheddar, sauteed onions, brown mustard and pickles on onion cheddar bread. The Reuben brat is Wisconsin's favorite sausage dipped in rye batter.

Beer here: New for beer lovers: Lakefront Brewery beer flights and the beer float (craft/import beer and ice cream)

Deep-fried: New to bubbling oil this year -- brownies, shortcake, cheesecake, Twinkies, ice cream, cookie dough and pizza (served, incidentally, on a stick)

On the sweet side: Sprecher soda sorbet, in grape, root beer and orange flavors; red velvet funnel cakes with cream cheese drizzle. And, drumroll -- frozen custard. Oddly enough, this frozen favorite has not been at State Fair before, at least not in recent history, according to Chuckel.

For the Irish and wannabes: Green Irish salsa with homemade chips, Irish meatball sliders

We're having trouble imagining: Pork doughnut (sugared Bismarck stuffed with bbq pork), stuffed fish on-a-stick, goldfish cheesecake on-a-stick (batter-dipped cheesecake in the shape of a goldfish), chocolate-covered mozzarella cheese sticks, the pot roast burger, the Irish roast beef sundae.

Naturally: Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough with gluten-free chocolate coating

'Cuz bigger is always better, isn't it? Mega Dog on-a-stick -- a super-sized, 18-inch corn dog

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