Five State Fair Foods You Can't Find in Texas

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Ok, maybe we don't want this.

It's the rare visitor who leaves the State Fair of Texas wishing there had been more deep-fried delicacies available, but there are a few fried and stick-impaled snacks missing from the fair's line-up. Here, a look at five popular sweet and savory items sold at state fairs elsewhere:

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Minnesota Public Radio
1. Camel on a Stick, Minnesota State Fair

Concessionaires have a habit of bestowing exotic animal names on unexciting food - a frozen banana's known as a "monkey on a stick," and hand-held cheesecake's called a "turtle on a stick" - but Somali-born vendor Jamal Hashi isn't kidding about the camel. His take on Australian camel, which he's described as "very, very lean," was such a hit at this year's fair that Hashi's decided to add camel burgers to his Minneapolis restaurant's menu.

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2. Corn dog pizza, Minnesota State Fair

Apparently wanting to save fairgoers the trouble of having to choose between pizza and corn dogs, a Minnesota State Fair vendor who's long sold both food items separately this year conscripted the corn dogs for pizza topping duty. Although Minnesotans - who typically prefer food served on sticks - initially expressed skepticism about the dish, it was the talk of the fairgrounds.

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3. Deep-fried cream cheese with bacon, Wisconsin State Fair

As hostesses with a knack for entertaining know, everybody likes cream cheese and bacon (followers of certain religious dietary restrictions excepted, of course.) In Wisconsin, where dairy's an art, a vendor this year had the bright idea to combine the two and fry away. For vegetarians, there's a bacon-free version.

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4. Deep-fried pumpkin pie, North Carolina State Fair

Most State fairs are held in the fall, but fairgoers wouldn't know it from the timeless concessions: There is no obvious season for, say, deep-fried beer. But North Carolina's new deep-fried pumpkin pie is a proudly autumnal treat.

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5. Dutch letters on a stick, Iowa State Fair

Good luck finding even stickless Dutch letters outside of Iowa, where the northern-European style Yuletide pastry's so cherished that the state's Art Council has devoted a web page to it. The council describes Dutch letters - all of which are s-shaped, despite the inclusive name - as "crispy, flaky, butter pastries filled with almond paste, covered with large, crunchy sugar crystals and baked until golden."


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