Indulgent Sensations on a Stick

August 10, 2012

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Indulgent Sensations on a Stick

DES MOINES, IowaThe Iowa State Fair opened yesterday, and that means that its time for rides on the midway, the judging of meticulously crafted baked goods (as well as livestock), live music andof courseportable, edible indulgences. And naturally, theres no better way to amble and nibble than via foods on a stick.

The first widely known food on a stick very well might have been the ice pops accidentally created by young Frank Epperson one particularly chilly night during 1905 in San Francisco. Little Frankie was stirring up a glass of soda pop when he was called inside, abandoning his task at hand. That night, as legend holds, the temperature dropped below freezing and, in the morning, his stirring stick was surrounded by frozen-solid soda. He removed the unintended creation cleanly from his glass andvoilàthe ice pop was a reality. Years later, in 1923, he applied for a patent, dubbing his treat the Epsicle, which eventually became Popsicle at the insistence of some future director of marketing (the story claims that it was his children who coaxed the wise name change out of their pop). Rights to the name were sold a bare couple of years later (ouch), and a legend was born that still thrives today.

Corn dogsthat other quintessential food on a stickfollowed quickly thereafter, with variations on the theme ostensibly first appearing in the 1920s. But the concept didnt really find a following until various entrepreneurs latched onto the idea at various points during the 1940s when it started appearing at the Minnesota State Fair; the original Hot Dog on a Stick beachside stand in Santa Monica, Calif.; and the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Ill., all claiming birthright to the venerable, portable, easily holdable corn-enrobed frank.

This year, the Iowa State Fair boasts no fewer than 57 foods on a sticksome expected, others purely magical gut-busting state-fair culinary whimsy (Double Bacon Corn Dog, Im talking to you):

  1. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cannoli

  2. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pop

  3. Fruit With Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  4. Double Bacon Corn Dog (a hot dog wrapped in bacon, deep-fried, dipped in bacon-bit-enriched batter, and deep-fried again)

  5. Bacon

  6. Chocolate-Covered Frozen Smore

  7. Fried Butter

  8. Peanut Butter & Jelly

  9. Chocolate-Covered Deep Fried Cheesecake

  10. Griddle Stick (turkey sausage wrapped in a pancake)

  11. Cake Pops

  12. Fair Square

  13. Chocolate-Covered Tiramisu

  14. Chocolate-Covered Turtle Mousse Bar

  15. Twinkie Log (frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate and rolled in cashews)

  16. Octodog (hotdog in the shape of an octopus)

  17. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bar

  18. Chocolate-Covered Key Lime Dream Bar

  19. Carmellows

  20. Pickle

  21. Pork Chop

  22. Corn Dog

  23. Cheese

  24. Cajun Chicken

  25. Sesame Chicken

  26. Carmel Apple

  27. German Sausage

  28. Teriyaki Beef

  29. Corn on the Cob

  30. Cotton Candy

  31. Veggie Corndog

  32. Turkey Drumstick

  33. Nutty Bar

  34. Hot Bologna

  35. Chicken

  36. Monkey Tail (chocolate-covered banana)

  37. Honey

  38. Ice Cream Wonder Bar

  39. Deep-Fried Snickers

  40. Deep-Fried Milky Way

  41. Deep-Fried Twinkie

  42. Breakfast Lamb Sausage (brat)

  43. Deep-Fried Ho-Ho

  44. Deep-Fried Cupcake

  45. Dutch Letter

  46. Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake

  47. Pineapple (fresh pineapple dipped in funnel cake batter and deep-fried)

  48. Hot Lips (breaded chicken breast smothered with hot sauce, served with blue cheese dressing)

  49. Cornbrat (bratwurst dipped in corndog batter)

  50. Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

  51. Rock Candy

  52. Salad

  53. Hard-Boiled Egg

  54. Unicorn Lolipops

  55. Rainbow Popsicle

  56. Push-ups

  57. Turkey Tenderloin

Summers almost over, and summer just wouldnt be summer without attending some sort of festival, or state or county fairand a visit to the state fair just wouldnt be the same without some sort of food on a stick.

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