Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair
Erika Owen
June 21, 2016

State fair food offerings have increasingly become a test of adventurous tastebuds and creative capacity in recent years. Dining options have come a long way from the simple choice of funnel cake or hot dog, and more than ever choices include one (or more) adventurous elements. The Minnesota State Fair is no stranger to crazy foods. The event recently released its list of the new edible attractions you can expect to see (and eat) this year. Here are the 10 that gave us a double-take, either for their quirky ingredients or delicious-sounding combinations.

Candied Bacon Donut Sliders

This is exactly what it sounds like: tick-cut bacon squished between two glazed donut holes. The best part? It's topped with chocolate red wine ganache.

SPAM Sushi

Lovers of SPAM (there really are some out there) will not want to miss this SPAM, rice, fried egg, and wasabi creation. 

Carpe Diem

Given it's name, you'd never (really) guess that this is just a fish-shaped cone filled with ice cream. About that ice cream: balsamic-roasted strawberry compote, vanilla ice cream, graham cracker crumble, all topped off with a fresh strawberry. We're sold.

Cheesy French Onion Monkey Bread

This savory take on the popular sweet includes caramelized onions, cheese, and beef broth, baked in a wood-fired oven until gooey. 

Reuben Pickle Dog

Let us paint a picture: a dill pickle spear covered in sauerkraut and thousand island dressing all wrapped in a singly slice of corned beef.

SPAM Curds

Cheese-flavored SPAM cubes that are battered, fried, and served with a side of ranch dressing.

Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese Bites

The best part of these beer-batter-fried cheese sandwiches might be the Bloody Mary sauce they're served with.

Candied Bacon BLT

Bacon lovers, rejoice: thick, candied bacon with coleslaw and green tomato spread on a sweet egg bun.

Deep-Friend Nachos Supreme

Not for the faint-hearted, this fried beauty is a mix of pepper jack cheese cubes coated with crushed tortilla chips and nacho cheese that is deep-friend, covered with taco meat, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream.

Italian Taco

All of your favorite Italian staples in a flour tortilla: butter, shredded parmesan, Italian sausage, mozzarella, bruschetta, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, pesto, pizza sauce, and balsamic cheese. Whew.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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