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Food On A Stick

Updated on December 30, 2010

The Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together has become famous World wide for it's dazzling display of Food on a Stick. This year the Minnesota State Fair will proudly boast that there are 78 different places where you can indulge on your favorite foods on sticks.

In 2009 Minnesota State fair-goers can dine on everything from Aligator on a stick to watermelon on a stick and everything in between.

Minnesota State Fair On A Stick

Pronto Pups Versus Corn Dogs

The Pronto Pup was invented by George and Versa Boyington in the late 1930s for their hotdog stand on Rockaway Beach, on the northern Oregon coast.

Pronto Pups are suposedly different than corn dogs because the batter contains different ingredients. At the Minnesota State Fair we have Corn Dogs, Poncho Dogs, Pronto Pups and Super Dogs, which are all different versions of hot dogs dipped in batter and then deep fried.

The Great Corn Dog Debate

What do you think? Is there really a taste difference between Pronto Pups, Corn Dogs or whatever different names they have for deep fried hot dogs on sticks?

Can you taste the difference?

Corn Dogs & Footlongs On A Stick

Corn Dogs & Footlongs On A Stick
Corn Dogs & Footlongs On A Stick

2008 Minnesota State Fair: Food on a Stick

Apples On A Stick

Apples On A Stick
Apples On A Stick

Weirdest Food On A Stick

Each year people try to come up with the most unusual food on a stick at Fairs all over America. My favorite is still the Pronto Pup, my hubby just loves the deep fried Twinkies on a stick.

At the Minnesota State Fair you can find Pizza on a stick...which is actually a Calzone on a stick, Waleye on a stick, Catfish on a stick, Pork Chops on sticks, pickles on-a-stick, Italian style chicken on-a-stick, olives on-a-stick, chocolate covered cheesecake on-a-stick, ice cream on-a-stick, spaghetti and meatballs on-a-stick, salmon on-a-stick, hot dago on-a-stick, baby potatoes on-a-stick, even Caprese salad on-a-stick

Puff Daddy on-a-stick which is a sausage wrapped in dough.

Scotch Eggs on-a-stick (hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried)

Tornado Potato, a potato spiral-cut on-a-stick!

Texas Steak Dinner on-a-stick (cubed steak, potatoes, onion, peppers and a dinner roll)

S'mores on-a-stick (toasted marshmallows in chocolate topped with graham cracker crumbs),

Pickle Dog and fire Dog (quarter dill or jalepeno pickle, coated with cream cheese and wrapped in pastrami)

Porcupine meatballs on-a-stick (wild rice and ground pork)

Foot Long Desert Pizza on-a-stick (pizza dough, sweet cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar)

Grilled shrimp on-a-stick with butter garlic seasonings or cajun seasonings

Kufta kabobs on-a-stick, lamb/beef kabobs on-a-stick, or even stuffed grape leaves on-a-stick.

Frozen key lime pie dipped in chocolate on-a-stick

Leg of lamb (marinated on-a-stick)

Fiddlestix (premium vanilla ice cream, hand sliced, skewered on-a-stick, dipped in chocolate and rolled in chopped nuts)

Corned beef and cabbage dipped in batter on-a-stick

Tater tot hot dish on-a-stick with cream of mushroom dipping sauce

Batter dipped, deep fried candy bars on-a-stick (Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups)

Peach Glazed Pork Cheeks marinated in garlic, herbs, spices and honey, then grilled and served two on-a-stick with peach chipotle glaze!

Fudge puppies (a Belgium waffle on-a-stick dipped in swiss chocolate) topped with choices of whipped topping, crunch coating or strawberries

Well...the list just goes on and on, but you get the idea...are you hungry yet?

Corn On A Stick

Corn On A Stick
Corn On A Stick

Deep Fried Cheese On A Stick

Deep Fried Cheese On A Stick
Deep Fried Cheese On A Stick

Tribute to Minnesota's Food on a Stick Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

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      6 years ago

      just got back from our own state fair....prob ate too much there!

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      6 years ago

      I love fair food and these sound delish! blessed!

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      6 years ago

      I love fair food and these sound delish! blessed!

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      Monica Ranstrom 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE the MN State Fair! Cheese curds, french fries, bucket of cookies, the animal barns, the free milk... What's not to love!

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      Fantastic Voyages 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Really great ideas here to make at home. I'd love to go to this state fair, just to try the food!

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      6 years ago

      Love the Minnesota State Fair; it's amazing the things you find on a stick there. I thought "Hot Dish" on a stick sounded like one of the strangest. And one of my favorites is "Cheese on a Stick" ... or maybe just fried cheese curds; those are good too.

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      6 years ago from UK

      Food = Awesome. Food on a stick = Another Planet. Great Lens! =)

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm definitely hungry now! I can't wait til this year's state fair already :) Cheers to a fellow Minnesotan!

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      6 years ago

      great article about things on a stick!

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      6 years ago

      It all looks good! Nice lens!

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      Sounds tasty! We have a state fair that has Flechers corndogs. They are sooooo yummy!! :) Cool lens!

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      8 years ago

      Food on a stick, the perfect food. Nice lens.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Catfish on a stick would do me, followed by Scotch Egg on a stick. The sticks can be used for decorating behind the couch

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My cousin would go back to Minnesota every year and always take in the state Fair. I was jealous. But the time I went back to MN I found walleye's on a stick! Hmmm. Love it.

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      9 years ago

      This is a recipe inspiring Lens!

      Anytime I hear the words "Food on a Stick" I suddenly get hungry.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Give me a corn dog in one hand and corn on the cob in the other <--- happy fair goer! Fun lens and Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I would love to go to the fair and have that tasty apple on a stick. Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Awards Nomination!

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      9 years ago

      That's a lot of food on a stick. Great presentation.

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      9 years ago

      That's a lot of food on a stick. Great presentation.

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      9 years ago

      Well I've spent countless hours at the Minnesota state fair over the last 40 years...mostly on machinery hill with my crazy farmer Dad when I was a kid. However, the most memorable moments at the fair are about the food....I love cheese curds and cheesecake on a stick. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid nomination and best of luck to you.

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      9 years ago

      Well crafted lens!

      Congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards!


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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Sounds like a lot of fun (or should I say calories?) Blessed.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Maybe I'll go on the "Food on a Stick" diet. Think I'd lose anything? Seriously, though--really--I once tried a corn dog NOT on a stick, and it just wasn't the same. Something was missing ... like, biting down on wood. You just gotta have that. There's something about picking bits of pine (or whatever it is) off your tongue that's so special. :)

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      i so can't wait for our local county fair!

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      Fair food - yum!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This great lens really puts me in the mood for our County Fair which isn't near the size of your great Minnesota State Fair. It sounds wonderful. Congratulations on that purple star. Please feel free to add this lens to the plexo on Festivals, Fairs and Special Events lens.

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your beautiful purple star! Yippee!

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      9 years ago

      Oh my I had no idea you could get so many different varieties of foods on a stick! That Texas steak with peppers and onions sounds like it's right down my alley!

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      Spook LM 

      9 years ago

      I have got to hand it to you and say because it's on a stick it adds to the novelty and therefore it tastes nicer. Just dropped by to say congratulations on a bit of the old purple.

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      9 years ago

      I want me some food on a stick. How about that fried cheese? I'm a sucker for cheese. :D

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      9 years ago from USA

      State Fairs are the perfect days to throw away our diet books and just indulge in deliciously decadent treats. Love your lens and congrats on the purple star - it's well deserved.

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      9 years ago

      Why is it that food always tastes better on a stick!

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      9 years ago

      Deep fried twinkies on a stick? How fattening is that? What fun!! Everybody loves food on a stick! This is super fun read!

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      Samantha Devereux 

      9 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I gotta say not enough food come on a stick!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 

      9 years ago

      Just saw deep fried jelly beans. Any food on a stick always tastes better. How come fish and chips don't come on a stick?

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wonder if Deep Fried Twinkies come on a stick? I'll have to check that out at our fair! In the meantime, I'd love to try the Waleye on a stick at your fair! Ummm, good eatin'! (Thanks for including my Mr. Cabbagehead lens!)

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      9 years ago

      It's amazing what people come up with to eat. Great fun lens! Some of these sound pretty good.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Very cool! I'd love to see Spaghetti and Meatballs on a stick...How strange! :)

      Nice work!


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