I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I look forward to this list every summer. This week the Iowa State Fair announced its brand new menu items for 2018. There are 56 new creations in total, including some bold and fun twists on classic fair favorites, as well as some completely off-the-wall combinations, and a few that you'll likely let somebody else try first.

Here are some of the highlights:

  1. All Iowa Belly Up Burger
  2. Apple Eggrolls
  3. Bacon Pancake Dippers
  4. Beef Burnt Ends
  5. Breakfast Sausage In A Waffle On A Stick
  6. Brisket Mango Tango
  7. Caribbean Leg of Lamb Taco
  8. Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla
  9. Chicken Gizzards
  10. Chicken In A Waffle On A Stick
  11. Chicken Livers
  12. Cookie Dough In A Waffle On A Stick
  13. Deep Fried Pecan Pie On A Stick
  14. Duck Bacon Wonton
  15. Honey Sriracha Cheese Stix
  16. Iowa Sunrise Cooler
  17. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
  18. Lamb Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
  19. Maple Bacon Ice Cream
  20. Peppermint Patty Bars
  21. Pickle Beer
  22. Polish Sausage Corn Dog
  23. Pork Belly Burnt Ends Poutine
  24. Pork Belly On A Stick
  25. Portobello Strips On A Stick
  26. Rainbow Popcorn
  27. Rocky Mountain Oysters
  28. Rube Dog
  29. Salty Carmel Lightning Rod Ice Cream
  30. Smoked Chicken Leg
  31. Snickers In A Waffle On A Stick
  32. Toasted Turkey Bomber

Of course, there are lots of deep-fried goodies and lots of stuff on sticks, but it's cool to see waffles invited to the party this year. I'll definitely be avoiding the pickle beer, though, thank you very much. And if you aren't sure what "Rocky Mountain Oysters" are...you should probably Google it first.

The Iowa State Fair run August 9th-19th in Des Moines. Click here to see all of this year's new food options!

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