The Minnesota State Fair is a big deal here in Minnesota, often referred to as “The Great Minnesota Get-Together.” There is a good reason it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region with thousands of visitors a day in a 12-day period. Although there are plenty of big events, vendors, rides, music, etc. that make this end-of-summer event truly unique, it is most known for the FOOD!
The biggest topic every year is what new crazy foods will be at the state fair and it never disappoints! It is most known for its offering of deep-fried classics and unique offerings (deep-fried butternut squash ravioli anyone?), many foods on a stick, corn on the cob classics, to fun drinks, pickle-themed treats, tubs of chocolate chip cookies, and much more.
We do feel the culinary inspiration and creativity every year which draws us to the event, but sometimes crowds and lines are not for everyone. We also know many don’t have a state fair event quite like this in their hometown, especially if located outside the Midwest/Texas.
So why not make some of these fair-inspired treats at home? We gathered our favorite recipes to make at home to end summer on a sweet note and still get the fair food vibes in your own backyard, wherever you are located!
Our ultimate fair-inspired treat: Mini Bundt on a stick! These moist and flavorful mini banana cakes baked in our Geo Bundtlette can be dipped in chocolate, sugared or enjoyed plain for the perfect on-the-go treat.
Take your love for classic fair food to the next level with these homemade Corn Dogs baked in our Corn Cakes Pan. The base is a slightly sweetened cornbread recipe is filled classic hot dogs and baked to golden perfection.
A favorite fair food in Bundt form! This warm vanilla Bundt is filled with cinnamon filling and covered in a crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating like a churro, delicious for any occasion.
Make your own mini donuts in minutes in the microwave! Add glaze and sprinkles, cinnamon sugar or enjoy plain for an irresistible bite-sized treat.
Create your own bubble waffles on the stovetop and roll them into a homemade cone! Add your favorite ice cream and toppings for a summertime dessert.
Sometimes, classic is best! Can’t go wrong with these warm and salted chocolate chip cookies. For the ultimate summer treat, add a scoop of ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches, enjoy as is straight from the sheet pan, or in a giant tub like the Minnesota State Fair!
Add a little Bundt to your Arnold Palmer drink! Create ice tea mini Bundt ice cubes and mix with your favorite lemonade for a refreshing summer drink with a fun ice cube twist.
Make your own Mexican Street Corn on the grill, topped with flavorful mixture of mayonnaise, yogurt, lime, chili powder, and paprika. Garnish with cotija cheese and fresh cilantro for an amazing summer side dish!