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FALCON HEIGHTS (WCCO) – People heading to the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday will have plenty of options when it comes to food.

“There are a dozen new foods at the fair this year,” said Brienna Schuette, State Fair spokeswoman. “Tried the new Yankee Apple Pie and Chocolate Sandwich. It’s a brioche bread, almost like a French toast bread that’s sprinkled with powdered sugar. It has apple pie filling with a chocolate drizzle and then it’s grilled. It was fantastic!”

There’s at least six new on-a-stick treats for 2011.

- Breakfast Lollipop on-a-stick
– Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Peppers on-a-stick
– Northwoods Salad on-a-stick
– Pizza Kabob on-a-stick
– Fried Fruit on-a-stick
– White Razzie Puppies on-a-stick

If eating off a stick isn’t your thing, you can always get some barbecue at Famous Dave’s. This year, they have their Southside Rib Tips.

“We season them and smoke them just like our award winning ribs,” said Charlie Torgerson, owner of the Famous Dave’s at the State Fair. “They get finished on the grill. So, they’re caramelized and crunchy on the outside and nice, tender, and juicy on the inside.”

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They cut up the ribs and serve them with their spicy-sweet southside barbecue sauce. Everything is cooked onsite with their smoker. Crews fired up the smoker on Monday and it will run until the end of the fair.

“We use whole hickory logs, so it’s the real deal,” said Torgerson.

The restaurant will also carry their popular “Pig Licker,” which Torgerson adamantly says they invented.

“We rolled it out in 2008,” said Torgerson. “We got our butt kicked on them. We went through 250,000 slices of bacon the first year.”

They take a thick slice of applewood bacon, cook it in the oven until its crisp, cool it, pat all the fat off, then dip it in chocolate and sprinkle it with sea salt. Usually, Famous Dave’s does only one new item every year and remove it, but the “Pig Licker” was so popular they kept it on the menu.

Fair officials have made finding all these foods easy. You can use their food finder tool on their website or download their new App. The App is only available on iPhones and Androids.

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