Skip to main content

The Wisconsin State Fair will always live in the shadow of its bigger, better neighbor to the west in Minnesota, but that's not stopping it from trying to stand out from the crowd.

While the Minnesota State Fair's new foods list released this week featured a selection of dishes ranging from the typical to the intriguing, some of the new foods on Wisconsin's list are a little out there.

Take the simple bratwurst, for example. Nothing to remarkable there, except when you infuse it – and serve it with a garnish of – gummy bears. 

Screen Shot 2022-07-14 at 11.22.11 AM

"Bratwurst infused with a sprinkling of colorful gummy bears served on a bun, then topped with a honey mustard drizzle and gummy bear garnish for a sweet and savory combination," is the description for the menu item at Leadfoots Race Bar & Grill.

That's a crime against gastronomy, surely, the next two examples feature ingredients we'll probably start seeing a lot more of in the wake of future climate change-induced food shortages.

There's not one, but two new foods that feature insects as ingredients at this year's Wisconsin State Fair.

Screen Shot 2022-07-14 at 11.36.12 AM

The Exotic Meat Grill is serving an "Arctic Bug Blast Slush" that features raspberry slush topped with whipped cream "and a sprinkling of edible bugs, including a Scorpion," the listing notes.

"Yes, they are real. Stay Cool, Eat Bugs!" it adds.

Screen Shot 2022-07-14 at 11.22.04 AM

Not enough for you? Then head over to All Things Jerky when you can pick up a chocolate-coated apple that's finished off with edible June bugs, crickets, worms, and ants – all served on a stick.

It's called "The Bug Apple," which ... well ... that's a great name.

The rest of the new foods list from Wisconsin is a little more what you'd expect at a State Fair. You can find the full list here.

This year's Wisconsin State Fair will be held from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 14 in West Allis, on the outskirts of Milwaukee.

Here's a refresher of the 38 new foods added to the Minnesota State Fair's menu this year.

Next Up


SWAT presence in Eagan neighborhood Tuesday morning

There's a developing story out of Eagan.


Comedian claims hotel bed bug ruined his Twin Cities visit

The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Minneapolis states otherwise.

Lindahl lawsuit

Kris Lindahl suing realtor, accusing him of copying arms out pose

The real estate agent is accused of breach of contract and copyright infringement.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 8.44.12 AM

Pair wanted for questioning for assault, property crimes in Hugo

Surveillance footage was released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

15,000 Minnesota nurses 'overwhelmingly' authorize strike

Overworked and underpaid, the Minnesota Nurses Association is ready to strike.

School dinners lunch

Minnesota to offer free school meals to 90,000 extra students

Gov. Tim Walz, who is facing re-election in November, announced the measure on Monday.


Minneapolis man dies from injuries days after motorcycle pileup

The 69-year-old died after four days at Regions Hospital.

Sebastion Wolbersen-O’Hara

Police: 15-year-old missing from home north of Twin Cities

Authorities say he may be headed to the metro.


Foundation, the building, the win

Identifying Value Plus Catalysts helps your financial strategy and foundation

boating minnesota lake

25-year-old Hopkins man drowns after falling off boat

The man reportedly fell from the boat while fishing with friends.

mayor frey city minneapolis live stream march 14 2022

What's in Mayor Jacob Frey's budget proposal?

Here's a breakdown of what the Minneapolis mayor is focusing on in 2023-24.



Donuts with syringes pulled from State Fair's new food lineup

There were protests over the sustainability of using plastic syringes.

State Fair

Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best new foods

Our food writer Haley Nelson picks out her favorite new dishes at the State Fair.

Flickr - Wisconsin State Fair cream puff - USDA

Free cream puff for people who get vaccinated at the Wisconsin State Fair

Get a shot, then head over to Cream Puff Pavilion for a free treat.

Minnesota State Fair

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern skeptical of State Fair food 'gimmicks'

He had a mixed reaction to the release of the new foods for this year's State Fair.