Review: Ranking every new pickle food at the 2023 Minnesota State Fair
- Fudge? Popsicles? Doughnuts?! I figured I'd try one or two things, but some of them seemed too out there.
Yes, but: When I posted on X (formerly Twitter) in July asking if I should try and rank all of them, the collective answer was a resounding yes.
- In the name of journalism, I had to do it. Here are my rankings of all official new pickle-themed foods (plus one unofficial one), from best to worst.
#1. Dill Pickle Cheese Curd Tacos from Richie's Cheese Curd Tacos ($14)
No contest here — this is easily my favorite. The deep-fried tacos were crunchy, the cheese was gooey and there was just the right amount of dill flavoring and pickle slices. These could please a pickle hater.
#2. Dill Pickle Lemonade Paleta from Hamline Church Dining Hall ($6)
This was one of the foods I was dreading most, but it was an unexpected hit and a refreshing pick-me-up after trying 14 foods on a hot day. Even the pickle slices in the middle were crunchy and delicious.
#3. Pickle Fries from Mike's Hamburgers ($8)
I love fried pickles, and these were no exception. They were a little salty for my taste, but the chipotle dipping sauce helped mitigate it and it was a solid portion for the price tag.
#4. Miami Mango Pickles from Soul Bowl ($5)
These mango punch-soaked pickles were fine, but forgettable. Their sweetness reminded me of bread-and-butter pickles, not mango.
#5. Pickle Lemonade from Nordic Waffles ($6)
This drink had so much potential but failed because it wasn't mixed properly. It tasted like regular lemonade until the very bottom, where it turned into pickle juice.
#6. St. Paul Pickle Fudge from Wow Fudge ($7)
The first-time fair vendor had three types of pickle fudge; my friends and I went for the classic. Unfortunately, the thick, fudgey texture and overly sweet chocolate flavor did not mix well with dill. We threw it out after three bites.
#7. Dill Pickle Donut from Fluffy's ($8)
This was the worst fair food I had ever eaten. The donut was just bread with no sweetness, it was topped with room temperature cream cheese, and the pickles on top were soft. Decent idea, terrible execution.
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