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New Foods on a Stick: WI State Fair adds Chocolate-Covered Bacon to Its Menu
Examiner.com ^ | August 1, 2009 | Mary Bergin

Posted on 08/03/2009 5:24:49 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

Chocolate-covered bacon, anyone? Food on a stick means kabobs on the grill, ice cream bars on the run, caramel apples for Halloween. You know where we’re going with this, right?

Fair-weather fans crave oddball food during this time of year, and that can mean collecting sticks during all meal courses. The lines don’t begin and end at the Pronto Pup stand.

Food-on-a-stick menus are getting fatter, embracing cotton candy and hot dogs to deep-fried Oreos and chunks of cheese. Expect more than three dozen choices when the Wisconsin State Fair opens Aug. 6 in West Allis, and the most outrageous combo will come from Aaron Fidder, executive chef at the Machine Shed in Pewaukee.

A bold assertion? Hah!

Aaron’s restaurant is known for hearty portions of comfort food and from-scratch cooking, not fussy entrée names or uncommon ingredients. A one-pound chicken liver dinner and smoked turkey reubens are about as unconventional as it gets.

The Machine Shed looks and feels like a shrine to the Midwest farmer, and the homage extends to the gift shop, where one corner of merchandise is all about bacon. In the inventory are bacon-flavored toothpicks, mints, gumballs and lollipops (dubbed “man bait”). They surround “bacon 24/7” T-shirts, bandages that look like bacon strips, bacon-scented air fresheners, wallets and lunchboxes with bacon patterns.

Still with me?

The Machine Shed loves bacon, so why wouldn’t Aaron include it in food-on-a-stick experiments? For one week, co-workers were taste testers for his inventive combinations.

“My belly just kind of aches when I think about that week,” says Erin Zylka, the dining room manager. Restaurant guests also sampled the finalists.

At the end, the chef had two winners.

One: fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a stick. They will be dipped into pancake batter (“I add a little Sprite, to lighten it up,” Aaron says), then dunked into hot oil. “Like a jelly doughnut,” he explains, and $3 each.

Two: chocolate-covered bacon on a stick, served frozen, two strips for $3. The combo, although unprecedented at the Wisconsin State Fair, has shown up elsewhere. Aaron tried a dozen bacon-chocolate matches before deciding on milk chocolate over hardwood-smoked, honey-cured bacon.

“A ganache chocolate was too bitter,” he explains. “The real key is adding a little bit of sea salt to the chocolate at the end.”

“I love chocolate, and I love bacon, but I just can’t come to peace with bringing the two together,” admits Erin. I figured it would be the same with me, until taking my first nibble.

The tug between sugar and salt was attractive. No sign of greasiness. No chewiness. No brittleness, despite the freezing.

So another novelty is born, and 20,000 stick-impaled slices of chocolate-drenched bacon will make their way to West Allis this month.

Next year? Aaron says his top contenders, so far, are deep-fried cheeseburgers (with lettuce) and boston cream pie. Stay tuned.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: bacon; food; localwinews; statefair; summer
Hat tip to Tubebender!
1 posted on 08/03/2009 5:24:49 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: tubebender; GOP_Lady

‘Champagne Wishes and Bacon Dreams ‘ Ping!


2 posted on 08/03/2009 5:25:46 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

3 posted on 08/03/2009 5:26:31 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL......but the folks that eat this crap are too fat to walk down the midway and buy it .......LOL !


4 posted on 08/03/2009 5:26:43 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What about chocolate-covered sardines? I seem to remember something like that from an old Three Stooges short.


5 posted on 08/03/2009 5:27:51 AM PDT by cvq3842 (Countless thousands of our ancestors died to give us the freedoms we have today. Stay involved!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Lord knows that I love bacon and chocolate too, but that is just gross!


6 posted on 08/03/2009 5:29:03 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

7 posted on 08/03/2009 5:29:12 AM PDT by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Could I get a hand full of cheese curds with that?


8 posted on 08/03/2009 5:29:18 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama's lies make Bill Clinton's lie small)
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9 posted on 08/03/2009 5:30:24 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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Crickets!
10 posted on 08/03/2009 5:31:05 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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That's better!
11 posted on 08/03/2009 5:31:57 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: bmwcyle

Now THOSE should be bacon-wrapped, breaded and deep fried! Awesome! :)

12 posted on 08/03/2009 5:33:29 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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Chocolate covered pretzels have GOT to be my favorite treat. Give me a bag of these and I'll follow you anywhere, LOL!

13 posted on 08/03/2009 5:35:25 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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OK. Even I draw the line at chocolate covered babies!

14 posted on 08/03/2009 5:37:16 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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15 posted on 08/03/2009 5:38:06 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

There is an icecream shop in Rehoboth Beach, DE that sells bacon icecream.


16 posted on 08/03/2009 5:41:41 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

With undertones of maple flavoring, I'm thinking? I'd hit it, LOL!

17 posted on 08/03/2009 5:46:47 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Squantos

“the folks that eat this crap are too fat to walk down the midway...”

I resemble that remark.—JM


18 posted on 08/03/2009 6:05:43 AM PDT by Jubal Madison (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Michael Symon master chef on Dinner Impossible did chocolate covered bacon on the Wildwood NJ Boardwalk at Laura’s Fudge:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/07/in-videos-michael-symon-dinner-impossible-chocolate-covered-bacon.html


19 posted on 08/03/2009 6:09:41 AM PDT by Freep EE
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To: Jubal Madison

Me to.......;o)

Here’s a cookie !


20 posted on 08/03/2009 6:24:07 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You just had to do that to me, didn’t you? ;-)


21 posted on 08/03/2009 6:40:15 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
A couple of years back Me and the DW were having an appetizer at the Disneyland hotel. A small personal flatbread pizza with red sauce, gruyere cheese,gourmet bacon and... wait for it, lightly drizzled with dark, unsweetened chocolate. You woulda thought "no way does this taste good". It didn't, it tasted GREAT!! Go figure.

CC

22 posted on 08/03/2009 6:44:57 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Calling illegal aliens "undocumented workers" is like calling drug dealers "unlicensed pharmacists")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

OK, now THAT looks yummy!! :~D I’m with you on that one!


23 posted on 08/03/2009 6:49:52 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yummmm... Chocolate Covered Sardines in the red and white tin?


24 posted on 08/03/2009 7:46:15 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yummmm... Chocolate Covered Sardines in the red and white tin?


25 posted on 08/03/2009 7:47:14 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: Diana in Wisconsin


Spamsickles. Deep fried spam on a stick....
26 posted on 08/03/2009 7:50:45 AM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Celtic Conservative

I’m sure it was terrific. Hispanic cooking uses a lot of chocolate. Dope that I am, I married a Swede, LOL!

However, he WAS a professional chef for many years and makes an awesome mole (mo-lay) sauce, so he has a FEW redeeming qualities. :)

Easy mole recipe here:

http://www.recipezaar.com/Mole-Mo-lay-Sauce-35659


27 posted on 08/03/2009 3:36:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Kozak

I just might have to pass on that one; I grew up dirt poor and we ate a LOT of SPAM and Free Government Cheese.

Haven’t lost my taste for ‘Grandma’s Free Government Cheese Mac-n-Cheese,’ but I think I can live without the SPAM, LOL!


28 posted on 08/03/2009 4:21:54 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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