All 63 of the new food items at the 2021 Iowa State Fair and where to find them

Elle Wignall
Des Moines Register

Some of Iowa’s most outrageous culinary creations can be found at the Iowa State Fair, where ingenuity runs rampant and deep fryers reign supreme.

After a year without the fair, it’s safe to say we are all hankering for our “on a stick” fix. Among the longstanding traditions of massive turkey legs, bottomless buckets of warm cookies and footlong corndogs, 63 new foods will make their fairground debut in just under a month.

Read on for the full list, as well as the top three, chosen Tuesday by a panel of judges, and the rest of the top 10, chosen by the fair staff. You can vote for your favorite beginning Aug. 12, opening day of the fair, through midnight Aug. 16 on the fair’s website, iowastatefair.org.

Top 3 new Iowa State Fair foods

Chicken Egg Salad with Indian Fry Bread

A mash-up of chicken and egg salads, this protein-packed mixture includes celery, cranberries and toasted pecans and is served over warm fry bread or chips. It's finished with a nice kick from a heap of cabbage slaw, bacon-tomato aioli, fresh cilantro and smoked paprika.

Cost: $8

Where to find:Cluckin' Coop by the Iowa Egg Council/Iowa Poultry Association

Peanut Butter and Fluff Dough competes as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Peanut Butter and Fluff Cookie Dough

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gooey creation. Peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and Cocoa Krispies are rolled into a ball and frozen, then dipped in chocolate. 

Cost: $6

Where to find: Dipped in Chocolate by Oasis Concessions

Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken compete as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken

These wok-fried chewy soba noodles include a variety of 21 fresh vegetables, an ingredient not often found in fair food. The noodles and veggies are fried with white-meat teriyaki chicken and a secret island sauce. It is gluten free and can be made vegetarian.

Cost: $12

Where to find: Island Noodles by Brad Jensen

More:New foods of 2021 Iowa State Fair announced. Here are the ones from previous years.

The rest of the top 10

Cinnamon or Salted Pretzel Bites from Georgie's Old Fashioned Root Beer, Pretzels, & Nacho by Anna & Ryan Lamoureux compete as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Cinnamon or Salted Pretzel Bites

Bite-sized pretzels are a perfect finger food to carry along your fair route. Choose between a savory salted batch with cheese or Sriracha ranch or a sweet, cinnamon-sugar coated batch with frosting or coffee icing. 

Cost: $5

Where to find: Georgie's Old Fashioned Root Beer, Pretzels, & Nachos by Anna and Ryan Lamoureux

Granny D's Apple Pie competes as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Granny D's Apple Pie

Perfect for a single serving, this 3-inch pie is brimming with Granny Smith pie filling and coated in a sugary crumble. Kick it up a notch with caramel sauce and whipped cream.

Cost: $6

Where to find: Applishus by Connie Boesen

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The Bacon Mac Dog, a 100% Angus beef hot dog in a bun is smothered in mac 'n' cheese and sprinkled with bacon is one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Bacon Mac Dog

The Bacon Mac Dog is an All-American combination of comfort foods. This 100% Angus beef hot dog in a bun is smothered in mac n' cheese and sprinkled with bacon. 

Cost: $6

Where to find: Stockman's Inn by Brian Kreps

Tennessee Twinkies, one of the top 10 new fair foods of 2021, combine a mixture of smoked chicken, pepper jack cheese and cream cheese and stuff it into a cored jalape–o pepper all wrapped in bacon. Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Tennessee Twinkies

A spin on the classic jalapeño popper, Tennessee Twinkies are a mixture of smoked chicken, pepper jack cheese and cream cheese stuffed into a cored jalapeño pepper. If that isn't indulgent enough, they're also wrapped in bacon.

Cost: $10

Where to find: Chicken City by Hall Family Foods

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Duke's Quebec Style Poutine competes as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Duke's Quebec-style Poutine

Get a taste of a staple food from our northern neighbor with Duke's Quebec-style Poutine. Fresh cut fries are loaded up with white cheddar cheese curds and a healthy pour of turkey gravy.

Cost: $7

Where to find: Duke's Poutine by Matt Ribar

The Atomic Strawberry Shortcake competes as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Atomic Strawberry Shortcake

Made for sharing, the Atomic Strawberry Shortcake is an enlarged version of the original shortcake. It layers biscuits with hand-dipped ice cream and fresh strawberries and is topped with whipped cream and one whole strawberry.

Cost: $9.95

Where to find: Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers by Steve Black

The Peanut Butter Squealer competes as one of the top 10 new fair foods for 2021, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Peanut Butter Squealer

Part breakfast, part dessert, the Peanut Butter Squealer takes the traditional corndog to a new level. A maple-infused breakfast sausage on a stick is baked into a Belgian waffle and smeared with a peanut butter topping and bacon. 

Cost: $7

Where to find: Waffle Chix by Chris Taylor

2021 complete list of new Iowa State Fair foods 

  • Apple Tots
  • Appletizer
  • Atomic Strawberry Shortcake
  • Bacon Fanny Packs
  • Bacon Mac Dog
  • Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Egg Salad with Indian Fry Bread Chips
  • Barney's Beef Ribs
  • Bonnie's Black Cherry Slushies
  • Caramel Apple Smoothie
  • Chicken and Egg Salad with Indian Fry Bread Chips
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Ball on a Stick
  •  Chicken Bacon Ranch Cruncholi
  • Pretzel Bites: Chocolate Double Dip, Toffee, Coconut, Boozy, M & M, Peanut Caramel, Apple Cinnamon or Salted
  • Cotton Candy: Maple Bacon, Habanero Bacon, Spicy Pickle or Strawberry
  • Cowboy Beans
  • Crawfish Boil
  • Dozen Mini Concha-Mexican Sweet Bread
  • Duke's Quebec-style Poutine
  • Eggnog Cultured Frappuccino
  • Elk Sausage
  • Farmers Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Bacon and Sausage
  • Flaming Hot Cheeto Funnel Cake
  • Fresh Squeezed OJ Mimosa
  • Gorditas: Spiced Chicken, Steak, Carnitas or Vegetarian
  • Granny D's Apple Pie
  • Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich
  • Hawaiian Luau Ice Cream
  • Heith's Nashville Hot Pork Sandwich
  • Horchata
  • Ice Cream Sandwich: Bacon Molasses, Elvis Bacon, Double Chocolate Chip or  Snickerdoodle
  • Island Noodles
  • Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken
  • Island Smoothie
  • Jarittos soda
  • Large Duke's Quebec-style Poutine
  • Loaded Crab Bites
  • Lobster Rolls (Maine- and Connecticut-style)
  • Maple Bacon Strawberry Shortcake
  • Maytag Bleu Cheese Dip
  • Mini Concha Mexican Sweet Bread
  • Nashville Fried Berkwood Pork Sandwich
  • Nashville Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Peanut Butter Squealer
  • Peanut Butter and Fluff Cookie Dough
  • Peel-and-eat Shrimp
  • Pickled Spicy Eggs
  • Popcorn: Dill Pickle, Buffalo Ranch, Mix, White & Yellow Cheddar, Garlic, Caramel, Confetti, Bacon Ranch, Kettle and Regular
  • Pork Rind Nachos
  • Pork Rinds: Regular, Spicy or Dill
  • Pretzel Bites: Chocolate Double Dip, Toffee, Coconut, Boozy, M & M, Peanut Caramel, Apple Cinnamon or Salted
  • Rasp Croissant
  • Rattle Snake Sausage
  • Rattlesnake Corn Dog
  • Bacon Pickle Mac N' Cheese
  • State Fair Breakfast Sandwich
  • Street Tacos: Pork or Beef
  • Tamales: Spiced Chicken, Carnitas or Vegetarian
  • Tamarindo Drink
  • Tennessee Twinkies
  • The Giorgio: Cheddar Tortilla/Grilled Chicken/Roma Tomatoes/Fresh Mozzarella, Iceberg Arugula Lettuce Blend/Garlic Butter Croutons/White Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette Wrap
  • Tortas: Brisket, Cubano, Pulled Pork, Spiced Chicken, Steak or Vegetarian
  • Watermelon Warrior Slushies
  • Wagyu Beef Hamburger

Elle Wignall covers dining for the Register. Reach her at ewignall@registermedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ElleWignallDMR.