State Fair Bonanza! Grab your cowboy hat and bandana, we're about to pop food on a stick and celebrate the rest of summer.
I grew up in a tiny farm town. Life was pretty sleepy until summer, when the Hooper Tomato Days kicked off. Sure, it was no State Fair, but it was the closest we got. Parades, rides, homemade jam competitions…and food! We had all of the same glorious eats as the State Fair – including foods on sticks. When I was a kid, it was all so glorious. I'd start with corn-on-a-stick and end with a skewer of strawberries.
With August rounding out, it’s fun to bring the State Fair right to your kitchen. For starters, here’s how to make a recipe I wish I'd had way back when…Cupcake Kabobs
! Then, keep on scrolling for nine wondrously delicious (and wildly simple) State-Fair inspired sticks you can snack on.
Lineup! You just need a few basic ingredients to make these completely adorable Cupcake Kabobs. Start by baking yourself a batch of mini chocolate and mini vanilla cupcakes. Be sure to check out the recipe! We've altered it just slightly to make the cupcakes a little more sturdy. This helps keep the skewer looking schmexy.
Frost the vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and the chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. We likes to mix it ups like that.
Now dip each of them into their corresponding sprinkles. Chocolate frosting in chocolate sprinkles, vanilla frosting in vanilla sprinkles. So cute!
Final step: Dip some strawberries in chocolate and roll them around in rainbow sprinkles (or if you're feeling wild, roll them in chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Whatever floats your boat!)
Thread everything onto a skewer. Cupcake, cupcake, strawberry. The strawberries work well as a placeholder, to keep the cupcakes from slipping. To make it all extra perfect, use a mini, flat popsicle stick or wooden skewer (metal skewers don't work so well…they can be a little fierce and rip through your tender cupcakes, so stick to the wooden ones!)
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Then, grab a stick and enjoy!
9 More Foods on Sticks
Put your brownies on a stick and start snacking! This adorable recipe will show you how to turn little brownie bites into scrumptious brownie skewers.
What's more State Fair than a hot dog on a stick? These fun-to-make (and even more fun-to-eat) pigs in a blanket, served on a stick for fork-free fun!
Who says State Fair eats have to be naughty? Make a healthy salad on a skewer with this recipe, then dive into your bikini for a round at the dunk tank.
The traditional tamale turns into a two-bite snacker with this incredible Fried Tamale on a Stick. It's yummy, it's scrumptious, you might need to eat it pronto!
Can't get enough of State Fair eats? Put together our State Fair Skewer party and dish up a whole dinner…without dishes.
What do State Fairs, airports, and your house have in common? They all smell like cinnamon rolls…on a stick! Make this recipe in minutes.
Toss those frozen bananas out the door, and fall in love with frozen pineapple. We've got the ultimate twist on the traditional frozen treat, made sweeter than ever!
It's a classic! Corn on stick is absurdly scrumptious and ready to eat with our perfectly seasoned sweet corn.
State Fair snackin' goes global. This incredible chicken satay is restaurant-worthy! Delicious! Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!