The 10 best new State Fair foods (and a few clunkers to avoid)

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Don’t waste a precious moment of this year’s State Fair on mediocre food. Here are the best new bites of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Check out our ultimate guide to all the new foods of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair here.

10. CRACKER JACK® Caramel Sundae
At Goertze’s Dairy Kone. $7
The folks at Goertze’s Dairy Kone get bonus points for presentation and personality. The jocular mien of our server put a smile on our faces — as did the Cracker Jack caramel sundae he handed us. The monster concoction features Goertze’s famous vanilla soft serve “ice Kreme,” topped with caramel sauce, mini M&Ms, and a drizzle of hot fudge all swathed in whipped cream. It’s piled into an actual Cracker Jack box, so you find a surprise layer of caramel corn on the bottom. It’s big enough to share, which is good, because everyone will want some.

9. Gumbo Frites
At Ragin Cajun. $7
We were thoroughly surprised by this one. At first glance, before the shredded cheese had a chance to melt atop the gravy-laden fries, we thought it would be a sloppy, two-bit rendition of a Canadian classic. But this bayou-poutine proved us wrong. It’s not exactly gumbo gracing these crispy French fries, but it’s a damn tasty gravy with bits of spicy ham that had us reaching in for more. Don’t sleep on this curious wonder.