MINNESOTA STATE FAIR VOWS HARRY SMITH WITH CULINARY DELIGHTS
"NBC’s Harry Smith was one of the 2 million people who ate his way through this year’s Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The loaded menu included creative delights such as an ice cream and cotton candy burrito and a sweet breakfast beer."
Rainbow Cloud Roll at min 1:44
Harry Smith :" It's surprisingly good!"
WATCH THE VIDEO: TODAY SHOW
A VISUAL TOUR OF THE MOST INTERESTING FOOD FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
by Dane Rivera
"Okay, yes, the Rainbow Cloud Roll looks very very unappetizing, unless you’re a child who still thinks colors are flavors. But we have to hand it to Rainbow Ice Cream, a small stand in the upper level of the Grandstand who managed to make a dessert that perfectly encapsulates the insanity of state fair food. Extra points to them for finding a totally fresh way of using cotton candy. The Rainbow Cloud Roll is three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity pebbles and hand-wrapped on site in cotton candy. Choose from flavors such as the standard vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate, or go freaking HAM and just get the Superman flavor — it matches with this weird rainbow Frankenstein creation!
If you look at the Rainbow Cloud Roll and aren’t down to try it, you should ask yourself if you’re even truly down for the state fair."
READ MORE: UPROXX
STATE FAIR'S NEW FOODS HAVE LOCAL FLAVORS ON-A-STICK OPTIONS
by Christa Lawler
Rainbow Ice Cream
Level 2 of the Grandstand, east side
Each customer is tended to by a personal roll roller, who collects wisps of pink sugar, scoops superman, chocolate, vanilla or strawberry into the cotton candy, pours cereal over it and uses a sushi-technique to make a tight treat before slicing it in half.The rainbow cloud roll is sweet, maybe the sweetest thing ever, but because of the mix of textures, it doesn't seem aggressive. "This tastes like the future," said our resident 5-year-old, who sees the world through rainbow-colored glasses. It's a top pick for the you-ate-what category and will definitely land on remember-when lists.
Of note: Oddly, this is the second time in a week that we've encountered Fruity Pebbles as an ingredient. T-Icy Roll, a new thai rolled ice cream shop in West Duluth also offers it as an optional topping."
READ MORE: Duluth Tribune News
THE DEFINITIVE WORD ON THE STATE FAIR'S BEST - AND WORST - NEW FOODS
by Greta Kaul and Jessica Lee
"To save you the trouble of reading so much fair coverage, we fanned out across the Internet to bring you a meta-review based on the reviews of critics from the Star Tribune, City Pages, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine and KARE 11."
READ MORE: MINN POST
I SURVIVED THE RAINBOW CLOUD ROLL AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
by Stephanie Cranford
"The Cloud Roll was also surprisingly edible. While I’ll confess to having a high tolerance for sweets—I had a Cake’d Up Celebration Beer later in the day—I didn’t feel like the fluff came anywhere near my tolerance for sweet in one sitting, let alone one day. The fruit flavors in the ice cream and the cereal cut through the cloying sweetness of the cotton candy quite nicely, and the “three scoops of ice cream” inside are small enough to make it manageable. I also succeeded in eating most of it without a spoon, until the cotton candy all melted in my fingers. Would I go back and eat another one? Well, not today (I’m full, mostly of beer, if you couldn’t guess), but if they’re back next year? I will absolutely take my chances with the Chaotic Evil fluff again."
READ MORE: Twin Cities Geek
NEW MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOOD REVIEWS 2018
by Drew Wood, Stephanie March
Armed with our handy GET IT, SKIP IT, or YOUR CALL guide to all the new foods at the Fair, you’ll be able to enjoy your annual pilgrimage knowing exactly what is and isn’t worth the precious space in your belly.
"Rainbow Cloud Roll
Three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. $8 At Rainbow Ice Cream, in the Grandstand, upper level, east section, near the elevator
SM: GET IT. I don’t hate it. I thought I would. I went into the bite hating all the fake stardom of bad ice cream pictures, and then it wooed me a bit. I love Superman ice cream, that is def your play for the innards, but the idea of wrapping it in cotton candy like a sushi roll burrito baby is the kind of rollercoaster food I feel like we’ve been missing at the Fair. Not the best dessert ever, but maybe the most fun one this year.
DW: GET IT. I am so proud that the human who finally decided roll Superman ice cream and Fruity Pebbles into a wrapping of cotton candy is a Minnesotan. Seriously, this is old-school, freaky, monstrous State Fair Frankenfood stuff in the best way possible. And, it actually works. It’s sweet as hell, but it works. Calling it now, once people lay their eyes on this freakish sugar bomb, there will be a line around the Grandstand for it."
READ MORE: Mpls St. Paul Magazine
CRITICS CROWN MINNESOTA STATE FAIR'S NEW FOODS WINNERS AND LOSERS
by Joy Summers @Eater Twin Cities
The glorious and the truly unfortunate new eats of 2018
"Rainbow Cloud Roll from Rainbow Ice Cream $8
Second Level of the Grandstand
Cotton candy acts as a bun, cradling Superman flavored ice cream sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream.
“Like those strawberry shortcake bars from the ice cream truck!” Nancy Ngo
“I went into the bite hating all the fake stardom of bad ice cream pictures, and then it wooed me a bit.” Stephanie March
“Hilarious, very State Fair,” Rick Nelson
“Went past sweet to something cooked up on a dare.” Dara Moskowtiz Grumdahl
READ MORE: Eater Twin Cities
REVIEW: EVERY NEW FOOD AT THE 2018 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
by James Norton @Growler Magazine
The Triumphant Thirteen
1. Rainbow Cloud Roll | $6 | Rainbow Ice Cream
"In the darkest moment of our tour-de-Fair, after a long run of the stalest and blandest dishes the event had to offer, pure magic entered our lives in the form of the Rainbow Cloud Roll. Three scoops of ice cream (strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate) are rolled in cotton candy along with a crunchy handful of Fruity Pebbles. Something this juvenile and sugary shouldn’t work, but it does: the Pebbles provide a great crunch, the substance of the ice cream complements the ephemeral cotton candy, the thing itself looks magical, and each bite is a strangely compelling delight.
Of all the food-disguised-as-other-food gimmicky dessert burritos and savory meat sundaes that the Fair has generated over the years, this one is a true perfection of the form. It is a burrito as sweet and wonderful as the dreams of children. If you don’t like it, then you are an impenetrable cynic and we feel sorry for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go buy a cotton candy machine and make one of these for everyone I love. –T.H."
READ MORE: Growler Magazine
NEW FAIR FOOD REVIEWED: WHAT YOU SHOULD WAIT IN LINE FOR - AND WHAT YOU CAN SKIP
by Jess Fleming and Nancy Ngo @Twin Cities
+ Aimee Olson from @memoriesonastick
"14. Rainbow Cloud Roll, $8 (Rainbow Ice Cream, located in the Grandstand, upper level, east section near the elevator)
Aimee: Takes me back to my childhood.
Nancy: Like those strawberry shortcake bars from the ice cream truck!
Jess: I love Fruity Pebbles, but my teeth hurt now."
READ MORE: Twin Cities
2018 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR NEW FOOD REVIEWby Phatphood @Wevetriedit
"Rainbow Cloud Roll – Three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. LOCATION: Rainbow Ice Cream – REVIEW: 9/10 $8.00 – I got Superman ice cream, many colors involved, but the cut just showed pink. I’m not mad, this is simple and an awesome dessert! Definitely on cloud 9. Love it!"
READ MORE: We've tried it
NEW FOODS OF THE 2018 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE [PHOTOS]
by Emily Cassel, Sarah Brumble, Keith Harris, Jerard Fagerberg, Jessica Armbruster, Jay Boller, Mike Mullen @City Pages
City Pages was there, eating all the Official New State Fair Foods and sorting them with our highly scientific Skip, Shrug, Scarf! system. Because you can’t—or at least, shouldn’t—eat them all yourself.
"Rainbow Cloud Roll
Three scoops of ice cream (Superman, vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate) sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. At Rainbow Ice Cream, $8
When we ordered the rainbow cloud roll, the cashier encouraged us to photograph the process and post it to Instagram. It was good advice—the rainbow roll is an utterly fascinating creation. Two people stopped us on the walk from the stand to the table where we ate it, marveling at the kaleidoscopic Lisa Frank burrito. The flavor did not disappoint, either: As you bite through the pillowy layer of cotton candy, the sugar crystallizes, crunching right along with the Fruity Pebbles surrounding the filling. Do yourself a favor and get it with the Superman rainbow sherbert. Absolutely delightful and tons of fun.
READ MORE: City Pages
VIDEO: OUTTA CONTROL: HOT NEW STATE FAIR FOODS
by Mark Vancleave @StarTribune
"Take a look at some of the craziest new food offerings to land at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. "
Rainbow Cloud Roll feature at min 01:03
WATCH VIDEO: StarTribune
FOOD CRITICS DISH ON STATE FAIR'S BEST (AND NOT-SO-BEST)
by Tim Nelson @MPRNews
"Rainbow cloud roll at Rainbow Ice Cream"
"It's three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. "It just sounds like a sugar bomb that's going to ruin your afternoon," Norton said. "If you just take one bite of it the strawberry flavor really comes through, the Fruity Pebbles give you this wonderful kind of crunchy texture and it just tastes like the fair in a bite." - Jason Norton, the Growler magazine food editor.
READ MORE: MPRNews
KARE 11 LIVE (Aug.23, 2018)
"Sven and Alicia are trying some new State Fair foods for today’s KARE in the Kitchen!"
Starts at min 04:45
"It's really good"
"It's actually an interesting idea. How did you come up with this idea? You must have the mind of a five year old."
"There's a crunch!"
THE CRAZIEST FOODS THAT YOU CAN FIND AT STATE FAIRS ACROSS AMERICA
by Shay Spence @People
We scoured the country for the best carnival cuisine—and learned that you can deep fry just about anything.
Rainbow Cloud Roll
"The unicorn food trend has all been leading up to this. Choose your ice cream combo—strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and something called “Superman” are all options—which then gets coated in fruity cereal and rolled in cotton candy, burrito-style. Find it at the Grandstand booth."
READ MORE: People Magazine
NEW MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOODS 2018
by Stephanie March @MPLS St. Paul Magazine
Dara’s Top 5 Most-Excited-For New Foods
"Most 2018: Rainbow Cloud Roll at Rainbow Ice Cream
It was New York City pastry chef Christina Tosi who brought sugar cereal flavors into the modern pastry kitchen, and last year was the year of the rainbow—rainbow toast, unicorn Frappuccinos, remember? Meanwhile, fancy cotton candy has popped up at fancy restaurants like Spoon & Stable, and is also to be found locally at Spinning Wylde. Anyhoo, three scoops of ice cream—including an option for bright blue Superman ice cream—on a “pillow” of cotton candy with fruity cereal? It’s all the pastry trends, come together at the State Fair! Can’t wait. "
READ MORE: MPLS St Paul Magazine
5 MOST INSANE NEW STATE FAIR FOODS
"The edible abominations vying for State Fair infamy."
by Joy Summers @EATER Twin Cities
The rainbow-colored food craze has landed in the Grandstand. Rainbow-colored ice cream is wrapped in a “pillow” of cotton candy. Ice cream flavors include the reasonable vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and whatever “Superman” tastes like. The picture also includes what appears to be Fruity Pebbles.
Located on the upper level of the Grandstand
READ MORE: EATER Twin Cities
TOP TEN NEW MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOODS THAT SOUND LIKE BAND NAMES
by Jay Gabler @The Current Blog - MN Public Radio
"It’s a little hard for this chamber pop orchestra to squeeze onto the Leinie Lodge stage — especially with full choir — but it takes a village to perform their epic concept album Strawberry Superman."
MORE: The Current Blog - MN Public Radio
25 MUST-DOS AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
By Caitlin Rick @Explore Minnesota
"Try one of the new State Fair foods for 2018. This year’s lineup includes a bananas foster French toast, honey cream soda float, and a rainbow cloud roll which includes three scoops of ice cream with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy."
MORE: Explore Minnesota