EATING OUR WAY FROM END-TO-END: TASTES FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
by Christa Lawler
Rainbow Ice Cream, $9
Grandstand, upper level, east side
These CandyLand-eyed folks last year introduced pastel ice cream scoops, topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal, and wrapped in cotton candy as hardy as attic insulation. This year’s Lisa Frank-ian experiment is equally sweet, equally Instagram ready: It’s a swirling cloud of pink pillow with a twist of raspberry and cotton-candy soft serve ice cream. Optional toppings include the fruity cereal, gummy bears, sprinkles. When the sugar hallucination sets in, you might not be able to differentiate where the cotton candy starts and your hair ends. You’ll want to wash your hands before you try to pet an alpaca. Last year’s invention was a what-in-all-holiness moment; this year is Part 2 of aggressively photogenic brand building. Never change, Rainbow Ice Cream.
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YOUR 2019 GUIDE TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR'S NEW FOODS
by Emily Cassel, Sarah Brumble, Keith Harris, Bridgette Reinsmoen, Jessica Armbruster, Jay Boller, Mike Mullen
A swirled blend of cotton candy and blue raspberry soft serve ice cream in a halo of vanilla cotton candy and sprinkled with a mix of candy toppings. At Rainbow Ice Cream, $9
Inside the Grandstand, just past the Black Lives Matter booth and an actual table selling bath salts, you’ll find a line composed of 90% of women in pink and those fuzzy cat-ear headbands. This magical land is where Halo Cones are born. Here, friends floof the orbs of cotton candy surrounding each other’s ice cream cones, much like a maid of honor cares for her bride’s gown in the loo. The whimsy and absurdity distilled in this dessert reads like a narwhal on acid. The people making it actually let us put gummy bears in a cloud of cotton candy, or perch them on a mountain of pink and purple soft serve. Peel away the cotton candy to reveal a sugar cone wrapped in a paper that reads – we shit you not – JOY.
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NEW MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOOD REVIEWS 2019
by Drew Wood, Stephanie March
A swirled blend of cotton candy and blue raspberry soft serve ice cream in a halo of vanilla cotton candy and sprinkled with a mix of candy toppings. At Rainbow Ice Cream, located in the Grandstand, 2nd level east side. $9.
SM: GET IT: JOY, pure joy.
DW: GET IT. If for no other reason than to be the hero who walks through the Grandstand holding the physical embodiment of a 6-year-old's Willy Wonka fever dream. Also, it's good.
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WE DID IT FOR YOUR: 35 NEW MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOODS REVIEWED
by JESS FLEMING and NANCY NGO
13. Halo Cone, ($9)
Amanda: I don’t mind it. I think it showcases the Fruity Pebbles well.
Nancy: I was in line with a bunch of teenage girls for this one.
Claire: Sweet and sticky.
Jess: Sugar on sugar on sugar.
(Rainbow Ice Cream, located in the Grandstand, upper level, east section near the stairs tower.)
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ASK THE RESTAURANT CRITIC: 3 THINGS RICK NELSON CAN'T WAIT TO EAT AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
by Rick Nelson
"Q: What are you looking forward to eating at the Minnesota State Fair?
A: What I’ve been daydreaming about lately is the tangy, rose-tinted goodness at the Lingonberry Ice Cream stand, crafted especially for the fair; find it near the corner of Underwood St. and Carnes Av., just south of the Food Building[..]."
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