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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Deep-fried PB & J: Sweet, salty, gooey and delicious.
Deep-fried PB & J: Sweet, salty, gooey and delicious.
Pierogi: Cheese, potato and yum.
Pierogi: Cheese, potato and yum.
Our heaping plate of spiral-cut potato chips.
Our heaping plate of spiral-cut potato chips.
Deep-fried beer. Pass.
Deep-fried beer. Pass.
Wisconsin's own cheese curds.
Wisconsin's own cheese curds.
Sweet and delicious, a chocolate-covered banana could be the healthiest thing you eat all day.
Sweet and delicious, a chocolate-covered banana could be the healthiest thing you eat all day.

Grazin' through the State Fair

I try really hard to watch what I eat. But, once a year something comes along that is laden in unavoidable unhealthiness, and despite my best efforts my healthy eating habits go straight out the window.

We know it. We love it. It is the Wisconsin State Fair.

It's no secret that fried food is the crown jewel of the fair, with mullets coming in as a close second. Each year the items get more and more creative and more and more ridiculous, and this year some friends and I set out to try all the sweets, treats and fried fattiness we could stand in an afternoon.

So, strap on your feed bag and promise yourself you'll go to the gym ... tomorrow. Here's our list:

Grilled cheese – The grilled cheese is a staple of any well-balanced Wisconsin diet. I usually take mine with a large bowl of tomato soup and typically between the months of November and March, but hey, it's always a good time for cheese. A perfect balance between cheese and buttery toasted bread, it was a great item to break the fried food seal.

Honey ice cream with butterscotch coating – Chocolate will overrule butterscotch any day with me, but my friend Samantha dove right into this one. She didn't say much of anything for the next 15 minutes so we assumed it was probably pretty good. "Refreshing," was about all we could get out of her. The coating was nice and thick, so the ice cream stayed inside and she managed to eat the whole thing without it dripping all over her.

Fried beer – In theory, it sounds like a perfect marriage of two of the world's greatest creations. In reality, not so much. Even a dip in some hot cheese couldn't save this one. It was a fail all around, with each of us agreeing it tasted like stale, yeasty bread, but wet. Try it if you feel the need to say you did, otherwise, dip some bread in your beer instead.

Cheese and potato pierogi – Did I mention it's cheese and potatoes? Oh-so good. If you've never had pierogi, the best way to experience them is to make good friends with a …

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