The Wisconsin State Fair may have been canceled this year, but cream puffs thankfully weren't – between the creation of a cream puff drive-in and a brand new cream puff concoction, the pumpkin spice puff. And the cooks in the State Fair kitchen weren't done experimenting there, as the annual summertime tradition introduced a special new flavor for the holiday season: cocoa puffs.
An idea so deliciously obvious it's crazy it took this long to become a reality, the Wisconsin State Fair will serve up cocoa cream puffs – featuring chocolate cream sandwiched between that classic puff pastry shell – this holiday season on Dec. 11-13.
So are these new puffs as good as they sound? Or are they less than the sum of their sweet, sweet ingredients? OnMilwaukee dining editor Lori Fredrich and I virtually gathered for a FoodCrush Live taste test to find out if these cocoa puffs are worth going cuckoo for.
Preorders for the new cocoa cream puffs cost $14 for a three-pack and $25 for a six pack so claim your cream puffs online at the Wisconsin State Fair website.
As for picking up your chocolatized cream puffs, vehicles should enter State Fair Park though Gate 5, found at 640 S. 84th Street. The curbside pick-up spot will be open Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., as well as on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Customers are asked to stay in their vehicles to ensure social distancing and keep any lines moving as smoothly as possible.
And becacuse it is the season of giving, the State Fair will offer several additional goodies to serve as stocking stuffers for others – or mouth-stuffers for yourself. The curbside menu will also feature peppermint brownies and classic chocolate chip cookies for sale, with three-packs costing $14 and $11, respectively. State Fair also offers several ticket deals on admission packages, bundles, coupons and vouchers as well, including $35 for four admission tickets and a cream puff three-pack voucher. For other packages and deals, visit the State Fair's website.
So get some holiday shopping done and top it off with a special holiday treat from the State Fair – and considering chocolate cream puffs were amongst my 14 flavors for State Fair to try, I expect some percentage of the sales. But does this mean that we're one step closer to a Malort puff? I apologize, humanity.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.