Choose your avatar

Why Americans love food on a stick
Text Size

The US love affair with food on a stick

US politicians have been photographed eating pork chops on a stick at a state fair in Iowa. The fair boasts more than 70 different varieties of food on a stick.

Cooked corn-on-the-cob - on a stick

There's sausage on a stick. Chicken on a stick. And corn on-the-cob on a stick. Cheese and fruit come on a stick. So do marshmallows.

Peppered watermelon cubes on a stick

But other options are more surprising. You can buy hard-boiled eggs and honey on a stick. Deep-fried brownies, apple-pie and chocolate-covered cookies 'n cream come on a stick. So does fried peanut butter and jelly, tater dog (potato) and fried butter.

For the cholesterol conscious, there is even salad on a stick.

Deep-fried Twinkie - an American snack cake filled with cream - on a stick

But Iowa isn't the only state that celebrates food presented in this way. The practice is popular at county and state fairs all over the US. According to a food historian,

"State and county fairs are the big entertainment of the year in rural America, and eating on sticks is a very American thing to do. It comes from a culture that's been around since before the 1840s. It's food you can eat strolling around.”

The all-American corn dog

The classic food on a stick in America is the corn dog. It's a sausage, dipped in batter, formed around the stick and deep-fried. It was the first to be popularized during the 1940s. Over the last 20 years, there has been a huge expansion in the types of foods that are put on a stick. Things like fried Snickers bars, fried Milky Way, fried pizzas and frozen cocktails have become common, and one of the strangest must be liver mush on a stick.

Shashlik, the Russian version of food - in this case, meat - on a stick

While the food on a stick phenomenon isn’t exclusively American – think Turkish shish kebabs and Indonesian satay – the Americans do it differently. It’s like some sort of extreme sport on a stick: what to put on a stick that nobody’s done before.

Deep-fried insects for human consumption sold at food stall in Bangkok, Thailand

It won’t be long before people will be eating cockroaches on a stick – although that might be a delicacy too far for the country’s politicians!

(All images - credit: Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons licence)

Hello Whiz!

You can register to get full access. Members get access to thousands of stories, videos, quiz, games and a lot of fun stuff. And that's not all! Get reward points, downloads and get featured on The Whiz Times

Already a member ? Please Login

Feb 4th, 2017 at 5:05 AM
If only the shop was...
Jan 30th, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Good for Katie that...
Jan 30th, 2017 at 9:59 AM
Catnaps are sure...
Jan 30th, 2017 at 9:58 AM
I like having...
Jul 8th, 2016 at 7:17 AM
It is nice how there...