Allow chocolate to act as a palate cleanser at the deep-fried fest otherwise known as the Minnesota State Fair.
Thank you, Lampi family, owner of this iconic Minnesota name, for reviving the fizzy, old-fashioned ice cream soda. It's a tall glass filled with rich vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup, soda water, whipped cream and a cherry, and it's perfect.
Liggett St. at Judson Av., $5.50
COLONIAL NUT ROLL CO.
These blue ribbon-worthy, handmade goodies-on-a-stick feature a white nougat center surrounded by caramel and nuts (pecans, cashews or peanuts) and then dipped in dark, semisweet chocolate. Seriously, what's not to love?
Dan Patch Av. at Underwood St., $5
FAMOUS MOE & JOE'S ESPRESSO BAR
Bananas take the front seat, flavor-wise -- and marshmallow creme dials up the sweet factor -- in grilled-to-order sandwiches finished with a dash of chocolate.
Judson Av. at Clough St., $4
OVEN FRESH BROWNIES
The name says it all. These ridiculously chocolatey palm-sized treats sport a dense brownie base topped by a thick swipe of gooey chocolate icing. Buy them with or without walnuts.
Dan Patch Av. at Cooper St., $3
Relive countless camping trips with old-school ingredients (Hershey's chocolate, Jet-Puffed marshmallows) and a cheap (well, at least for the fair) price of just two bucks. The only thing missing is the campfire.
Dan Patch Av. at Underwood St., $2