The Minnesota State Fair is ready to open up its 2018 season on Thursday, and one of the age-old questions still remains: What's the difference between a Pronto Pup and a corn dog?

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair

One of the more famous food items the Great Minnesota Get-Together sells is, of course, the Pronto Pup. It sure looks a lot like a regular corn dog, which, of course, you can also get at the Fair.

So what's the difference between the two? Well, according to this Star-Tribune story, it's all in the ingredients that make up the batter that surrounds the hot dog. And, it's not as simple as that old wives tale about the Pronto Pup not having cornmeal, while the corn dog does.

The story says that the Minnesota State Fair version of the Pronto Pups, do, in fact, contain cornmeal. But they also contain a few other ingredients that your 'regular' corn dogs don't.

"There’s also corn flour, as well as wheat and rice flours, which give it a more grain-forward taste. There’s only a dash of sugar, unlike the sweeter corn dog crusts. And the sausages inside the savory breading are blended fresh in Wisconsin," the story noted.

The story also went on to say that while the Pronto Pup can be found at other fairs and festivals across the country, it originated here in Minnesota, way back at the 1947 State Fair. Which makes it a true Minnesota original that is, in fact, different than a corn dog.

So that answers that. But it doesn't answer the question of which one YOU prefer: Are you on Team Pronto Pup, or are you a Corn Dog Devotee?

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