BLACKFOOT – The Creamy Creations booth at the fair advertises ice cream, hamburgers and more. But, locals know the "more" is really the hidden secret. Delicious treats like hand dipped chocolate raspberries, fresh huckleberry shakes, homemade caramel suckers and chocolate dipped cheesecake have kept fairgoers returning since 1989.
Jan and Arden Smith, along with their four children, believe that families should work hard and play hard. The Eastern Idaho State Fair is a combination of both for the family of well seasoned concessionaires.
Jan said, "I just love the fair! When our family had a chance to own a booth, it was 'yep' we would love to!
"We have grown, picked and individually frozen about 3,000 raspberries this year," said Jan. "We dip them in really good chocolate and prepackage them and that is just the beginning."
The family booth began before 17-year old Cabel Smith—the baby of the family—was born. Cabel, now a senior at Snake River High School, said preparing for and working at the fair is something he has done his entire life. During fair week, Cabel will spend his days at school and the rest of his time working at the fair.
"I would say everyone needs to try our ice cream," says Cabel. "We are the only ones at the fair that do it this way. My favorite is the Oreo—it is like soft serve, but like fresh deliciousness."
Cabel says if Oreo or candy bar ice cream is not for you—order the huckleberry or raspberry and watch them add a cupful of freshly picked berries.
"Every summer our family goes to Heise where we pick huckleberries," said Jan. "It is something that I love to do. Then we use the berries to make really delicious treats and we just love to see people smile when they try our stuff."
A few other favorites at Creamy Creations are the homemade caramel suckers which Jan said "is grandma's recipe and is delicious" and the chocolate dipped cheesecake, which is dipped when you place your order. You will also find Wave Break Bake Shop brownies which the family bakes and sells at local convenient stores year-round.
"When I was growing up I would come (to the fair) just to eat every night," said Jan. "It is always exciting when fair week comes."
The Creamy Creations booth is just inside the front gates next to the Blackfoot band corn booth.