The weather’s getting cooler (let’s hope it stays that way), the kids are back in school (thank God!), and carnivals and state fairs have been in full swing where crazy food is the main attraction.
Where else can one make a meal of those giant medieval turkey legs that bring out the caveman in us, a side of deep-fried Oreos, and a caramel apple (because, balance?).
Some of us love the fair just for the food—particularly the melt-in-your-mouth, deep fried doughy goodness kind. Gimme all the funnel cakes!
That’s my go-to—the funnel cake, though we called them elephant ears, which is cute and also disturbing if elephants are your favorite animal. Doused, not dusted with a generous white cloud of powdered sugar, the doughy concoction with the upturned crispy edges never failed to put a smile on my face, or sate my wicked sweet tooth.
A Taste and Tell Fair for All
Last harvest season we followed one of our favorite food bloggers, Deb from Taste and Tell, around the Utah State Fair where she and her family romped with rubber duckies, got cotton candy stuck in their hair and enjoyed some good old fashioned fair food.
Afterward, Deb shared her favorite recipes for fair food in the summer issue of FoodieCrush magazine. And that inspired us to hunt around for even more crazy fair foods from food bloggers across the web.
Read Fair for All and get the recipes here, and in the links below.
Blueberries and Cream Funnel Cake from Taste and Tell
Key Lime Pie on a Stick from Taste and Tell
Fried Cheese Curds from Taste and Tell
Strawberries and Cream from Taste and Tell
More Fair Food Recipes for All
With the air getting crisper, I’m dying to break out my oversized pumpkin-colored “Mr. Rogers” sweater—and settle into some comfort food, exactly what fair food is all about.
If you missed your favorite fair food this year or just didn’t care to brave the mass crowds, we’ve remedied the situation with a bevy of favorite fair foods from food bloggers to make at home.
Funnel Cake Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Chocolate Dipped Salted Nut Rolls from A Farm Girl’s Dabbles
Panko Fried Pickle Chips from Spoon Fork Bacon
Red Candy Apples from Butter Yum
Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Sugar Hero
Easy Kettle Corn from Two Peas and Their Pod
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Corn Dogs from The Candid Appetite
Sweet and Salty Bourbon Cinnamon Pecan Caramel Apples + Chocolate Drizzle from Half Baked Harvest
Funnel Cake Burger from Culinary Bro-Down
Cheaters Fried Ice Cream from Cooking Classy
Fried Pizza Balls from Kirbie’s Cravings
Brown Butter Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches from Heather Christo
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs from A Cozy Kitchen
Beer Battered Onion Rings with Smoked Paprika Aioli from Knead For Food
Red Velvet Funnel Cakes from A Subtle Revelry
Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon from The Egg Farm
Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob (Elote) from Confessions of a Foodie Bride
Peanut Butter & Jelly Pie Sticks from Spoon Fork Bacon
California Avocado Walking Tacos from Dine & Dish
Ramen Burger from Not Quite Nigella
Pound Cake Churros with Drinking Chocolate and Malt Ice Cream from Always With Butter
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What’s your favorite fair food? Did we miss a link to a favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments below.
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This has to be one of my most favorite round-ups ever! We practically live at the Iowa State Fair and I am addicted to many of the foods… my favorite has to be the mini donuts or the fresh watermelon cup (silly, I know… plain watermelon?) I want to try the blueberry beer in MN sometime… I need to get to that Fair! Great round up! I’m making the candy apples today!
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Ohhhhhh…how I miss the MN State Fair already, and it’s only been a month since we went! My favorite new eat, well drink, this year was a new blueberry beer from Grain Belt, topped with a frozen blueberry foam. It was spectacular. I seriously contemplated going back on the final day of the fair, paying that crazy admission again, JUST to have 1 more glass of that beer. Which really means 2 glasses. ;) Thanks bunches for including my chocolate dipped Salted Nut Roll. Such a FUN post!!
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Patricia @ ButterYum
Oh wow, thanks for including my Red Candy Apples in this great roundup. Can’t wait to check out some of the other posts. Happy Fall to everyone!
Love carnival food. Thanks goodness it’s only once a year, otherwise I would be in bad shape.
Funnel cake burger????? I NEED that in my life!! So fun seeing these pics again. It’s crazy how much bigger my kids are – that seems like yesterday!
Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
Oh man, this round up literally had my daughter and I going “WHOA!” This is amazing.
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
Now I am craving all things fried and indulgent! Love this round up. Now I am off to break out my stretchy pants….!
Ali | Gimme Some Oven
Amazing roundup! And those Browned Butter Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches…WHOA.
Ok, I have to admit, now I have that song in my mind from Charlotte’s Web — “the fair is a smorgasbord orgasbord orgasbord orgasbord….” :)
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It’s 9 o’clock in the morning and all I can think about is fair food! So many yummy recipes, love it!
Oh my I made it till 11. Neener neener