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Best County Fair Foods You Can Make At Home

If you start feeling like you’re missing out on some of your favorite guilty pleasure foods from the county fairs this list of recipes will provide you with ideas for homemade versions that are just as good! Bring the state fair to your home with these homemade winning recipes.
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Coronavirus Pandemic has deprived us of many summer activities we wholeheartedly love. It almost feels like the summer season is not complete until you get to stuff your face full of fennel cakes, see some crazy art and a new level of butter sculpture mastery, and discover some new absurd food combination, on top of enjoying every imaginable deep-fried goodness.

Modern problems require modern solutions and we are here to help. When you start having cravings for those good county fair foods, step up your kitchen game and make them at home! It will probably take a while to get rid of the deep fryer smell, but, hey, it may just help create the authentic atmosphere.

So choose your favorites and let’s get to cooking!

State Fair Foods

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Funnel Cake

In the Kitchen with Jonny

There is not one fair that isn’t filled with the intoxicating sugary scent of funnel cakes! There seem to be endless versions of fried dough depending on the region, but turns out it’s not that difficult to recreate in the comfort of your own kitchen. These funnel cakes are super simple and quick to make. The flavor will sure bring you back to summer days at the fair.

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Sugar 'n' Spiced Pecans

30 Pounds of Apples

Be careful with these, because they are addictive! Sugar and spice and everything nice … if you have deep or even moderate love for candied pecans, this homemade treat will change your world. In fact, they might be even better than those you get at county fairs at 10$ a cone.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Corn Dogs

Candid Appetite

Bacon? Cheddar? Jalapenos? Corn dogs? All in one bite? Say no more! But did I mention there’s a sweet and spicy honey mustard dipping sauce involved? These decadent crunchy homemade corndogs will blow your socks off… you have been warned.

EASYTREE NUT-FREE

Deep Fried Mars Bars

OnePotChef

There are many things Scotland has given us that we should be grateful for like whiskey, bagpipes, kilts, funny words… but you might not know that one of the unhealthiest and yummiest desserts ever, the deep-fried mars bar, has been invented in Scotland as well. Frozen and dipped in cake batter, the mars bar is then deep-fried until crisp and golden on the outside and gooey in the middle.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Deep Fried Pickles

The Edgy Veg

Let’s keep on deep-frying! Next on the list - pickles! These deep-fried pickles are addictive finger food perfect for any get-together you’re hosting whether it’s game night, movie night, or cocktails with friends. Serve with my creamy dill sauce or sauce of choice. And definitely make an extra batch, because they seem to disappear very quickly.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Apple Cider Maple Caramels

30 Pounds of Apples

Homemade candy! What could be better? Making these apple cider caramels might cause a delicious mess in your kitchen, but chances are you are going to make them again and again. Pure maple syrup apple goodness!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Gluten-Free Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Feed Me Phoebe

In case you are trying to keep your county food cravings relatively healthy, these gluten-free strawberry basil shortcakes are for you. Even though there’s a modest amount of tequila and sugar in them, they could still be a completely acceptable, healthy, hedonist-approved breakfast.

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Raspberry Lemonade Gluten-Free Crepes

Joy Nemerson

Another one of our gluten-free favorites - Raspberry Lemonade Crepes. They taste so good you’ll be instantly transported into a bright and sunny summer day no matter where you are. Flip, fold, and savor.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Mixed Cherry and Berry Pie

Passionate About Baking

Apple pie might rank higher when it comes to most people’s favorites but wait until you try this perfectly balanced mixed cherry and berry pie. It tastes just like summer!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Spicy Chocolate Popcorn

SideChef

Forget your regular microwave popcorn for snacking while binge-watching TV. This easy-to-make popcorn is additive with its unique flavor combinations - it’s sweet, salty, chocolatey, and a little bit spicy. Give this spicy chocolate popcorn recipe a try on your next movie date at home!

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Donut Holes with Kahlua Ganache

Vodka & Biscuits

Still looking for the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings? These fluffy doughnut holes coated in cinnamon sugar served with silky espresso chocolate ganache with a hint of Kahlua will most probably do it for you.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Gluten-Free Krispy Kreme Copycat Donuts

Joy Nemerson

These Gluten-Free Krispy Kreme Copycat Donuts are the ultimate indulgence! Sweet classic glaze, rich vanilla flavor, and the satisfying crisp crust. And you will have them ready in 30 minutes! It doesn’t get any better than this!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

30-Minute Sea Salt Caramel Corn

SideChef

Another homemade popcorn treat you won’t be able to put down. Sea salt and caramel corn is the ultimate sweet and savory treat!

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