12 Carnival Foods You Can Make at Home

You don't have to head to a carnival to eat your favorite fair foods. Try making these 12 delicious — and mostly deep-fried — delights at home, ferris wheels optional.

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Corn Dogs

This classic, super-crunchy corn dog is easy to make and doesn't require standing in line in the hot sun. No one will judge you if you eat five in a row, either.

Get the Recipe: Chorizo Corn Dogs with Grainy Maple Mustard

Fried Pickles

Kelsey Nixon makes her own quick pickles before flash-frying them. Impress your friends with an entirely homemade meal, including a killer ranch dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe: Fried Quick Pickles with Buttermilk Ranch Dippin' Sauce

Banana Split Funnel Cake

At home, you can top your funnel cakes with whatever your heart desires. This banana split version is extra decadent, but simple powdered sugar will also work just fine.

Get the Recipe: Banana Split Funnel Cake

Caramel Apples

Sticky-sweet caramel apples are the perfect crunchy treat when you don't want something deep-fried. Before they set, roll them in nuts, sprinkles or even candy.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apples

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Combine carnival staple lemonade with the flavors of cotton candy to get two of your favorites at once.

Get the Recipe: Cotton Candy Lemonade

Everything Bagel Soft Pretzels

Elevate your pretzels and cheese by adding everything seasoning instead of just salt. You can go for a standard twist shape or make dipping sticks instead.

Get the Recipe: Everything Bagel Soft Pretzels

Sweet and Sesame Kettle Corn

This kettle corn has sesame seeds in it, adding more crunch and flavor to the sweet and salty popcorn.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sesame Kettle Corn

Vinegar French Fries

If french fries are more your thing, fry up a batch of these boardwalk-inspired fries with salt and vinegar on top. 

Get the Recipe: Vinegar French Fries

Kiwi Snow Cone

Cool off with Sunny Anderson's Kiwi Snow Cone, which is as bright in flavor as it is in color.

Get the Recipe: Kiwi Snow Kone

Beef Nachos

No matter what toppings go on your nachos, they must have lots and lots of cheese.

Get the Recipe: Beef Nachos

Fried Onion Strips

Scared of frying an entire onion? Don't worry — you can just toss some strips in to get the same texture and flavor without all the mess.

Get the Recipe: Fried Onion Strips

Fried Mars Bars with Ice Cream

Chuck Hughes loves to deep-fry Mars Bars, but you can go with any candy bar you love for this recipe.

Get the Recipe: Fried Mars Bars with Ice Cream

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