Whether they're deep-fried or bacon-covered, these classic confections are worth the glucose spike.
It’s no secret that carnivals feature some of the unhealthiest, and most-awesome, foodstuffs known to mankind. But even these festive funtopias occasionally go too far. Here are some of the wackiest and strangest foods that'll have you tossing your triple-fried cookies all over that dang Gravitron.
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.
Corn chips, cheese and loads of toppings are the base of this simple Tex-Mex dish, but our carnival cooks can get pretty creative. Host Noah Cappe tries some of the wackiest and wildest nacho combinations on the midway.
Bacon is the star of its own blockbuster sequel and host Noah Cappe is at the front of line to savor even more bacon-tastic fairground favs.
Noah Cappe gets things started in Florida at the Okeechobee County Fair where he samples the Hot Wing Grilled Cheese, the Sweet Bacon Devil Burger and the made-in-Florida Strawberry Margarita Funnel Cake. Next, he's off to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas, to indulge in ooey-gooey Pasta Roses before finishing things off with the Lords of Hogtown -- homemade cinnamon rolls made even better with bacon!
Noah Cappe celebrates the arrival of spring in Winchester, Va., at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. He gets things started with the Cowboy Breakfast and ends the day with the uniquely sweet Caramel Apple Tots. Then it's over to coastal California for the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, where Noah challenges himself to the 5 Pounderito and tries the finger-licking Ice Cream Funnelwich.
Noah Cappe is ready for 1,001 nights of fun at the Arabian Nights-themed Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio, Calif. He makes a date with a dangerous burger and enjoys a sweet mashup with the Churro Dog. Then Noah heads to the Clay County Agricultural Fair, where a South Florida favorite is re-imagined as the Cubano Dog, and he gets caught up in the Hawaiian Typhoon.
Noah Cappe pigs out at the Bacon and Bourbon Fest in Wellington, Fla., where all-American classics make an appearance in the Stuffed Crust Bacon-Za, but it's the Peanut Butter Pork Donuts that hit the sweet and salty spot. Then Noah heads to the ThurtenE Carnival at Washington University in St. Louis, where he gets his fill of delicious school spirit. Even a rainy day can't dampen the fun as students serve up a deep-fried hot dog and an ingenious ice cream sandwich made with edible raw cookie dough.
Noah Cappe goes loco for Sunshine State snacks at the Manatee County Fair in Palmetto, Fla. There's lots of ooey-gooey goodness in the Pizza Supremo Burger and the Ulti-Melt Burger, but it's the Sandia Loca that has Noah flipping out. Then he's shaken and stirred by some Kentucky classics at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville, Ky., where old-fashioned favorites are served with a side of good humor and a shot of American whiskey in the form of Kentucky Mac and Cheese and Bourbon a la Mode funnel cake.
It's love at first bite as Noah Cappe munches on some Texas-sized treats at Rodeo Austin. With a tagline of "Where Western meets weird," the Rodeo is the place to find one-of-a-kind carnival eats like the Kobe beef Rodeo Austin burger and the massive Stuffed Chop. Then Noah's off to the Pima County Fair in Tucson, Ariz., for a shrimp stick featuring sweet Gulf shrimp and fruity cereal. He also digs into The Big Rib and finishes the day off with the brain-numbing Nitro Whip.
Noah Cappe meets his match with some knock-out fruity feasts at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. He starts the day with the Strawberry French Toast Burger and slurps the Way Better Strawberry Shake. Then he heads up the coast to Maryland's Towsontown Spring Festival, where he munches on a Poppin' Lobster Dog and goes local with the Baltimore Club and some Japanese street food.
Noah Cappe takes a trip to the Coastal Carolina Fair near Charleston, S.C., where he samples a local legend, Jack's Cosmic Dog. Trolling the fairgrounds, Noah catches the Catfish Sundae and takes a bite of fall flavors with the Pumpkin Cheesecake Pop. Then he heads west and feels the desert heat with some spicy fare at the Maricopa County Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. Noah's taste buds start tingling thanks to the Burnin' Up Burger and the Popper Dog, but a treat so special they call it the Unicorn Shake offers cool relief.
Host Noah Cappe goes surfside for a coastal fairground adventure. He'll sample creative beach eats from midway vendors all around the country.
Noah Cappe dives into the fairground for some of the yummiest seafood snacks on the midway.
Host Noah Cappe finds veggie-friendly treats that don't need meat to be indulgent. He tries plenty of delicious, salad-inspired snacks on fairgrounds across the country.
Noah Cappe packs his breath mints and heads to the South Florida Garlic Festival in Lake Worth, Fla., where the stinking rose makes an appearance in fair foods like the Claw Cake Burger and Mojo Pork Pockets. But it's the Toasted Garlic Donuts that get Noah's taste buds tingling. Then he's off to enjoy America's favorite ballpark snack at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala., where he finds high school band boosters hard at work serving fair food classics with a peanutty twist.
Noah Cappe arrives in the Aloha State for the 'Iolani Fair. This school fundraiser fair in Honolulu features Hawaiian-style fried dough in the Malasada Ice Cream Sandwich and Sweet Roll Sliders. Then, Noah heads over to the white sugar sands of Naples, Fla., where the sweet times continue at the Collier County Fair and Exposition. He goes for two mashups: the Cubano Pizza and the PB and J Dog.
Noah Cappe is in carnivore mode for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo in Texas. From the Southwest Dog to the Show Hog, no one goes home hungry. Then he heads to the Great Anderson County Fair in South Carolina for a "steak out" in the form of the Spud Steak Sandwich before wrapping up the day with a midway mashup, the Apple Cheesecake Quesadilla.
Funnyman host Noah Cappe indulges in America's favorite carnival eats at the 89er Days Festival celebrating the land run in Oklahoma's historic first capital, Guthrie. He meets a fourth generation Cherokee who teaches him the secret to authentic fry bread for Indian Tacos. He loosens his belt to take on the Giant Texas Tenderloin Sandwich and begs for more as he wolfs down the delightfully decadent Fudge Puppy. Next, he takes his pick from a field of flavours at the Pungo, Virginia Strawberry Festival where he finds himself getting sweet on Strawberry Arugala Pizza, supersizes a Strawberry Shortcake and puckers up with giant Deep Fried Pickles. Finally, it's a race against time as he discovers the crunchy creamy goodness of the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich.
On this episode, host Noah Cappe travels to Oklahoma for the Apache Rattlesnake Festival. He bravely samples the Deep Fried Rattlesnake, the namesake dish of the festival. Then it's back to more carnival classics like Texas Twister Fries and the spicy Mexi-Dog. Later, Noah takes in the treats at Alabama's Oak Mountain Spring Fair. Starting with Dre's Barbeque Baked Potato, and moving onto cheese-stuffed gilled pork balls, jambalaya stuffed peppers and finishing up with Deep Fried Bread Pudding, it's southern comfort food with a fair flare!
Noah Cappe heads to North Carolina for the Got To Be NC Fest. Local pecans top the Cinnamon Roll Waffles and Noah tries the only Donut Sloppy Joe on offer on the east coast fair circuit. Then it's across the country for the Portland Rose Festival. He devours smoked mac & cheese, a dish so amazing it's got the people of Portland dancing in the streets. Next, the classic American apple pie gets the carnival eats treatment and is transformed into Apple Pie Fries. Beef Tongue Tacos prove that Portland is still keeping it weird.
To eat or not to eat? For Noah Cappe, there is no question! Noah heads to San Diego and hams it up at the Balboa Park December Nights festival. The day starts off right with a breakfast Belgian waffle called the Ham I Am, and then it's a showdown between the East Coast Lobstah Taco and homegrown Cali Spicy Kaprao Burger. Then Noah heads north to Antioch, Calif., for the Contra Costa County Fair, where Mexican-American specialties take top prize.
Noah Cappe chills out with some cool Twin City treats at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Despite sub-zero temperatures, he gets into the spirit with local specialties like the Nordic Waffle Pizza and the super-indulgent Biergarten Cupcake. Then Noah heads to the San Bernardino County Fair in Victorville, Calif., for some rays and eats like Lil' Corn Cakes and an ooey-gooey S'Mores Chimney Stack.
After trying almost 500 fairground foods, Noah Cappe is a midway culinary expert. Now he's sharing his personal greatest hits by taking a trip down the memory midway of his favorite foods.
Host Noah Cappe takes a seat at the table for family dinner -- carnival style! He'll meet the carnival cooks who put a twist on family favorites and transformed them into fair food marvels.
Regional specialties get a carnival upgrade on the midway! From sandwiches that put cities on the map to desserts representing an entire state, host Noah Cappe is determined to try them all.