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.
Noah Cappe gets the royal treatment with "ye olde eats" at the Hoggetown Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Fla. Meat is all over the menu, and Noah goes wild for the Smoked Bison Burger and the Wild Boar Leg. Then he heads to Rodeo Austin for some weird treats like Armadillo Eggs, Cookie Dough Dream and a road trip to deliciousness called the I-35 Chili Jar.
Noah Cappe is at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair in Florence, S.C., where the Calzagna has him dancing for joy. He then peels into a Deep Fried Philly Blossom, gets hot for a Smokin' Okra Burger and investigates the Deep Fried Banana Pudding. Next, at the Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, Calif., the launches into the Atomic Habanero Tots, The Big Yum and a Mandarin Cheesecake Pizza.
The Norfolk County Fair in Ontario, Canada, is a culinary carnival. Noah Cappe appreciates the Thanksgiving Bowl, Butter Bacon Poutine, the Cheeseburger Eggroll, and downs it all with Ale and Apple Fritters. In South Carolina, he visits the Columbia Country Fair, where he takes a bite out of Gator Nuggets with Swamp Sauce, squeals with delight over the Hog on a Log and gets dinner and dessert together in the heavenly Angel and Devil Dogs.
Noah Cappe's first stop is at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, where he feels the burn with Dead Heat Tacos. He then takes on the Bacon Blast, the two and a half-foot Belly Buster Philly Cheesesteak and Reverend Larry's Oxtail. Next, he heads over the border to the Erin Fall Fair in Ontario, Canada, where he meets up with the original apple dumpling gang for their Ag Ladies Apple Dumplings, goes hog wild for Pork Belly Sliders and carries a torch for Crackle Lanterns.
Noah Cappe heads to New York for the Long Island Fun Fest and some Empire State eats. He can't resist a pizza covered in gooey penne alla vodka or a fancy Hamptons Dog, and he also tries the ultimate Italian-American combo, a Cannoli Calzone. Then Noah travels to Fort Pierce, Fla., for the St. Lucie County Fair, where he devours the savory and sweet Loaded Churro Fries. The Strawberry Cheeseshake and the Food Court Megastick send him home happy.
Noah Cappe ventures to the land of cheese for the Wisconsin State Fair and is greeted with the ooey-gooey French Onion Soup'r Stick. The Wisconsin Hot Chicken Bomb is a local variation on fried chicken, and the state's signature cocktail is transformed into the Deep-Fried Old Fashioned dessert. Then Noah is off to Goshen, Ind., for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. One of the prettiest fairgrounds in Indiana, it's also home to an iconic Indy Burger, a new take on the funnel cake and the mysteriously delicious Dark and Minty.
Noah Cappe heads to Vancouver to sample some amazing eats, like the truly Canadian Poutine Stuffed Burger, Shrimp Fried Rice Balls, Jerk Chicken Dumplings, and the Donuccino, a meal and a milkshake all in one. Later, Noah seeks out the main attractions at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine, where he finds heaven with the Pig Pile in Paradise and eats local favorites like a Lobster Roll and Maine Blueberry Crepes.
Noah Cappe knows Dela-where to find amazing fresh seafood, the Delaware State Fair in Harrington! He starts with the Shrimp Dog, then feels some soul with the Crabtastic Po' Boy. He also samples a local Delaware classic with the Apple Scrapple Burger before feeding his sweet tooth with a beer-battered Deep Fried Key Lime Pie. From there, Noah heads to the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix for the Chili Pie Burger, a Deep Fried Tamale, and a massive desert dessert: the Cinnamonster.
Noah Cappe heads for the Lone Star state to eat his way through the Texas State Fair in Dallas, featuring some inventive foods like the Bacon-tilla and the indulgent masterpiece of Chicken Fried Lobster. For dessert, Noah feeds his sweet tooth with a pair of earthy treats, the Carrot Cake Roly and the creamy Deep Fried Sweet Potato Pie. Later, Noah heads to the Oakland County Fair in Davisburg, Mich. to eat the Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap, the Rodeo Pizza, and The Whole Farm, a sandwich loaded with farm-fresh favorites.
Noah Cappe heads to the San Diego County fair in California, for breakfast with a bang with French Toast Bacon Bombs. Then he saddles up with the Maui Cowboy Burger and finds fried food fusion in the Deep Fried Nachos Supreme. It's a trio of carnival twists on favorite foods at the La Porte County Fair in Indiana with the Port Belly Reuben, Deep Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese and Creampuff Jimmy's original Giant Cream Puffs.
Noah Cappe heads to the annual Rio Rancho Pork & Brew festival in New Mexico, where he samples a trio of meaty meals before ending the day devouring adorable Baby Cakes. Then it's up north to the Ionia Free Fair in Michigan, where the state's largest free fair leaves Noah with a lot of dough to spend enjoying The Tator Grenade and Churro S'mores.
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 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.
Noah Cappe joins the crowds of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in Texas to experience the meaty Cowboy Burrito and the Texan Juicy Lucy. Then it's a big and bodacious take on the burrito, and Wake 'n' Cake, combining breakfast cereal with the classic funnel cake. At the Florida State Fair in Tampa, The Bacon Burger Bomb gets Noah's heart pumping, then there's a Funnel Cake Pizza to sample along with the Chocoberry Orie, a triple decker sweet.
The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach is one of the first events of the calendar year, and our vendors start the season off right with whacky takes on some fairground classics, with The Waffle Burger and the Donut Philly Cheesesteak. 'Zanado Fries and a S'mores Cobbler round off the day. Then Noah Cappe heads west to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, where he gets down with The F Bomb. The Uber-Tater is the ultimate in comfort food, while the Icy Apple Dream sends Noah home on a cloud.
Noah Cappe starts at the Delaware State Fair, where he'll eat the very stately Delaware Dog, a hot dog loaded with scrapple. Then, he'll try to tackle the funnel cake-filled Frankenfunnel Burger and the octopus-loaded Octotaco. Finally, he indulges with the Killer Cereal Treat, a deep-fried fruity breakfast smothered in ice cream. His second stop is the Obion County Fair in Union City, Tenn., where Noah snacks on some authentic Tennessee Wings, praises the Pope's Polish Pizza, and digs into the strawberry-est funnel cake on the fairgrounds.
Noah Cappe cruises up the west coast, starting at the Columbia County Fair in St. Helens, Ore. First up is a traditional Indian fry bread stuffed with some non-traditional ingredients, then Noah dives into the coastal fusion of the Great Pacific Pita before he gets his paws on the Deep Fried Chili Dog. Finally, Noah erupts with happiness when he eats the Marionberry Volcano. Later, Noah visits the El Dorado County Fair in Placerville, Calif. where he's excited to meet the Rib Pop, taste new heights with Maui Wowies and chow down on the Banana S'more Crepe Cones!
Noah Cappe's first stop is the Wayne County Fair in Richmond, Ind., where he takes a stroll with the Walking BBQ, feels the groove of the King with a Bacon PB&J Quesadilla, goes healthy-ish with a Deep Fried Salad, and chills out with an all-American ice cream sundae called the Burst of Freedom. Then, at the Lane County Fair in Eugene, Ore., Noah gets some golden gate goods with the Frisco Sandwich before feeling the heat of Jalapeno Popper Onion Rings and finishing off his day with some delectable Deep-Fried Coffee.
Noah Cappe hits the Big Butler Fair in Prospect, Pa., where he tears into the Conevore, filled to the brim with smoked brisket, pork and chicken. Then, Noah feels the fire with the Ragin' Cajun Hoagie before sampling a Fried Fruit Tart and Big Banana Pop. The folks at the San Mateo County Fair in California have a grand slam with the World Series Burger, then Noah gets wrapped up in a Chile Relleno Burrito and celebrates with Birthday Cake Popcorn Balls.
Noah Cappe samples the menu at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. From an Enchilada Funnel Cake to Bacon barbecue Corn, the hits keep coming. For the encore, Noah hits the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif. where he samples Drunken Pickle Pops and then captures the mysterious Pineapple Unicorn Bomb.
Noah Cappe starts the day right at the Shasta District Fair in Anderson, Calif. where he devours a Southern-style Biscuits 'n' Gravy Breakfast and rides off into the sunset with the Cowboy Funnel Cake. Later he takes to the skies at the National Balloon Classic in Iowa, where there's an Iowa-only pizza with his name on it.