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 says good morning to the California sunshine at the Sonoma Marin Fair with Breakfast on a Stick, and chows down on another West Coast classic-turned-carnival eats: the Green Goddess. Then it's off to Wisconsin for the Racine County Fair's Classic Cheese Curds and The Pink Taco.
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 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.
Noah Cappe is hot on the trail of some otherworldly carnival eats at the UFO Festival in Roswell, N.M. From the Alien Egg to the Crashed UF-Dough, it's good eating for earthlings. Later, Noah heads to California's Orange County Fair where he tackles the massive Porky Leg and makes dreams come true with Deep Fried Pizza.
Noah Cappe drops in on central California's Placer County Fair, the home of some one-of-a-kind fair foods, including the World's Largest Funnel Cake. Noah lends a hand as a new world record is set -- and then happily samples the result. He wraps up his visit with two Argentinian offers and a fudge/cookie mashup. Then he's off to the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa, where Deep-Fried Peaches and Ice Cream and a Walking Fish Taco keep him on the go.
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.
Ingenious fair vendors use the humble potato to create some amazing and original midway food offerings. Host Noah Cappe's on a mission to taste every single one!
Noah Cappe is following the smoke signals to the fairground! He's chowing down on midway food inspired by cooking over an open campfire.
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.
At the Paris Fair in Ontario, Canada, Noah Cappe gets regal with Her Majesty's Feast, ponders a Meat Pie Poutine, gets down and dirty with the Dirtburger and bites off more than he can chew with the gigantic Maddy Moo's Wrap Attack. At the Washington County Fair in New York, he taps into Sugar Shack Cotton Candy, bites into Bleu Ribbon Fries and eats himself into knots with the Twisted S'More.
The York Fair in Pennsylvania has been drawing crowds since 1765, and has had 250 years to perfect its carnival eats! Host Noah Cappe decks the halls with a Taste of Christmas, goes off on the Burger Bomb Pretzel, enjoys a Fork Free Chick'n'Waffle and the patriotic Apple Pie Funnel Cake earns a very big salute. Then, Noah heads to upstate New York to the Steuben County Fair where he attains sandwich nirvana with the Steuben Cuban, feels the burn with Five Alarm Fried Fudge and finds the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Sugar Waffle.
Mouthwatering midway munchies are on the menu at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, N.Y., where Noah Cappe goes wild for the Spaghizza, packs on the pork with Freshman 15 Fries, snaps to attention for the Veteran's Clam's n' Corn and communes with the Holy Cannoli. Then at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Noah's day starts off just right with the Slammin' Salmon Breakfast Biscuit, then the Bird Dog has Noah begging for more and the Dirt Road Banana Split makes him lick his bowl clean.
Noah Cappe takes a bite out of the Great New York State Fair where The Defibrillator gets his heart pumping. Then he tries on two local favorites -- the piquant Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese and the Crispy Clamwich. For dessert, he wolfs down PB&J Ice Cream. Then it's off to Columbia for the South Carolina State Fair, where the floods don't stop Noah from sinking his teeth into The Super Stick and a Monster Meatball Sub, before The King's Corn Dog gets Noah all shook up.
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 California desert for a date with deliciousness at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. After some hot and spicy treats like the Fire Fingers Kartwheel and the Sonoran Fire Dog, Noah's earned a cool Palm Date Shake. From there, he heads to the Pensacola Interstate Fair for some Flori-Bama fun. Noah digs into some Crabby Tots and the Love Me Tender pizza before meeting up with the Queen of Funnel Cakes for the ultimate fairground sweet.
Noah Cappe travels back in time at the Texas Renaissance Festival, where the medieval-inspired meals range from the Sir Francis Fry Dog to The Crown Jewel. Then it's over to Plant City, Fla., where Noah chows down on some berry delicious carnival treats at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Strawberries even make a surprise appearance in some savory treats like the Sweet Brisket Taco and the Spicy Strawberry Stack.
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.
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 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.
Noah Cappe begins his journey at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, where the Blue Balsamic has Noah saying "yes, cheese" while The Mean Green is pretty nice! He tries on The Great Canadian Rosti, and tops it all off with the Massive Marshmallow Crunch. Later, he makes his way down to the State Fair of Louisiana, where the specialties include Lupita's Gorditas and The Five Pounder burger. He ends his culinary adventure with the sweet Not Yo' Average Nachos.