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.
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.
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 arrives in Macon, Georgia, for the International Cherry Blossom Festival and some of the prettiest, pinkest carnival treats around. He's getting a pimento cheese-filled breakfast sandwich called the Up All Night and a pink pizza called the Macon Cherry Bomb. Next, he's on his way to the Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee, Florida, to indulge in a trio of meat-filled midway munchies.
Noah Cappe gets festive at the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta! He's sampling the Seoul Dip -- a Korean twist on the French Dip -- then keeps things spicy with the Diablo Dog before going for a sweet finish with the Supreme Samoa doughnut stack. Next, Noah heads to Nevada to celebrate all things Irish at the Henderson St. Patrick's Day Festival where the Blasted Irish Burger hits the spot and the gold-infused Leprechaun Mac serves as a delicious pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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.
Noah Cappe rolls into Alabama for some country carnival cookin' at the Greater Gulf State Fair in Mobile. He digs into the Dirty Bird turkey leg and takes a ride on a crazy midway mashup, The Mothership. Then, Noah rings the alarm with a family of foodies at the Firefighters' Indian River County Fair in Vero Beach, Fla. This smokin' hot event starts off right with the Breakfast Buzz Burger and cools down with the Strawberry Lemonade Stick.
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 hits the Hunt County Fair in Greenville, Texas, and makes short work of the Smoke Bomb and the French Toast Crunch Burger. But it's the Blue Bacon Cheesecake that really knocks him out. Then he's off to California, where the annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival has inspired sweet berry treats like the Pizza Berry Pie and the surprising Strawberry Crisp Corn Dog.
Where there's smoke, there's fire, and Noah Cappe is ready to have his taste buds fired up at the Spencerport Volunteer Firemen's Association Carnival in New York. From the Flaming Weck to the Five Alarm Fries, there's plenty of sizzle. Then Noah gets a serving of Southern hospitality at the Great Anderson County Fair in South Carolina, where he chows down on the Backyard BBQ Burrito and Smash Potato Waffles.
Noah Cappe jets into State Fair Meadowlands to check out the freak show of food, beginning with Cream Cheese Larvets. He also indulges in the Pig in Mud: chocolate covered, deep fried bacon. Next, it's down south to Alabama. Local Vendor Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs are the talk of the fair, but it's the Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream churned in a tractor that converts Noah into a believer.
In North East, Penn., host Noah Cappe eats a Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich even The King would approve of, and checks out a Chicken-Stuffed Pretzel so good, it's got Noah all shook up. Next, Noah heads across the country to the California State Fair. The fair highlights the state's fresh produce in dishes like Spaghetti Ice Cream, where California strawberries are the base of the "sauce" in this frozen delight. And the famous Lobster Corn Dog gets crowds lining up to sample some of the freshest seafood on the West Coast.
Noah Cappe heads to the Arkansas State Fair for the hometown hero, the Arkansas Slamwich, the Stuffed Thanksgiving Taco and more. Then he travels to Florida for the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, where he indulges in a savory funnel cake called the Chick 'N' Cake, Deep-Fried Rice Pudding and other delights.