Both kids and adults enjoy attending carnivals, festivals, state fairs, Winter celebrations, and street fairs. If you’re like me, chowing down on some delicious snack food while listening to some good music is relaxing and enjoyable. We have compiled an extensive list of the most popular carnival foods.
Whether it’s hotdogs, candied almonds, donuts, or cotton candy, all of these items can be made at home, at any time, regardless of the season. We think there is something here for everyone.
Deep Fried Food Ideas & Sweet Carnival Treats
A traditional yeast donut sweetened with cinnamon and sugar spices. This treat is a family recipe has been passed down for many generations.
The most popular carnival food has to be cotton candy. This is a great recipe that can be made for your children at home; anytime, any season.
On top of everyone’s state fair food list is funnel cakes. Who doesn’t love the deliciousness of a warm funnel cake. Enjoy these in the comfort of your own home.
Let me tell you, this is no basic donut recipe. Not only do these delicious treats contain expresso powder, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder but they’re also baked and require no deep frying.
Carmel apples are one of the most popular carnival foods for a reason. In this recipe, you will make your own caramel topping for all of those delicious apples.
These sweet chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake on a stick treats are perfect for walking around, talking and observing all the sites, music, and festivities.
If you want to enjoy sweet tasting carnival treats but you happen to be on a gluten-free diet, then these egg free brownies will do the trick. Not only are they low in calories (146 per square) but they’re also low in carbs (4 g. per square).
Traditional Italian fair food. These fried dough balls are soft, fluffy, and covered in powdered sugar.
This caramel carnival style treat is a fun snack to make for the kids. Also an enjoyable accompaniment to a great action flick or comedy.
Our carnival food list would not be complete without us mentioning churros. This delicious treat is made from puff pastry dough.
Cotton candy and ice cream is a perfect marriage and is a perfect addition to our carnival inspired food list. The addition of caramel corn is a nice touch.
There’s just something magical about eating caramel corn at a state fair, carnival, or festival. Enjoy this popular carnival food at home.
Do you enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers? Instead of just warming them up in the microwave, try transforming them into these amazing deep fried Thanksgiving bites.
King cake is a tradition during the Mardi Gras season. There is just something so amazing about the cream cheese filling.
This delicious pastry combines two of my favorite things. Peach and bourbon. Best of all, these hand pies are portable.
I think most people love the Halloween season. The kids will love this creepy popcorn creation.
CARNIVAL DINNER MENU AND FAIR FOOD LIST
These pork carnitas are pure fried Mexican food heaven and a wonderful addition to this ultimate carnival food list.
A popular carnival food list would not be complete without mentioning chili cheese dogs. The best part of this is the homemade chili.
This dish is a very popular snack food item in Japan. The batter is a combination of flour, egg, and dashi stock.
This interesting take on a BLT incorporates the delicious succulence of lobster. Wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and covered in dill-caper aioli!
Another classic food you find at a carnival. These dogs also incorporate the tangy taste of a pickle spear.
This classic bratwurst is topped with caramelized onions. Cooked in a beer, mustard, sugar, caraway sauce gives these dogs a unique taste.
If you crave Mexican street food like I do, you are gonna want to give this a try. The achiote, the guajillo chiles, and the basted pork shoulder make this dish magical to the taste.
Carnival Inspiration Food
These Japanese-style tigernut flour chocolate souffle pancakes are a towering plate of deliciousness. Not only are these hotcakes amazing but they are compatible with both paleo and gluten-free diets.
Candied almonds have become a staple at most fairs and during the Christmas season. Using just a handful of ingredients, these tasty snack treats are highly addictive.
Russian pancakes are more versatile than pancakes in the USA. Unlike crepes, they are thick and wide and ideal for your choice of filling. Common fillers include various meats, fruits, or sour cream.
This Japanese inspired snack food on a skewer makes a perfect street food. However, instead of traditional meat, this version uses tofu and soy sauce and mirin.
A traditional Mexican street food that is often available at street fairs and bazaars. A corn-based dish that includes various spices, lime, and topped with white cheese and Valentina hot sauce.
Miscellaneous Easy Carnival Food
This winter festival style drink originated in Japan and is made from fermented rice. Served hot, this will warm your bones on a cold fall or winter night.
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