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Fabulous Fried Fair Food & Recipes.

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Fun At The Fair

Fun At The Fair

The Fabulous Food You Can Get At The Fair.

I always loved going to fairs. When I was young we could never afford to go except one time I remember going with an aunt to the California State Fair. I am always amazed at the different fabulous fried foods they have at fairs. I don't know how people come up with these fabulous recipes but here are a few. I guess carnivals could also be included in this hub. You find some good food at carnivals also we were able to go to the small carnivals that would come to town.

Let’s not forget funnel cakes. You can see them being sold in the picture above. Everyone has to go to the fair just to get a funnel cake. My friend Mary on HubPages tells how to make them check out her site at the bottom of this artificial.

You wouldn't find fried cactus in Wisconsin and maybe not fried cheese curds in Texas. Texas or Arizona would have the cactus, each fair has their own specialties.

I think a fun thing to do would be to have a party and make only fair food for the party.

Snow flying outside it's nice to think of summer and what's to come.



Fried Coke.

Texas State Fair has fried Coke. Deep fried flavored batter drizzled with coke fountain syrup on it and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry.

Oh, that sounds so good. I'm a soda drinker so anything with soda (Pop) (Coke) in it is fine with me.

See how to make this fried coke. Click on Fried Coke.

Fried Coke

Fried Coke

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food



Deep Fried Twinkies


  1. 6 Twinkies Popsicle sticks
  2. 4 cups vegetable oil
  3. Flour for dusting
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 2 tablespoons vinegar
  6. 1 Tablespoon oil
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Chill or freeze Twinkies for several hours or overnight.

2. Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in deep fryer to about 375 degrees.

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3. Mix together milk, vinegar and oil.

4. In another bowl,, blend flour, baking powder and salt.

5. whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth. Refrigerate while oil heats.

6. Push stick into Twinkie lengthwise, leaving about 2 inches to use as a handle, dust with flour and dip into the batter. Rotate Twinkie until batter covers entire cake.

7. Place carefully in hot oil. The Twinkie will float, so hold it under with a utensil to ensure even browning. It should turn golden in 3 to 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your deep fryer, you might be able to fry only one at a time, two at the most.

8. Remove Twinkie to a paper towel and let drain. Remove stick and allow Twinkie to sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6

With Twinkies no long available I have added a recipe for them from YouTube.

Cheese Curds

Cheese Curds

Cheese Curds

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound cheese curds
  • 1-quart oil for frying


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the eggs and milk. Mix until smooth. Add more milk for a thinner batter. Coat the cheese curds with the batter.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry the coated cheese curds approximately 1 minute each, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Always a Wisconsin favorite. Cheese curds are everywhere here any kind of county fair, street sale, Cranberry Festival or courthouse craft show you will find fried cheese curds. They are so good.

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

The many fried foods you can find.

  • Fried Marshmallows
  • Deep-Fried Oreos
  • Chicken Fried Bacon – Thick and peppery Farm Pac® bacon is seasoned, double-dipped in a special batter and breading and deep-fried. Served with a creamy side of ranch or honey mustard sauce
  • Fried Banana Split – a banana and honey peanut butter rolled in balls battered deep-fried, topped with assorted, fixings, powdered sugar, caramel and chocolate syrups, chopped peanuts, whipped cream and banana split flavored ice cream bites and a cherry.
  • Fried Pickles
  • Chicken Fried Cactus Bites
  • Fried Dough
  • Fried Snickers
  • Deep Fried White Castle Burgers (Orange County Fair)
  • Deep Fried Cupcake
  • Fried Elephant Ear
  • Deep Fried Donuts
  • Deep Fried Zucchini Curls
Blooming Onion  Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Blooming Onion Fabulous Fried Fair Food

  • Fried Jelly Belly Beans – Jelly Belly Beans are rolled in funnel cake batter and fried to a crunch
  • Deep Fried S’mores
  • Pineapple ring is battered and deep-fried
  • Fried Chocolate Truffles
  • Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls
  • Fried Pop Rocks
  • Fundae Blast Fried Dinner Roll
  • Fried Cake on a Stick
  • Green Bean Fries
  • “Jalapeno” Deep Fried
  • Bloomin’ Onions”(batter-dipped, deep-fried onions)
  • Giant Funnel Cakes (often topped with chocolate and whipped cream)
  • Batter-fried corn on the cob
  • Fried Chicken
  • Fried okra
  • Fried onions
  • Fried cookie dough
  • Fried Snowballs
  • Crispy Fried Cantaloupe Pie
  • Fried pies of all kinds
  • Beefy Fried Queso Bites
  • Fried cauliflower

I'm sure there are many more foods that are fried at the fairs. This is what I have found. Now let me tell you the crispy cream hamburger is not something I would eat.

Below photos from Minnesota State Fair, rice hamburger and their deep fried cheese curds. Some of the foods for the Minnesota State Fair were.

  • Jello Salad Ice Cream
  • Iron Range Pierogies
  • Deep-Fried-Lobster On-a-Stick
  • Chilaquiles
  • Beer Gelato
  • Bison Dog
  • Shrimp Dog

Fair Food

Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Fabulous Fried Fair Food

Rate The Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs.

A Wisconsin favorite is cream puffs not fried, but maybe someone will figure out how to fry them. Cream Puffs are easy to make. I don't make them now because it would just be me eating them. My husband is not a cream puff man. I made these when we had just been married a short time and they turned out great.


Makes 12 cream puffs


  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 tsp. iodized salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream, whipped with vanilla extract and sugar (see below)
  • Sifted powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour one very large or two small baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.

2. Pour water into a heavy saucepan. Cut butter into small pieces and add to water. Add salt. Place saucepan over medium-low heat so butter melts before water boils. Bring water just to boil.

3. Remove pan from heat and add flour all at once, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until dough forms into a ball and bottom of the pan is filled with flour. Let dough rest 5 minutes.

4. Add whole eggs, beating in one egg at a time. The dough should be stiff but smooth.

5. Immediately drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough 3 inches apart on baking sheet. (Or for a neater appearance, use pastry bag with 3/4-inch plain tip and pipe dough onto baking sheet.)

6. Combine egg yolk and milk in a small bowl. Brush each puff with glaze mixture, taking care not to let liquid drip onto the pan.

7. Bake 35 minutes, until puffed, golden brown and firm.

8. Cool puffs on wire racks, pricking each with a cake tester or toothpick to allow steam to escape, or leave them in a turned-off oven with the door propped open for about an hour, until firm. (If baked pastry is filled before cool and firm, it will be soggy and may collapse.) Baked puffs should have hollow, moist interiors and crisp outer shells that are lightly browned.

9. Cut off tops, fill with whipped cream (use pastry bag with star tip or scoop the whipped cream with a large spoon). Replace tops of the puffs and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Hodag Country Fest

View of the Country Fest Grounds

View of the Country Fest Grounds

Hodag Country Festival

Here we have the Hodag Country Festival. They sell all the great fried fair food. Our son works there each year and he said, "bloomin" onion is a big seller.

Neal McCoy is a Country Fest favorite. I just about ran into him one day at a store. I was in a hurry and he stepped right out in front of me if I hadn't stopped suddenly I would have run into him. He's very tall. He said, "Excuse me." then he stepped aside so I could pass through.

How To Make Funnel Cake At Home

Mary on hubpages tells how to make your own funnel cake at home. Just in case you can't get to the fair. Check out her hub.

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Fabulous Fried Fair Food & Recipes.


moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2015:

peachpurple, Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry it took me so long to comment on your comment. Little cholesterol once in a great while won't hurt.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 02, 2015:

i would love to try these fried food but too much cholesterol

moonlake (author) from America on April 04, 2013:

I have fried pickles the couple weeks ago, so good. They all sound so good but I would never be able to eat my way through a fair. Thanks so much for stopping and for vote.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2013:

I have never been to a state fair...only a few minor carnivals in earlier years when I was a child. I don't remember the fried foods back then. Just hearing about all of these fried foods must make cardiovascular surgeons think about swelling their bank accounts. Ha!

I have had a blooming onion in a restaurant in San Antonio and obviously have eaten fried chicken through the years. Since living in the south, I have also had fried okra and french fried onions. As to the rest of what you listed...I doubt that I will ever taste them. Some sound intriguing. I would definitely try the chicken fried cactus bites were I ever in a place where they were offered for sale.

Up and interesting votes.

moonlake (author) from America on March 28, 2013:

Your Cousins, They are all so good sounding to me too. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on March 27, 2013:

OK. You had me at the Fried Coke! Not to mention the Fried Twinkies, Fried Oreos and the chicken-fried bacon. And fried snowballs? Really? I used to eat those all the time, but never had them fried. Guess I'll be attending the next state fair for some deep-fried goodness!

moonlake (author) from America on March 27, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you for stopping by. When I was a young wife I made cream puffs and they were actually very good and I did a good job which believed me I was surprised I was not a good cook. Thanks so much for vote and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 27, 2013:

As a child I loved going to fairs and eating there. You have listed some very interesting foods available at these fairs. I like the recipe for the cream puffs. Rared it 5 stars. Voted up and interesting and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on March 23, 2013:

beth, Thanks for stopping by.

beth on March 22, 2013:

what if you live in ENGLAND !

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:

Teylina, Oh yes, cotton candy love the stuff. Little county fairs are sometimes the best. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Teylina on June 12, 2012:

Ooooh, did that photo bring back memories--then, of course, not only had I been fighting a "ooh, I want one right now" attitude by reading, comments on funnel cakes brought me to cotton candy -- the real stuff, not the stuff they shove in plastic! But, hub is great--there are a lot of homemade goodies at any fair, especially the smaller, county fairs! Thanks for the memories--maybe I'll go this fall!

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:

Victoria Lynn, Thank you, glad you like the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the votes.

We all love fried I guess we just can't eat it all the time.

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:

tammyswallow, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked the hub. I love twinkies any way plain or fried. I have not had one in so long. If I buy a box I will eat them so I don't bring them in the house.

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:

mary615, I remember that your funnel cakes looked so good so I thought it would be a recipe people would like. Thanks, so much for stopping by and for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:

Sherry Hewins, I like to go for the food to but I also like to see the animals. Never liked the rides. Thanks, so much for stopping by.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 12, 2012:

Fried, fried, fried--you're making my mouth water!!! Fried coke? I've hard of fried twinkies. I love funnel cake--made it at home before. Yummy. Love this hub. Well done. All the votes!

Tammy from North Carolina on June 12, 2012:

Moonlake, this is a gorgeous and indulging hub. I LOVE it even if it is bad for me. I have never heard of fried Coke, but I love fried twinkies. This hub is gorgeous and packed FULL of decedant treats.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 12, 2012:

Oh, my goodness moonlake! Why have I never see this Hub???? I'm embarrassed because you were nice enough to mention my Hub on Funnel Cakes made like the county fair. Thanks for that! Some of these things you can fry is new to me. I voted this UP, and I will share!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on June 12, 2012:

About the only thing I go to the fair for is the food. So sinful, but you gotta just indulge sometimes. Thanks for an interesting and mouthwatering hub.

moonlake (author) from America on June 12, 2012:


Thanks, for stopping by. The pineapple rings do sound good. I have never had fried coke but would like to. Thanks, so much for stopping by and leaving a comment on my hub. Very much appreciate it.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 12, 2012:

Of all the options, I like the sound of the battered and fried pineapple ring for an occasional treat. Fried Coke is something I've never seen in my state, so that's very interesting. I bet your fair makes millions of dollars each year with these treats. You could do a TV show about them.

moonlake (author) from America on November 08, 2011:

Karen N,

It sure would be fun to eat some of these just one day. Than go home and feel sick, right?

Thanks for stopping by.

Karen N from United States on November 08, 2011:

Some of these sound pretty interesting, of course you wouldn't want to eat like this every day but once in a while wouldn't hurt.

moonlake (author) from America on November 08, 2011:


Thanks for stopping by. I think with kool aid and pop rocks they put it in a dough pocket and fry it. I have looked for a recipe but can't find one. As near as I can figure out that's what they do.

Cutters from South Carolina on November 08, 2011:

At my fair they had fried kool aid I did not try it but I really do not understand how they did that one! I do love fried snickers though! lol love the hub!

moonlake (author) from America on November 08, 2011:


Thanks for stopping by. I hate looking at this hub because I'm always on a diet but if I was at a fair right now I would have to try all of it.

I don't know how they fry poprocks have to look that up and see if I can find out how it's done. I agree how do you get them in the grease.

stylezink from Atlanta, GA. on November 08, 2011:

I want to try everything at least once, lol! I'm a huge pickle fan of all flavors, but have to say I do not like the fried pickle. Maybe I haven't had a good one and should try it again. And with my terrible luck every time I have tried to get a fried Twinkie or Oreo they're always sold out. Fried Poprocks? How do they do that? I would think it would be dangerous to stick Poprocks in oil. I think I shall 'Google' that. My favorite you listed is the fried blooming onion. I love those, especially with that horseradishy dip.

Yummy hub! Now, I'm hungry, lol! Thanks!

moonlake (author) from America on April 16, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by. Had deep fried cheese curds last week so good! Their a treat only can eat them once in a great while.

kristy on March 30, 2010:

ewwwwwwww that is just down right nasty . It is a diabetics dream and death apon arrival. I can see deep fried oreos and twinkies but the rest of that is just down right gross and nasty. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2009:

KIM FULMER thanks for stopping by. Please do let me know how the twinkies turn out. I have said I was going to make them but haven't done it.

KIM FULMER on October 26, 2009:

My daughter just had a fried Twinkie. She said it was the best thing she had ever tasted. Tasted like it was dipped in pancake batter and deep fried. I am going to try and make some, and will let you know.

moonlake (author) from America on June 16, 2009:

They sure are. Thanks for leaving a comment and stopping by my hub.

Geordae on June 15, 2009:

I have been to a Fair since I was little, but Funnel Cakes are quite tasty.

moonlake (author) from America on April 20, 2009:

Thanks Envoy for stopping by.

Pcjunkychick from USA on April 14, 2009:

I agree the Funnel Cakes yep yep lol yum!

Very dangerous hub lol! :)

moonlake (author) from America on March 10, 2009:

I agree I love them all to but they have to be a special treat not something I can eat very often. Thanks for posting.

gwendymom from Oklahoma on March 09, 2009:

I love all of these foods, with the exception of deep fried coke, and that's only because I have never eaten it. I know that if given the opportunity thought I would probably love it. Deep frying is awesome!

moonlake (author) from America on March 03, 2009:

Your right they are. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on March 02, 2009:

Funnel cakes are the best and I have to get one every time I go to the fair.

moonlake (author) from America on February 09, 2009:

Thanks C.S. Alexis and thanks for stopping by.

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 09, 2009:

I love fried chicken so much I can never pass it up if offered some and I could be stuffed like a pig. All the weird food fried, I think NOT> Makes me almost sick to read about it. Great write as it is fun and crazy all mixed together like some of those fried foods you mentioned!

moonlake (author) from America on January 20, 2009:

It is tasty that's what makes it so bad for me anyway. Once in awhile have to have something.

Thanks Igali for stopping by.

Lgali on January 20, 2009:

Why All fat food is so tasty

moonlake (author) from America on January 20, 2009:

Oh, me too...Thanks for stopping by glad you enjoyed the hub.

annemaeve from Philly Burbs on January 19, 2009:

Mmmm... I wasn't hungry five minutes ago...

Thanks for sending me on a yummy trip down memory lane, moonlake! Fair foods are awesome, not only because they're fatty and fried, but because of all the fun times we associate with eating them.

Fried Oreos are my favorite! I wonder where I could get fair food in the middle of winter?

moonlake (author) from America on January 19, 2009:

It sure does. Thanks for stopping by and posting MellasViews.

MellasViews from Earth on January 19, 2009:

mmmmm that cream puff looks simply delicious!!!!! Thanks for the recipies!!!! : )

-I love fairs too : )

moonlake (author) from America on January 05, 2009:

I haven't tried the recipes yet though I have made CREAM PUFFs so easy. I like them with a vanilla pudding instead of the cream. I plan on this summer when I can fry on the deck to make the twinkies.

Thanks for comment jackinbox.

jackinabox on January 05, 2009:

mhhmmm.. Must try these recipes, must try them now!

moonlake (author) from America on January 05, 2009:

Thank you lesmith2009 and tikuli for comments.

tikuli on January 05, 2009:

wow yummy blog from India and we too have a vast variety of fried food ..great hub ..enjoyed ..

lesmith2009 on January 05, 2009: all sounds so delicous! Great idea for a hub!

moonlake (author) from America on January 03, 2009:

Love egg rolls....Thanks gaklick for comments..Somewhere there must be lobster on a stick.

gaklick from Minden, NV on January 03, 2009:

My all time favorite was always Fried Egg Roll on a Stick. Although I keep wishing someone would make a Lobster Tail on a Stick! Thanks for the great hub.

moonlake (author) from America on December 27, 2008:

Thanks DarleneMarie for posting. You so right fair food is great.

DarleneMarie from USA on December 27, 2008:

Fair foods are the greatest especially in that atmosphere!

moonlake (author) from America on December 26, 2008:

BkCreative and Nettes thanks for comments. I think fried is always better but I'm not able to eat much of it now and it doesn't always agree with me.

Netters from Land of Enchantment - NM on December 26, 2008:

I'm with you. There's nothing like food at the fair. Thank you!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 26, 2008:

Honestly moonlake - I'd try all that fried stuff. Love the fried stuff.

I've had fried icecream and when I was in England a couple years ago it was the fried milky ways. Quite good.

Fried is better!

moonlake (author) from America on December 26, 2008:

I know I know WW would not be happy if they knew what kind of hub I have.

Pest from A couch, Ionia, MI on December 26, 2008:

Thanks a lot...thhhhhanks a lot. Uhhhh, Which one of these qualifies for my weight watcher's plan? I don't see "coke syrup" in my point book. It also says here in my weight loss manual that I am not allowed to look at pictures of cream puffs.

moonlake (author) from America on December 26, 2008:

Thanks scottiejd for comments. Mouth watering fried food I think I would like to try all of them.

scottiejd on December 26, 2008:

I must have gained 5 pounds just reading this article. It's not time for New Year's resolutions yet, hurry, still time to pack on a few more! Still drooling over those cream puffs!

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