There are few places you can find corn dogs, cotton candy and fried pickles all in one place, which is why carnivals are the ultimate junk food destination. But if you feel like indulging in some guilty pleasures at home, it's definitely possible -- and probably easier than you thought. (Not to mention, you don't have to worry about keeping it all down, since we're guessing you don't have The Scrambler in your backyard.) Try our favorite recipes for carnival and fair foods, and enjoy some Americana right in your own home. Invite your friends over for a carnival party!
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/corn-dogs_n_1061348.html" target="_hplink">Corn Dogs recipe</a></strong> The corn dog is an iconic carnival snack. The fact that it's on a stick just makes it easier to eat. This version is a classic recipe you'll love making at home.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/soft-pretzels_n_1061233.html" target="_hplink">Soft Pretzels recipe</a></strong> Soft pretzels are the perfect snack when you're on-the-go. The soft interior and crispy exterior coated with salt make it many people's favorite. With this recipe you can make them at home easily.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2010/08/caramel-corn/" target="_hplink">Caramel Corn recipe from Just a Taste</a></strong> Homemade caramel corn is so much better than the boxed kind. Though you may not get a prize inside, you'll appreciate the freshness and sugary flavors so much more.
Corn On A Stick
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/corn-on-a-stick_n_1057531.html" target="_hplink">Corn on a Stick recipe</a></strong> This handy way to serve fresh corn on the cob is made even better by a spread made of low-fat cream cheese and cream.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/onion-rings_n_1062102.html" target="_hplink">Onion Rings recipe</a></strong> These baked onion rings sure look like they've been fried. To give them some extra kick in flavor, season the breadcrumbs with Cajun spices or Old Bay.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cotton-candy_n_1061226.html" target="_hplink">Cotton Candy recipe</a></strong> Cotton candy is probably the most recognizable carnival treat of them all. This dessert can be made at home in a relatively easy and quick process.
Deep-Fried Candy Bars
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/deep-fried-candy-bars_n_1061351.html" target="_hplink">Deep-Fried Candy Bars recipe</a></strong> Any of your favorite candy bars can be battered and fried to create this carnival treat. A little bit of baking soda in the batter ensures the coating puffs up nicely.
Pulled Pork Sliders
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork-sliders_n_1061216.html" target="_hplink">Pulled Pork Sliders recipe</a></strong> These melt-in-your-mouth sliders are great when you want a carnival food that's more substantial than a snack. Plan on marinating the pork ahead of time and factor in the the slow-cooking.
Nutella Funnel Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ireallylikefood.com/764591460/nutella-funnel-cake/" target="_hplink">Nutella Funnel Cake recipe from I Really Like Food</a></strong> These aren't just any funnel cakes, but ones flavored with rich, chocolatey Nutella. You don't need a special contraption to form the funnel cakes, just drizzle the batter into the hot oil. Dust with powdered sugar to serve.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fried-pickles-with-ranch-_n_1061349.html" target="_hplink">Fried Pickles recipe</a></strong> Sweet and salty pickles get the deep-fried treatment in this recipe. Serve them with buttermilk dip. Feel free to fry up whole gherkins, pickle slices and cocktail onions.
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/frozen-chocolate-covered-_n_1062100.html" target="_hplink">Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas recipe</a></strong> It's incredibly easy to make this treat. Simply dip bananas in melted chocolate and freeze. If you like, sprinkle with shredded coconut or crushed nuts before freezing.
Fried Cheese Balls With Chili Mayonnaise
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thegalleygourmet.net/2011/09/fried-cheese-balls-with-chili.html" target="_hplink">Fried Cheese Balls with Chili Mayonnaise recipe from The Galley Gourmet</a></strong> This take on the carnival favorite of fried cheese curds, uses shredded cheddar shaped into balls. Serve the fried cheese balls with chili-spiked mayonnaise.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheesy-popcorn_n_1049040.html" target="_hplink">Cheesy Popcorn recipe</a></strong> Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper dress up regular popcorn to create a simple but satisfying snack.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/watermelon-slush_n_1049054.html" target="_hplink">Watermelon Slush recipe</a></strong> Fresh watermelon chunks and slushies are both popular carnival foods -- combine these two favorites into one refreshing drink. All you've got to do is pop the ingredients in a blender, and you're ready!
How to Make Corn Dogs
Make corn dogs just like the ones at the county fair by following these simple steps.