Carnival and Fair Food Recipes

Looking for deep-fried butter and other State Fair-style recipes? Browse more than 60 recipes for fair foods like funnel cakes, elephant ears, corn dogs, and just about anything fried!

Staff Picks

Deep Fried Oreos

Rating: 4.5 stars 289
This is a carnival favorite where I grew up. Oreos get dipped into pancake batter and fried - yummy!! You can do this with or without a deep fryer.

Real Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds

Rating: 4.5 stars 98
Beer battered and deep fried, these cheese curds are a real Wisconsin treat. Eat while clutching a cold brewski in other hand. Yah, hey dere.
By Markg238

Grilled Turkey Legs

Rating: 4 stars 57
These spicy turkey legs are sweet and hot--just like the smoked turkey legs you get at the fair or theme park!

Monkey Tails

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
These chocolate-covered frozen bananas are a great summer treat. The ripe bananas have a wonderful creamy consistency when frozen, and the rich chocolate coating is delicious. You can vary the toppings to suit your taste, including drizzling with melted white or milk chocolate, or caramel. Roll in shredded coconut, chopped nuts, sprinkles, or other toppings.

Elephant Ears

Rating: 4.5 stars 117
Crispy cinnamon-sugar fried bread confections!

Fair Scones

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
A hallmark of the Puyallup and Evergreen State Fairs in Washington State. Now you can make them at home any time of year. Just like at the fair, they are best served hot, with butter and raspberry jam.

Fried Ice Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars 204
Vanilla ice cream is coated with egg white and corn flakes spiced with cinnamon, then quickly fried for a paradoxical paradise.
By Allrecipes Member

Vintage Lemonade

Rating: 4.5 stars 330
In the 1800's this is how people made lemonadeu002du002dyou can do it too! It's not that difficult, and tastes wonderful!


Rating: 4.5 stars 825
Sweet, fragrant Mexican-style churros are easy to make at home!

Corn Dogs

Rating: 4.5 stars 918
Hot dogs are skewered on sticks, dipped in corn batter, and then fried to a golden brown.

Funnel Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 228
Crisp, fried funnel cakes dusted with powdered sugar like at county fairs.

Homestyle Potato Chips

Rating: 4.5 stars 220
Making homestyle potato chips is fun and easy. Guaranteed they won't last long! A food processor with a slicing attachment is very helpful. Experiment with the thickness; you may like them thicker or thinner.

Inspiration and Ideas

Snow Cone Syrup II
Rating: 5 stars 112

Flavored Syrup to drizzle over shaved or crushed ice. Yummy on a hot summer day.