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Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and 20 Other Junk Foods You Have to Make for Your Summer Parties Slideshow

For an indulgent, unhealthy party menu, we looked to the ultimate source: the state fair
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Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and 20 Other Junk Foods You Have to Make for Your Summer Parties

Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and 20 Other Junk Foods You Have to Make for Your Summer Parties

To help shake up your summertime party menus, we looked to the classic state fair for inspiration. The result is 22 of our heartiest, unhealthiest, and most bizarre dishes. Sure, there are simple classics like the chili cheese dog, but we also have bacon cupcakes, homemade choco tacos, and a fried green tomato BLT that will make your head spin.

Bacon Cupcakes

No outrageous junk food roundup would be complete without unnecessary bacon. The crispy meat is balanced by a cream cheese frosting and a perfectly spiced cake.

For the Bacon Cupcakes recipe, click here.

Bratwurst Beer-Battered Corn Dogs

Bratwurst Beer-Battered Corn Dogs

Once you fry up a batch of these quick and easy bratwurst on a stick, you’ll never buy the frozen monstrosities again.

For the Bratwurst Beer-Battered Corn Dogs recipe, click here.

Brownie-Filled Doughnut Holes

What’s better than a brownie? A brownie inside of a doughnut. This two-in-one baked good will delight every single person you have over.

For the Brownie-Filled Doughnut Holes recipe, click here.

Caramel Apples

Don’t overthink it. Apples, almonds, and caramels are all you need for this classic amusement park treat.

For the Caramel Apples recipe, click here.

Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

Even those who usually choose to skip spicy food will like these poppers. They’re a little bit of everything: crunchy, spicy, and cheesy.

For the Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers recipe, click here.

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili, cheese, and hot dogs are all you need for this classic summertime recipe. It’s easy to pull together and simply delicious.

For the Chili Cheese Dog recipe, click here.


Now you can make this classic carnival snack at home. They’re great on their own or dipped in a rich chocolate sauce.

For the Churros recipe, click here.

Coors Field 'S'mores Nachos'

This sugar bomb may be from a baseball field, but the sweet tortilla chips, marshmallow fluff, and mini M&Ms make this feel like a country fair.

For the Coors Field 'S'mores Nachos' recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Citrus Slices

You can deep fry anything. Really. These battered and fried lemon, lime, and orange slices are a savory, tangy, and surprising dish to serve for summer.

For the Deep-Fried Citrus Slices recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Cookie Dough

Raw cookie dough is already a naughty indulgence. Make it that much more devilish by battering it up and frying it.

For the Deep-Fried Cookie Dough recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Oreos

You really can deep fry anything, including the classic Oreo cookie. This fair staple is surprisingly easy to make at home; all you need is some hot oil.

For the Deep-Fried Oreos recipe, click here.

Doughnut Burger

The notorious doughnut burger is the ultimate over-the-top entrée. It’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one sweet and savory bite.

For the Doughnut Burger recipe, click here.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

This Southern-fried take on a BLT is 100 percent homemade. But all the effort is totally worth it for this hearty fusion sandwich.

For the Fried Green Tomato BLT recipe, click here.

Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

This common bar snack is a great way to use leftover macaroni and cheese. Add some breadcrumbs and some spice and this dish is all new again.

For the Fried Mac & Cheese Balls recipe, click here.

Fried Panko-Dipped Pickle Spears

Fried pickles are always a crowd pleaser. With panko breadcrumbs, your favorite pickle turns into a warm, savory, and crunchy snack.

For the Fried Panko-Dipped Pickle Spears recipe, click here.

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake

Ahh, the funnel cake. So light, so airy, and oh-so bad for you. Forgo the guilt and cover that baby in powdered sugar. You deserve it.

For the Funnel Cake recipe, click here.

Homemade Choco Tacos

Making this childhood favorite at home is easier than you may think. And nothing will satisfy your guests more this summer than a fun homemade ice cream dessert.

For the Homemade Choco Tacos recipe, click here.


These deep fried cornmeal cakes are perfect to dunk into any number of dips. Beer in the batter helps to make these bite-sized treats airy and crisp.

For the Hushpuppies recipe, click here.

Mexican Street Corn

This robust, heavily seasoned, and lightly cheesy street corn is a staple of summertime barbecues and taco trucks. Bring those bold flavors and fun to your party with this five-ingredient recipe.

For the Mexican Street Corn recipe, click here.

Nacho Fries

Nacho Fries
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What can make nachos even better? Fries instead of tortilla chips, of course. Once you experience the wonders of melted cheese and salsa on crispy potato fries, you’ll never look back.

For the Nacho Fries recipe, click here.

S'mores on a Stick

The iconic s’more loses some of its messiness with this on-a-stick varietal. By dipping your marshmallows in chocolate and graham cracker crumbs, you also happen to make this already fun dessert even more of a delight.

For the S'mores on a Stick recipe, click here.

State Fair Crescent Cheese Curds

The fried cheese curd is a Midwestern staple. You can make it easily with this recipe by replacing the batter with crescent dough.

For the State Fair Crescent Cheese Curds recipe, click here.