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.
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.
Once you fry up a batch of these quick and easy bratwurst on a stick, you’ll never buy the frozen monstrosities again.
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.
Don’t overthink it. Apples, almonds, and caramels are all you need for this classic amusement park treat.
Even those who usually choose to skip spicy food will like these poppers. They’re a little bit of everything: crunchy, spicy, and cheesy.
Chili, cheese, and hot dogs are all you need for this classic summertime recipe. It’s easy to pull together and simply delicious.
Now you can make this classic carnival snack at home. They’re great on their own or dipped in a rich chocolate sauce.
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.
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.
Raw cookie dough is already a naughty indulgence. Make it that much more devilish by battering it up and frying it.
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.
The notorious doughnut burger is the ultimate over-the-top entrée. It’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one sweet and savory bite.
This Southern-fried take on a BLT is 100 percent homemade. But all the effort is totally worth it for this hearty fusion sandwich.
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.
Fried pickles are always a crowd pleaser. With panko breadcrumbs, your favorite pickle turns into a warm, savory, and crunchy snack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fried cheese curd is a Midwestern staple. You can make it easily with this recipe by replacing the batter with crescent dough.