Try some of our favorite festival snacks!
The foodies at Good Housekeeping and our sister site, Delish.com, have seen it all when it comes to good eats. From unconventional fried foods to childhood classics, these festival snacks from state fairs across the country will whet your appetite.
"People love fried food, and a fair or another big public celebration feels, I suppose, like a good time to indulge. What I think has become trendier during the past couple of years are fried sweets and nostalgic food items, things like jelly beans and Kool-Aid that people really enjoyed as kids. The jelly beans first appeared at the Massachusetts State Fair, also known as the Big E, in 2011 - the jelly beans were first dipped in funnel cake batter before being fried, and look almost like little doughnuts or fritters."
- Lauren Haslett, Editor, Delish.com
"My favorite treat at any fair is always a hot fried funnel cake completely covered in a snowstorm of powdered sugar!"
- Katie Holdefehr, Editorial Assistant, Test Kitchen
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Fried Chicken Skin
"I have found something at the Texas State Fair that sounds amazing and right up my alley - deep fried chicken skin. YUM! The folks at Crispies at the Texas State Fair take chicken skin, batter it, and then deep fry it into golden, crispy chunks of chicken magic: a decadent, indulgent, insane celebration of the best part of fried chicken. Of all the kooky things vendors batter and fry at state fairs, this one is actually one of those genius, 'why didn't anyone think of this sooner?' creations."
- Sherry Rujikarn, Assistant Food Editor
Deep Fried Butter
"I have been both intrigued and revolted by the idea of deep-fried butter at the Iowa State Fair. It sounds like a heart attack on a stick!"
- Cathy Lo, Associate Food Editor
"When it's fair time, I cannot help myself - I immediately beeline for fried sweets. I used to be a fried candy bar kinda girl or fried Oreos (yum!) but my current absolute favorite? Fried chocolate chip cookie dough! Just be careful - molten hot chocolate chips can be dangerous."
- Kelly Stoddard, Senior Editor, GoodHousekeeping.com
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Mexican Corn on the Cob
"Ever since I can remember, I looked forward to the county fair every summer growing up in San Diego. I loved the standard fair goodies like popcorn and fudge when I was a kid, but as an adult, my favorite treat is the grilled Mexican corn on the cob. Served hot off the grill and slathered in lime mayo, chili powder, and Mexican cheese (with just a hint of cilantro), it's an indulgent snack, and I can never get enough!"
- Nicole Price Fasig, Editor, GHRI, GoodHousekeeping.com
"In Texas, where I grew up, there's a saying that everything is bigger and better. As far as state fair food goes, it's hard to beat a Fletcher's Corny Dog. The piping hot batter is melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness with just a hint of sweetness. And, unlike other fair foods, this one won't get your hands dirty."
- Angela Kwan, Editor, GoodHousekeeping.com
- By Kristyn Lyncheski
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