11 County Fair Foods You Can Make at Home

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Hot dogs, corn dogs, donuts and deep fried snickers.
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From the food to the rides and endless entertainment, an all-around good time to celebrate summer is when the county fair is in town. While the fair provides patrons with a smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind street foods and sinfully delicious treats, you can also make and enjoy them at home.

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Two deep fried Snickers sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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Deep-Fried Snickers

The county fair is the home of deep-fried everything -- and that includes deep-fried Snickers bars. To make this peanut, caramel goodness in your own kitchen, all you need is a deep fryer, some batter mix and Snickers bars. You can even deep fry miniature Snickers for the kids, and save the larger bars for yourself.

Golden brown corn dog.
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Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a classic summer fair food. This recipe lets you can save money on fair admission and make your own homemade corn dogs with two common kitchen items: pancake batter and hot dogs.

Deep-fried Coke topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
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Deep-Fried Coke

They say you can deep fry anything these days -- even Coke. In case the fair isn't in town, you can still prepare and serve up this delicious dessert at home anytime.

A classic, southwestern Sonoran dog topped with pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, cream sauce and mustard.
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Hot Dogs

Between baseball season and National Hot Dog Month in July, summer is the perfect time to enjoy a tasty, homemade frank. From flavorful danger dogs in Los Angeles to cream cheese Seattle dogs, you can customize this street food staple in many savory ways.

A plate of shredded chicken, jalapenos, tomatoes, black beans and sour cream on a bed of tortilla chips
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Chicken Nachos

Add some heat to your summer with these Mexican chicken nachos. Simply combine and bake your favorite nacho ingredients like black beans, shredded chicken, cheese, tomatoes and jalapenos for a snack that's muy caliente.

A freshly deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich emerging from hot oil.
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Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches are great, but this recipe takes the all-American classic to the next level. Simply deep fry the sandwich for three to four minutes to add a fair food-themed twist.

Golden-fried doughnuts sprinkled with granulated sugar
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These doughnuts are so good, they'll be sure to take home the top prize. You don't even need fancy kitchen tools or a county fair-sized fryer.

Cola slush in glass with straw
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Soda Slush

Why pay $3 for a soda slush when you can create one in your own freezer? Grab a bottle of your favorite soda, shake it to wake up the carbonation and let it freeze for three hours. Pour it into a glass, and now you can chill out with an icy slush without even crossing the county line.

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Deep-fried homemade doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
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Doughnut Holes

If you prefer your fair food in bite-sized portions, try this simple recipe for cinnamon-sugar doughnut holes made out of pancake mix.


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