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Carnival Foodie: How to Make Festival Food at Home

Jul 07, 2020

In light of all the summer festivities that had to be cancelled this year, I think it would be safe to say that tasting festival foods doesn’t have to completely disappear this year!

I’ve thought of all my favorite festival and carnival snacks and as a foodie, I think it would be really fun to make some copycat versions in the comfort of your own home. Some of these snacks are inspired from very popular items that I often indulge in during the festival seasons and I can’t wait to dive right in! 

Mini Corn Dogs
One classic festival food that I love having are corn dogs. You can choose to purchase your own corn dogs that are ready to eat but if you’re in a cooking and baking mood, I suggest some chorizo corn dogs. These make 24 mini corn dogs that you and your family can enjoy when the sun is out and you’re wanting a backyard carnival snack.

Fried Classics
Carnivals and festivals wouldn’t be the same if there weren’t any fried foods. Everything from fried donuts, to fried chips, to even fried pickles! If you enjoy pickles, you might want to try to fry them and add some of your favorite dipping sauce or learn to make your own buttermilk ranch dipping.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
If you’re looking for a healthier treat, caramel apples are the way to go. This carnival staple is a super easy way to “keep the doctor away” and enjoy a sweet treat on a sunny day.

When Life Gives You Lemons…
What would a carnival be if there was nothing to drink? One popular item on the menu is lemonade! Lemonade is as easy as juicing a lemon but have you heard of cotton candy lemonade? This easy recipe takes only 15 minutes and puts a nice twist on the classic lemonade flavor.

“Nacho” Average Nacho Lover!
For those looking for a nice little crunch in your snack, make your very own beef nachos at home! The key is having an extra-limey guacamole and plenty of extra cheese that will last for every bite you have.

Keep it Poppin’!
Ending off our list of carnival foods is none other than our classic kettle corn… with a twist. Sometimes I like to have sweet and savory foods all in one bite and it’s perfect because festivals and carnivals usually have these options! Making sweet and sesame kettle corn at home is sure to leave your sweet and savory tooth quite satisfied.

Well I felt like I was taking a whirl on a carnival ride as I was writing these recipe ideas down! I hope that these ideas spark some interest and creativity in you. Together we can still make our summer festivals and memories happen… just from our very own kitchen.

Yours truly,

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