Our 25 favorite fair foods of all time

Have you ever been to a fair? If not, you're missing out on fun and delicious food. Dieters beware: most fair food is deep-fried or unhealthy. We recommend using your cheat meal on one of our 25 favourite fair foods.

This aesthetically pleasing snack celebrates deep-fried onions. With separate pieces, it's perfect for sharing (if you must). Outside Outback.

Blooming Onion

Boiling peanuts sounds gross, but... You won't like them at first, especially if you're used to the crunchy kind. Most Southerners will tell you that once you try boiled peanuts, you'll never go back to regular ones.

Boiled Peanuts

Caramel and candy apples have a late spring to late fall season, like regular apples. We can't explain it, since apples are available year-round, but absence makes the heart grow fonder. There are also versions covered in nuts or drizzled with chocolate and/or white chocolate.

Caramel & Candy Apples

Cheese curds are a year-round snack in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Midwest. For us, they're just fair food. Fried cheese curds are like mozzarella sticks made with cheddar.

Cheese Curds

Philadelphia's cheesesteaks are like Midwest cheese curds. If you don't live in the land of Benjamin Franklin, "It's Always Sunny," and the meanest sports fans in America, try sliced steak topped with peppers, onions, and ooey-gooey cheese at your state or county fair.


Churros are choux-based, sugar-covered pastries popular in Spain, Portugal, France, and the Southwestern U.S. Long, thin, and sturdy, you can eat them one-handed while checking out rides or playing carnival games (just don't bring them on the ride)


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