This fair food might be king of the sweet-and-salty category, with the sugary doughnuts holding savory hamburger meat and cheese, topped with a salty slice of bacon.
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This is the new ice cream sandwich: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and topped with caramel sauce.
Fresh fruit, like watermelon, instantly becomes fair food when deep fried, served on a stick and drizzled with syrup.
If you're brave enough to try this crazy ice cream flavor, it's sure to satisfy both your sweet-and-spicy palate.
Chilled grasshopper pie's gooey, minty center and chocolate-cookie crust make it a refreshingly sweet treat. Deep-fry it, and the crispy outer layer creates a crispy, salty balance with the melted mint-chocolate filling.
If you're looking for a traditional dessert taste with a fair food feel, go for this decadent red velvet funnel cake.
Remember when we said "Go big or go home?" The same imperative applies to French fries.
If you like beef, the soft-shell crab taco probably isn't for you. For a unique, meaty alternative, try a unique beef tongue taco.
This basket of fries topped with lobster and lemon aioli looks like it belongs in a hip downtown restaurant, not a carnival food stand.
It wouldn't be a carnival without food on a stick. Bacon-wrapped-anything always makes an appearance at the fair.
Ah, the perfect marriage of two favorite breakfast foods: cinnamon rolls and waffles.
Bacon on top of a funnel cake? Yep, and topped with a little maple syrup, all the flavors meld together into one sweet-and-salty dream.
Fans of seafood should visit Texas' Crab Fest for various sophisticated fish dishes like this soft-shell crab taco. (As if tacos weren't already delicious enough!)
Influenced by French ancestors, residents of the Deep South have been eating fried frog legs for centuries. And fried okra is a Southern staple as well.
Sometimes you just want a good ol' comfort dish at the fair. These fried green tomatoes should hit the spot.
For a creative twist on the traditional dog, a Japanese-inspired version might become an adventurous meat lover's new favorite indulgence.
At the fair, instead of sitting down with a plate full of BBQ, coleslaw, baked potato and beans, grab this potato piled high with all the fixings of a Southern BBQ plate.
When it comes to fair food, you have to go big with this double-sized dog, or go home.
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