How to Make Homemade Fall Fair Food: 10 Classic Recipes

Print This Post Print This Post

Learn how to make some irresistible fall fair foods at home, like caramel apples, state fair cinnamon rolls and fried Oreos. We once again thank our contributor Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking for rounding up these fun ideas.


How to Make Homemade Fall Fair Food: 10 Classic Recipes

Here in the south, it’s that time of year again when the state fairs are the biggest local attraction, as well as all that fair food. Are you like me though and it simply kills you to spend so much money on all that food? I love the fair atmosphere but spending $6 on a corn dog or $10 on a Turkey Leg is pretty hard for me to do! I think it’s a safe bet that most people do not leave the fair without spending over $100, maybe even much more.

Why not make your own fair food? Did you know that you can make your own for pennies? You could even host a fair themed party at your house this season. It would likely cost you less to throw your own party for less than you would spend at the fair, plus the food would likely taste much better!

Today, I will be sharing with you my top 10 fair food choices that I would make at home. Let’s get started!

1. Homemade Funnel Cakes – These are my husband’s all time favorite fair food and the one he goes after the minute he walks in the entrance. Why not save yourself the hassle and make it at home? I am willing to bet you likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry. It would be $6-10 at the fair, make it at home with the ingredients you already have for nothing!

2. Corn Dogs – The next stop on our fair trip after the funnel cake is the corn dogs. This recipe features homemade corn dogs made easy! It’s simple ingredients, plus these would be fun to make for the kids, they may even eat them!

3. Turkey Legs – I just saw this post recently on Pioneer Woman, it was perfect timing too since I was writing about fair food. I have yet to make my own Turkey Legs, and I do not know what’s stopping me! This post shows you how to easily make your own turkey legs sparing you the $10 turkey legs at the fair! I recently saw a man selling turkey legs at his garage sale, and he had a line a mile long. Not a bad idea if you ask me!

4. Indian Tacos – These Indian tacos hit the spot for me! Maybe it’s because Caryn and I are from the same area, but she does Indian tacos well with this post. These are a great food to eat as dinner every now and then as well.

5. Caramel Apples – Next on the fair foods list is one of my favorite stops, the caramel apples! These can be dressed up to include nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or plain caramel. Be creative and enjoy some caramel apples without all the cost.

6. State Fair Cinnamon Rolls – Do you smell the cinnamon rolls from a mile away? Wonder if you could make them at home? This recipe from Fat and Sassy Mama shows you how! I am sure that you would be the family favorite if you brought these over for breakfast!

7. Cheesecake on a Stick – At our fair everything is on a stick including cheesecake! This post teaches you how to make cheesecake dipped in chocolate on a stick. This could likely be the best dessert…ever!

8. Homemade Lemonade – After we have all this food, we always need to stop and get something to drink. When we are the fair we always get lemonade, it’s freshly squeezed and refreshing! This great recipe can help you make that same refreshing lemonade at home.

9. Fried Oreos – This was a new one at our fair this year and was said to be amazing. I think I like my oreos without being fried; however, it may be the perfect addition to your fair food lineup.

10. Doughnuts – Our fair also features a variety of doughnuts from doughnut burgers to plain. I believe you just can’t go wrong with a doughnut.

This is my top 10 list, but what is on yours? Is there a particular fair food you just cannot live without?


Kristy Profile Pic2 7 New Ways to Look at Chili Kristy Still is the creator of Mommy Hates Cooking, wife to a loving husband and mother to an energy filled toddler. She realized after her son was born that her cooking skills were going to have to go up a notch to keep healthy food on the table for her family. There was only one problem, she hates cooking. She ended up making the decision to start her own blog as an attempt to find motivation and share her trials with others. To learn more about Kristy be sure to check out her featured foodie profile on RecipeLion.


Editor at
RecipeLion is dedicated to the best recipes and cooking tips. From quick and easy dinner recipes to new and exciting dessert recipes, we find and deliver the best recipes from all over the web. Plus, we feature free product reviews and giveaways of all the latest and greatest products including cooking gadgets, cookbooks, food, and more. RecipeLion is a wonderful online resource for cooks of all skill levels.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
  • Print
Print This Post Print This Post


  1. Sharon says

    Here in Washington state my favorite fair food is Fisher Scones! A biscuit with raspberry filling. Yum! I’ve tried making them at home and they just aren’t the same as getting them at the fair.

  2. Betty says

    I grew up on the carnival. My Mom had sno cones, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, coffee. What fond memories seeing you Fair Foods.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *