July 5, 2020
So much of the midway experience revolves around food—every morning, the city smells of cooking pancakes, sausages and maple syrup as pancake breakfasts get going around the city. Down on the grounds, it’s a smorgasbord of sweet, salty and deep fried snacks designed to eat while walking. There are the classics—corn dogs, mini doughnuts and funnel cakes—and then each year there are new over-the-top items, like scorpions on pizza and whole deep-fried squid on a stick.
Here are a few of the more iconic foods the first week of July would never be without—it’s not the same not being able to eat them while wandering the midway, but they’re easier to make at home than you might think.
Homemade corn dogs are great for a party—cut them in half to make them easier to handle, and cook them in a shallow pot of oil. No deep fryer required.
Those Little Donuts, with the red and yellow sign, has been a part of the midway experience for 50 years. Even if you don’t have one of those cool doughnut making machines that extrudes batter into hot oil, you can make your own at home.
At the original Fiddlestix stands, boxes of vanilla ice cream were unwrapped and cut into slabs, each piece impaled with a wood skewer, dunked into chocolate and rolled in crunchy toasted peanuts before it hardens into a satisfyingly crunchy shell.
Another deep-fried delight, funnel cakes are made with batter drizzled through a funnel into hot oil, then dusted with sugar. They’re fun to make at home!
Another midway classic, candy apples have never lost their appeal. If you like, sprinkle with nuts, candies, coconut or sprinkles before the coating sets.
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