The state fair is fun and all, but there’s nothing like visiting our favorite theme parks to make us feel like we’re kids again. Nowadays, we’re just as fond of the food offerings as we are the rides. While the latter is a bit hard to replicate, go ahead and bring a little bit of the magic home with these 14 recipes for cult faves.
1. Apple Fries: Almost as much fun as the famous toy bricks themselves, these fruit fries from Legoland are a real sweet treat. (via Around My Family Table)
2. Copycat Pineapple Whip: Talk about a sweet way to cool off on a hot day — no long waits required. (via Crazy for Crust)
3. Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas: Before banana ice cream hit it big, this was our go-to way to enjoy frozen bananas. To this day, it’s one of our favorite healthy dessert options at the park. (via Leite’s Culinaria)
4. Butterbeer: We could down pint after pint of this sweet, booze-free butterbeer. Especially when served in our very own Three Broomsticks Mug. (via Yummily Yours)
5. Mickey Ice Cream Bars: You only need three ingredients to make these cool treats shaped in the likeness of our favorite mouse. Vanilla ice cream is the flavor you’ll find in the parks, but enjoy switching it up at home. (via Koko Cooks)
6. Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs: Hand dipped in homemade cornbread batter, these hot dogs on a stick are worlds better than most. (via The Stay at Home Chef)
7. The Grey Stuff: Spoiler alert: This grey stuff is one sweet treat. Enjoy it plain or anywhere that would benefit from a dab of frosting. (via The Frugal Mom)
8. Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sliders: Just add a spoonful of remoulade to these sliders to recreate a favorite item from one of the top-rated theme park restaurants in all the land. (via Savory Simple)
9. Funnel Cake: Fried dough of any kind is always a good call. Top these off with a scoop of ice cream or a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar. (via Tikkido)
10. Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice: Apricot juice is the not-so-secret ingredient that most pumpkin juice copycats miss. This version hits the nail on the head. (via Food in Literature)
11. Homemade Dippin’ Dots: No liquid nitrogen is required to make these ice cream pellets. Though if you were interested in a little DIY molecular gastronomy experimentation, we might be able to point you in the right direction. (via With Lovely)
12. Smoked Turkey Legs: Making these jumbo-sized legs at home means there’s no room for doubt about whether they’re actually turkey or some other kind of fowl (all just an urban legend). (via Sasaki Time)
13. Cinnamon-Glazed Almonds: These nuts are great for snackin’ and homemade gift giving. (via The Disney Chef)
14. Poison Apples: How do you like them apples? Covered in a ruby red sugar coating, these candied creations are especially difficult to resist. (via Olivia’s Cuisine)
What are your favorite foods and fun things to do at the theme park? Share your adventures with us below.