Amusement Park Pig-out!

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I spent this past weekend at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio and was constantly being tempted by yummy amusement park treats.  I drooled whenever I smelled a funnel cake, sighed at the sight of salty giant pretzels, and gazed longingly at nachos with tubs of gooey cheese.  After managing to avoid eating a single snack (partly because I was trying to be healthy and partly because I can’t bear paying $8 for a hunk of fried dough), I went to Recipe4Living to see if there were any carnival food recipes I could try at home.

Luckily for me, there were plenty!  Here are my top 5 faves:

1. My absolute favorite carnival/amusement park snack is a giant pretzel!  I always prefer salty snacks over sweet, so a huge doughy pretzel with loads of chunky salt all over it can make my day (even if it probably has enough sodium for 5 people).  I found a great giant pretzel recipe on Recipe4Living that uses bread mix in the recipe.

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2. I loooove the fake plasticky nacho cheese that you get at amusement parks, but besides melting Velveeta, I don’t think there’s a way to copy it exactly.  Instead, I found a yummy 3 cheese nacho dip to make.

3. Elephant ears are the ultimate amusement park pastry.  I haven’t actually had one since I was very young, but I remember them being about the size of my head!  Recipe4Living had a  simple recipe for this cinnamon and sugar treat.

4. Hot dogs are definitely delicious, but corn dogs scream “amusement park.”  I never really pictured anyone making these at home, but why not?  With just a few ingredients, you can fry up your own in no time with this recipe.

5. I have never actually had a candy apple in my life.  Caramel apple, yes, but never a candy apple.  Recipe4Living had a healthy diabetic-friendly candy apple recipe that I’d definitely like to try.

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Now, I am definitely not endorsing eating all of these snacks on a regular basis.  You’d gain about 1000 pounds.  BUT there’s nothing wrong with a treat every once in a while, and why not bring the fun of a carnival into your own home now and again?  “Make giant pretzels” is now at the top of my list of things to do!

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