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They Deep-Fried What? Unique Concession Food Ideas

Concession stands continue to get more and more creative with their menu items, always pushing the limits of what customers may come to expect with foods that are at first shocking, then tempting. After taking the risks, the benefits pay off as customers show their willingness to wait in line for these unusual treats.

Some of the wildest concession food ideas we’ve seen (so far) are:

1. Chicken-fried bacon
A fair vendor in Texas tried his luck with this combination with a recipe that involves battering bacon just as you would prepare fried chicken. The results? Best Taste at the Big Tex Choice Awards.

2. Fried avocados
Leave it to California to find a way to serve this delicious fruit in a unique way. To create this snack, large chunks of avocados are rolled in corn dog fryer batter and fried, then served with ranch dip or herb-infused oil.

3. Pizza cones
Not that there’s anything wrong with ice cream, but we do love pizza. Take a pizza crust and form it into a cone, then fill it with pizza ingredients such as tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, and/or peppers. It’s delicious and easy to carry.

4. Fried Coke
By now you’ve probably heard of fried Twinkies® (Hostess Brands, LLC), Oreos® (Intercontinental Great Brands LLC), and even butter, but what about fried Coca-Cola? This creative treat involves cola-flavored batter that’s fried and drizzled with Coke syrup. A similar (perhaps call it more advanced?) treat showed up in Texas when a food vendor used fried-beer ravioli made of pretzel dough, filled it with beer, fried it, and then topped it with nacho cheese.

5. PB&J
If you like to stick with the tried-and-true, you can always rely on America’s favorite packed lunch: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Cater to festival customers when you put it on a stick, deep-fry it, and dust it with powdered sugar.

Still looking for new fair food ideas? You can always make and sell some of these new creations: chocolate-covered bacon, peanut butter pineapple pork burger, deep-fried pretzel-crusted brownie on a stick, bacon-wrapped corn on the cob, deep-fried grilled cheese, or fried chicken and gravy in a waffle cone. Come to Gold Medal for all of your concession needs, including equipment, supplies, and creative ideas.

Find our deep-frying tips here: How to Deep Fry Food.

What’s the most unique food concession idea you’ve tasted and/or sold? Tell us about it on Facebook and we just might feature it in a future blog post. Consider trying something new at your concession stand; it just might end up in your favor.