Park Food at home

So, this may seem a bit weird, but tonight, I had a craving for kettle corn. The bag kind isn't that good, so I looked around on the internet for recipes for kettle corn, and found one.

I tried it, and it was very, very good! Even better still, I used Splenda instead of sugar, so the snack doesn't have a bunch of sugar to make it good. Does anyone else have any recipes that they use to make park type food at home? Also, does anyone have ways to make these foods healthier?

Just interesting conversation. :) *** Edited 1/2/2007 3:14:55 AM UTC by Jeff Young***

Jeff Young
Healthy? I make all my park food just like the real thing! Elephant ears are awesome for parties and get-togethers. So are lemon shake ups and cheese fries! Now I just need to get a cotton candy machine... they make kids toy ones... has anyone here ever used one of those? Are they any good?

Well, I know that some parks (Cedar Point) will soak their homemade fries in water overnight before they fry them. The potatoes will actually absorb the water, and thus absorb significantly less oil when you fry them, creating a healthier fry.

I know Kennywood marketed potato patch fries in some area stores for awhile.

Basically you just cook em in Peanut oil.


I still get cravings for Euclid Beaches popcorn balls. I'm grateful they still make those.
I can't say they're healthy, but they are good.

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Anyone have a recipe for Dollywood's cinnamon bread?


Edit: typo
*** Edited 1/2/2007 4:15:47 PM UTC by dannerman***

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janfrederick's avatar
I like making Skyline 4-way. I know it isn't an official park food, but the only place I've had it was at Kings Island.

Oh....if you ever go to the Blue Bayou at Disneyland, they will give you recipes for anything on the menu. I got the recipe for Mint Julips and the Monte Cristo. The Julips came out OK, but the sandwiches were good in that not-so-great-great-for-your-health kinda way.

*** Edited 1/2/2007 4:22:02 PM UTC by janfrederick***

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar
Cinamon Bread...Mmmmmmm. :)

Funnel cakes are fun to make. I like the water idea on the fries. I wonder how much that affects the flavor. Personally, I don't think making your own fries is worth the hassle when perfectly good fries at a reasonable price are readily available and you don't have to deal with the mess.

AV Matt
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I make deep fried oreos, Just dip then in funnel cake batter and fry them at 350 for 2 or 3 minutes. I doubt there is any way to make those healthy though.

Well, you can at least use an oil that is healthier for you. Peanut oil and olive oil are two oils that are healthier for you. Granted, it's still oil, so it's not really good for you, but the point is to make healthy choices where you can without sacrificing all kinds of flavor and/or taste.

Jeff Young
1) Take one 4x8 sheet of extruded styrofoam insulation.

2) Break into small pellet sized pieces and put in a large mixing bowl.

2) Mix in 4 cups of sugar and 6 ounces of the food coloring of your choice.

3) Freeze overnight.

Voila! Homemade Dippin' Dots! Scoop into small cups and serve. For the real park experience, charge lots of money for each cup.



Can I substitute Splenda for the sugar? ;)

Jeff Young
coasterqueenTRN's avatar
Mmmmm, Potato Patch fries!

I swear the park could make a fortune with that alone if they opened up their own chain restaurant that only sold the fries and cheese-on-a-stick.



*** Edited 1/2/2007 7:22:11 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

^^ Why not, Jeff? And if you don't like the taste, you could always insulate your attic with it.

Hint: You could make a similar treat using packing peanuts.

rollergator's avatar
^ ....and ALL of those would TASTE better than Dippin' Dots...

I swear, if not for the ability to dispense misleading information regarding future expansions, those DD stands would be EMPTY...or *should* be... ;)

Cincinnati Style Three way chili

1. 2 pds of lean ground sirloin or ground turkey. Brown and strain grease. Either chop it up fine with a fork or use a blender to break up clumps.

2. Put beef in large pot.

3. 1 tsp of cinnamon
4. 1/2 tsp of cummin
5. 2 large onions ground
6. dash of worchestershire sauce.
7. 1 garlic clove ground
8. 1 tablespoon of chili powder
9. 1/2 tblspoon of ground black pepper
10 1 tablespoon of salt
11 1 6oz can of tomato paste
12. 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
13. 1 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar
14 1 cube of bakers chocolate
15. 1 quart of water
16. 1/2 tablespoon of ground allspice
17. 3 whole bay leaves
18. 1 tsp coco

Bring to moderate boil and boil down to desired texture. We like ours with a little juice but you can take it down more if you like. DO NOT BURN IT, Stir often and lower heat to a simmer once the water is down.

Makes about 4 large three ways over spagghetti topped with a mild cheddar cheese (Shredded) add onions and red beans if you like. If you want it as a fire chili (Add more crushed red pepper) TEX MEX.

Drain the beef/turkey good before adding the ingreedients and it' not really bad for you. The spaggehti and cheese are worse. It's fine on it's own.


Ah god this thread makes me so hungry, is Knoebels open yet? I think im going to try those deep fried Oreos, and if I can get ahold of any Coke syrup, Deep Fried Coke has always interested me. Usually this kind of food goes best as a side dish to a complete park experience though.
When we went up to Canada's Wonderland back in '99 they had a dish up there called Poutine, (we also had it on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls). We were told then that it was basically "Canadian Junk Food", at least that's what one girl told us.

It's consists of french fries, a mixture of cheeses, and a slightly-spiced brown gravy poured over the top. Yeah! I know, real healthy sounding! But man, that stuff was awesome!

Here's a recipe I dug up with no other than Timon from Lion King leading you through the process. *** Edited 1/2/2007 10:20:07 PM UTC by Floorless Fan***

Raven-Phile's avatar
For dinner I just had 4 egg whites mixed with a cup of brown rice and a tablespoon of salsa. I chased that with a liter of water.

That's gotta count as some kind of park food, right?

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