Every year, the Canadian National Exhibition ups the crazy-food ante. With over a million visitors passing through the gates annually, that’s a lot of adventurous, hungry mouths to feed.
The Ex has a long tradition of food inventions, including the now-iconic ice cream waffle (unquestionably delicious), which was cleverly crafted in 1940 — that’s right, it’s now 75. Even the mouthwatering Tiny Tom’s donuts are getting up there in age; the addictive little loops are turning 55 years old.
So what glorious concoctions are on offer in 2015? Will any make it into the annals of Ex history? We taste-tested them on a hot, humid summer morning for you. Check some of them out, below.
The Canadian National Exhibition runs in Toronto from August 21 – September 7, 2015.
There are some insane new foods coming to the Ex, and we tried them all
Cotton Candy TimbitsLike Timbits dipped in hard, sweet sugar, these little balls of deliciousness are far too easy to pop in your mouth.All Photos By The Loop
Cola TimbitsIf you like Coke/Pepsi, then these are for you. Strangely refreshing, the taste is reminiscent of pop-bottle candy.
Corrado's 'S&M' BurgerThis is a homemade meatball patty topped with spaghetti, Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. It's like two dinners in one. Warning: filling.
Deep-Fried Red Velvet OreoJust when you thought Oreos couldn't get any more ridiculous. Also note that they use Double Stuf, and they top it with cream-cheese icing.
Birthday Cake Timbits PoutineYep, Tim Hortons made a "sweet" poutine consisting of Timbits, whipped cream and a health dash of sprinkles. One bite of this catapults you into dessert heaven. Warning for parents: the sugar high from this takes at least an hour to come down from.
Chocolate Lovers & Cookies and Cream Timbits PoutineThese, in addition to two other flavours -- Chocolate Salted Caramel and Maple Cinnamon French Toast -- also round out the Tim Hortons poutine parade at this year's Ex.
Poutine BallsNoticing a trend? Canada's favourite meal is getting all sorts of representation. Here, it gets a Bavarian twist, with buttery mashed potato balls stuffed with cheese curds.
Deep-Fried CheesecakeThere's nothing more to say here. It's exactly what it promises: Amazingness.
Deep-Fried Rice PuddingToronto diner Fran's knows its classic staples and it doesn't disappoint here. Finally, something your mother will want to sample too.
Bloomin' AppleInspired by the classic fair favourite (the bloomin' onion), this is made from a whole apple, sliced and topped with caramel and chopped nuts. There's a side of Nutella for dippin', too.
Garlic Snow Crab FriesThis is the high-brow food of this year's Ex. Seasoned fries with house-made garlic aioli and fresh snow crab? Excuse us while we place our napkins over our laps.
Frosted Flakes-Battered Chicken on a StickOur favourite from the taste test, this chicken is bigger than it looks, is wholly made with white meat, and isn't too sweet. More, please.
Bacon-Wrapped Grilled CheeseSix strips of bacon weaved around a grilled cheese. You really can't go wrong.
Honey Dijon Ham Pretzel Donut SandwichYou'd think Tim Hortons would be done after all that sweet stuff, but nope! They have this gluttonous savoury offering too.
Chicken Waffles & Ice CreamAnother tasty treat from Fran's, this combination of sweet and savoury is delicious. Kill one yourself, or share with a friend. (We suggest the latter, these bad boys are big.)
Chicken Waffle on a StickYet another variation on the chicken waffle, this one's simple to eat. For added sweetness, it's dipped in maple syrup and sprinkled with icing sugar. Is your mouth watering yet?
Bub's Bad Boy Burger & The Sumo BurgerWhat's left to do to burgers? Make the buns into Jamaican patties (Bad Boy) or combine two massive beef patties (the Sumo). Both are very tasty and stupidly filling.
WATCH: Get in my belly!