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Favourite foods of the CNE

Looking forward to the tastes of the CNE coming up later this month. Unfortunately, the FOOD building no longer offers my old favourites from my younger days. Most of the food there today is lousy and well , just not what I remember ( really dating myself now....yes I was born in the 60s). I still go every year and get my corn dog and ice cream waffle! Ew! I know! But I have to ! It's tradition!
I loved the fresh Sally Lee coconut marshmallows! Used to bring home a box, still warm, to my grandmother who also loved them!
And the Tiny Tom donuts,........YUM!
Remember all those chocolate bars and whatnot you could get for a nickel or dime?
Billy Bee honey!
The Lancia pasta kitchen? Who remembers?
I know you can still get the donuts. Does anyone know whatever happened to Sally Lee marshmallows? Where are they today? I miss them.
Tell me Chowhounders what are your favourite foods of the CNE? What are best new ones?

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  1. Just a quick note, asking that people keep the focus on food items that are likely to be available at this year's CNE. We know nostalgia is a big part of what keeps people going back to the fair every year, but our focus is on helping people eat better in the here and now, and comparisons to what we remember from childhood doesn't really help with that mission.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      OK, Chowhound Team, this is about something that's available today, BUT was also a big part of my childhood Ex-perience. That suit you? The ice cream sandwiches on waffles from a stand near the eastern gate.

      1. re: Bob Catt

        Oops, I see Arcadiaseeker also mentioned the ice cream waffles.

      1. Tiny Tim donuts and the waffles with ice cream -- yummy!!!

        1. Sauerkraut Perogies from the 'Bavarian" kiosk!!
          Cheesecake, preferably 'apple caramel' from The Cheesecake Factory and for the finale....
          The biggest reddest Candy Apple I can find when I'm on the way to the streetcar!!!

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          1. re: pearlD

            In the food Building - my favs include regular perogies with sour cream, Daytona wings with fries and honey garlic sauce....so good. The fries go well with the sauce too & beavertails. I tried a deep fried mars bars out on the midway but did not like it at all.

          2. All "food" for sale at the C.N.E. can be described by one word- "Offal"

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            1. re: Doctormhl1

              Not really helpful, what's your point? The OP already mentioned that most of the food isn't that great.

              Anyways, staple for us is always Tiny Toms. It wouldn't be the CNE without Tiny Toms!

            2. for what the food is at CNE, you cant ask for very much. but a staple for me is the Fresh Lemonade.... so good on a hot day.

                1. re: bjinyyz

                  YES YES YES - Corn dogs! Yum. Yeah it is still a hot dog on a stick but it is so good - for a hot dog on a stick.

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    i was going to put down corn dogs too but for the last couple of yrs, or mybe the ones i went to, the corn was really dry and hard. i love corn dogs. i faithfully eat one every yr anyways.

                2. I read in the newspaper that someone is selling chocolate covered bacon, did anyone try that?


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                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    i'vre tried this but not at the CNE
                    It's a fantastic combo and if they have it at the CNE it definetley is worth trying
                    there's a chemical reason for it but i can't recall it off the top of my head.

                    1. re: CoffeeAddict416

                      The ill -timely named "tornado potato" )

                    2. re: foodyDudey

                      This is the review I've read of it:

                      "They microwave 3 pieces of bacon, drizzle cheap chocolate over it on a plate and that is it. No stick, no special presentation, no special chocolate."

                      For $5.

                      1. re: fluffysouffle

                        That sounds like a crime against bacon.

                        And chocolate.

                        And chocolate-covered bacon.

                          1. re: CeeQueue

                            Done right, chocolate-covered bacon is worth going to nutritional prison for. However, "done right" and "microwave" are completely contradictory in this context.

                    3. I was there opening day 1.75 for admission! going back this weekend to shop. I have been disappointed with the food selections at the CNE and last Friday I ate at the ribfest and had some good ribs there. So if you like ribs there were 4 purveyors selling their ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and at least of them had beef ribs even. Some were even selling their bbq sauce.
                      I still love tiny tom donuts and read an article that you can get coupons off their website buy 2 dozen get the 3rd free. much better than buy 4 get the 5th free! here's a link to their website.
                      I couldn't even find really good hand cut fries. I am not a fan of the curly q fries. I like my fries reg. cut or thick. The thin stringy ones just get crispy and crunchy without any substance. So I am disappointed with the CNE these days.

                      p.s. i miss the billy bee honey booth too! I dont remember the sally lee marshmallows.

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                      1. re: Janine

                        where exactly is the pulled pork?

                        1. re: hungryabbey

                          The CNE is hosting Ribfests on weekends in Bandshell Park.

                          I'm not sure about the schedule on their events page (scroll about 2/3 down); it says "weekends," but some of the dates are for 5 and 6 days. http://www.theex.com/whatson.php?menu...