How to make home versions of your favorite junk foods
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How to make home versions of your favorite junk foods

You know what's great? Junk food. You know what's better than great? Junk food you don't need to feel quite as bad about because you've made it at home. Hey, if you're going to eat junk food, you might as well know what's going into it, right?

 
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Naked Chicken Chalupa

Naked Chicken Chalupa
Taco Bell

Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chalupa might be dead and gone (and no, the Naked Chicken Chips aren't the same), but that's no reason you can't enjoy a delicious taco in a shell made from fried chicken. This recipe, via Skillet, will teach you how to make your own chicken taco shells at home, so you can customize your own fried taco monstrosities. Follow the step by step instructions here.

 
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Fruit-By-The-Foot

Fruit-By-The-Foot
Youtube

Okay, there might be something special about the processed flavor of processed fruit leathers that is lost when you make them at home, but trust us, you'll forget all about it when you start making these fresh, bright fruit snacks at home. Follow the step by step instructions here at Green Kitchen Stories, and customize away.

 
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Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches
Chick-Fi-A

The South's favorite fried chicken sandwich isn't as unattainable as you may think. No matter where you live (or whether or not it's Sunday), you're only a brine and some seasoned flower away from making your own Chick-Fil-A sandwich at home. The full recipe is here, via Serious Eats.

 
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Doritos

Doritos
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We're going to drop a bombshell on you to kick this one off -- not only are these tortilla chips more delicious than Doritos, they're also (somehow) vegan. I know! Shocker. What's even more surprising is how easy these chips are to make at home. See for yourself by following the recipe over at Fork and Beans.

 
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Cheez-Its

Cheez-Its
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We're going to stick with Fork and Beans for this next recipe too, because they have done the impossible – they have made gluten free, vegan Cheez-Its. And they don't taste like wood chips – in fact, they're incredibly delicious. Follow along with the full recipe here, and be amazed.

 
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McDonald's Fries

McDonald's Fries
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Serious Eats has a well-deserved reputation for recreating beloved fast food staples – and this might be their crown jewel. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt and the Food Lab crew have successfully reverse-engineered the perfectly crispy and skinny McDonald's french fry. Enough said. The full recipe is here.

 
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Gummy Bears

Gummy Bears
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Sure, you're going to need special molds for these, but once you've gotten them, there's nothing stopping you from making healthy gummy bears for your kids. Or for yourself. Probably just for yourself. Oh, and did we mention, they're pretty healthy too? Creative and Healthy Fun Food has the recipe here.

 
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Reese's Cups

Reese's Cups
YouTube

Yes, we know these don't really look like Reese's cups. And that they aren't filled with peanut butter like Reese's cups are. But take our word for it -- these chocolate peanut butter cups made with puffed quinoa are better than the candy aisle version. And healthier too! The full recipe is here, via Blissful Basil.

 
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Chicago Style Popcorn

Chicago Style Popcorn
Garrett Popcorn

Most people outside the Midwest are sadly unaware of one of the best-ever junk foods: Chicago-style popcorn, a delicious mix of cheese and caramel corn. Luckily, you don't have to go to the Windy City to get your hands on some – Serious Eats has a recipe right here so that you can make your own.

 
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Twix Bars

Twix Bars
Twix

Twix bars might just be the most underrated candy bars that parents routinely steal from their children's pillowcases every year on Halloween. Pay tribute to them by making your own at home. And as an added bonus, this recipe via Bakerita is gluten free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

 
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Mr. Softee Soft Serve

Mr. Softee Soft Serve
Youtube

No matter how many times you make ice cream at home, it's always tough to get that perfect, ice-cream-truck-slash-Dairy-Queen-dip soft serve texture. Serious Eats has cracked the code using gelatin, of all things. Follow along with the recipe here, and surprise your friends with picture perfect soft serve.

 
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Butterfingers

Butterfingers
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True story: When I was very young, I wrote a letter to Nestle asking them how they get the peanut butter so crispy in their Butterfingers bars. They wouldn't tell me how they did it, but now they don't have to – thanks to a delightful Serious Eats recipe that will teach you how to make your own at home.

 
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Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Don't get ahead of yourself here – we need to tell you that making your own Lucky Charms is labor intensive and tough. But for those of you who are willing and able, making them yourself is well worth the effort. The Cupcake Project has the full recipe right here.

 
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Kettle Chips

Kettle Chips
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Making your own potato chips at home really isn't that hard. But nailing the texture of a kettle chip? Well, you might need a bit of guidance with that. Luckily, Serious Eats has come to the rescue! By boiling the potatoes in vinegar first, the chips take on a firm, delightfully crispy texture. The full recipe can be found here.

 
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Sno Balls

Sno Balls
YouTube

Sure, it's the middle of the summer – but isn't that the perfect time for a Sno Ball? This recipe, via From Away, breaks down the process into super-manageable steps so that anybody can make these delicious morsels at home. The full recipe is right here.

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