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CNE: the must-eat crazy culinary creations

Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:10 PM - It's a bittersweet moment in Toronto. The Canadian National Exhibition has opened its gates and that means the end of Summer is near.

But if you need something delicious (or just plain crazy) to cheer you up, you need to look no further than some of the new culinary concoctions offered at this year's CNE.

1. The Crowbar

One part croisssant and one part chocolate bar the crowbar adds up to perfection. Available in several flavours including Mars Bar, Kit Kat, Caramilk or Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, it's the right choice no matter the time of day.

2. The Elvis Grilled Cheese

It's a grilled cheese worthy of the King of Rock and Roll. This royal treat is a delicious mix of peanut butter, banana, bacon and cheese in between two warm slices of toast.

3. Spicy Peanut Butter Sriracha Rolls

As the name implies, this creation is the right choice for fans of spicy food. Sit back and let your taste buds enjoy the mix of salt and hot spice.

4. Brownie Cheesecake Milkshake

This refreshing drink comes courtesy of Fran's Restaurant, a new addition to the CNE food vendors and might be as close to sweet tooth heaven as you can get. A cheesecake blended into a shake covered in whipped cream and hot fudge.

5. S'more Bao

This multicultural treat takes a traditional Asian bao or Baozi and covers it with nutella, milk cream, fluff, crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallow.  Definitely worth a cavity or two.

6. And if that's not enough...

The items listed above are the just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun things to eat at the CNE. Make sure to try a thanksgiving waffle (a combination of all your holiday favourites), the fun-ana (the lovechild of a corndog and a funnel cake), nachos, corn, deep fried chocolate bars and many, many more.

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Of course, last year's cronut scare might have people on the fence about trying these culinary creations but fear not. New procedures and policies this summer are being introduced to make sure the food for sale is safe. Food inspectors will be closely monitoring storage and preparation standards.

Take some time and visit the CNE between August 15 and September 1 at the Exhibition Place.

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