Ah, yes. The amusement park. With roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls and swings galore, you're guaranteed to have fun (well, unless you visit Krabby Land, that is). There's so much that amusement parks have to offer, that it's pretty hard not to have a good time - just make sure you indulge in some amusement park food. 

Food is one aspect of amusement parks that is often overshadowed by the park's attractions and carnival-like atmosphere. Nevertheless, there are some pretty rad (as well as subpar) amusement park food options. Here is my guide to the best amusement park food, based on personal experience.

1. Deep Fried Oreos

It seems like they're deep-frying everything these days. I'm not usually one for fried food, but when I saw deep-fried Oreos at my school's winter carnival, I had to try one. I actually ended up having 3, because they were just that good.

The crunchy outer shell really complements the softness of America's favorite cookie - this will have you coming back for more. Make your trip to the amusement park even more memorable by trying a deep-fried Oreo. I promise you won't regret it.

2. Candy Apples

No bad apples here. Although traditionally a fall specialty, candy apples can be enjoyed any time of year. They're sweet, crunchy, and aesthetically pleasing to boot. And to top it off, amusement parks offer several options to satisfy your craving for that sweet apple treat. What's not to love? If you're looking for something sweet to snack on but don't want an upset stomach before going on that next ride, you can never go wrong with a candy apple.

3. Ginger Molasses Cookies

Are deep-fried Oreos or candy apples not your cup of tea? Maybe the third time's the charm with ginger molasses cookies. Also known as Ginger Snaps, this cookie is another personal favorite of mine. The extra touch of ginger on top really makes these chewy cookies pop.

Like candy apples, they're not all that filling - making this another great snack option. If you ever find yourself in Missouri, be be sure to try these at Silver Dollar City - they're (supposedly) world famous.

4. Dippin' Dots

At first glance, Dippin' Dots seem very appealing, and a great way to cool off on a sizzling summer day. This ice cream treat comes in a multitude of colors and flavors, and is known as the "Ice Cream of the Future". Far out, man. Any product associated with the word "future" sounds cool, because people love speculating on "the land of tomorrow". 

Sure, Dippin' Dots will cool you off, but I have found them to be a let-down. For one thing, the dots melt in your mouth pretty quickly, so it's hard to savor the flavor. They also don't really taste like much. I'd stick with ice cream, but you do you.

5. Fried Dough

You were just waiting for this to show up, right? Fried dough is perhaps the most quintessential amusement park food you can get. With its chewy taste and powdered sugar topping, fried dough is a favorite among many. I can never seem to finish it all though, because the pieces are too big. There's never enough sugar on top, and the bottom is usually too crunchy. Don't let this stop you, though - I'd just prefer something with a little more flair.

6. Funnel Cakes

Rounding out this list we have the funnel cake - another staple of amusement parks worldwide. I have only tried this food once, but thought it was too crunchy and bland. I think I would have enjoyed it more with either dipping sauces or toppings (maybe some fruit and whipped cream). But I'm willing to give this another try.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are many more treats that can't be listed here. Amuse yourself by trying some new eats on your next trip to the amusement park. Who knows, you may discover a new favorite amusement park food, or even be inspired to make your own culinary creation. The possibilities are endless.