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Mateo Aguilar, 11, about to tackle the Two-Foot-Long Taco at The Ex.
Mateo Aguilar, 11 , about to try a two-foot-long taco on The Ex. Photo by Ernest Doroszuk /Toronto Sun

The Canadian National Exhibition is back on Friday. Think seriously about the exhibits, shows, rides and games you've missed over the past two years. It's the food that everyone is most excited about.

Millions of visitors head to the Food Building and Midway to check out CNE's real attractions.

Had to check out some of the exciting things The Ex has to offer. Sorry carnival food lovers. Put on your stretchy pants and go to The Ex.

Here are my favorites:

Cinnamon Curd Crunch (King of Cards)

Cheese Topped with Cinnamon Sugar, Cream Cheese Icing, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Weird card but run, don't walk, to Midway to get this.

2ft long taco (machete)

How do you handle this oversized taco? Of course, with a friend (or four). Choose from chorizo, ground beef, or mushrooms (any protein will do), but beef was my favourite.

Mateo Aguilar, 11, about to tackle the Two-Foot-Long Taco at The Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
Mateo Aguilar, 11, Ex's 2-foot long taco about to tackle. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun) Photo by Ernest Doroszuk /Toronto Sun

Color-changing purple slime soda (Eative)

Thanks to the blue matcha, the vibrant drink turns from blue to purple.It is also served in a light-up cup that resembles a lava lamp when activated.Perfect for children of all ages.

Squid Cake (Farm to Fryer)

A drizzle of black squid ink and a crumble of fried pickles provide a wonderful combination of textures and flavors.

Pro Tip: Fried Cheesecake Chimichanga is light and airy, serve fried cheesecake with pop rocks for an otherworldly experience.

Squid Cakes at The Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
The original squid cake. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Krispy Kreme Pulled Pork (Pull'd/Epic)

Dreams are made. The chewy texture of the melty donut, the cheeky shredded pork topping, and the creamy coleslaw make for a messy yet delicious meal.

Leaning Tower of Pisa (San Francesco)

The name doesn't exactly roll off your tongue, but San Francesco's famous breaded meatballs , mozzarella cheese sticks. The cotton candy is all stuffed in a waffle cone, dusted with garlic aioli, and the flavor just pops.

Leaning T.O.wer of Pisa at The Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
Lean against the Tower of Pisa in The Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun) Photo by Ernest Doroszuk /Toronto Sun

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Fried Coffee (Deep Fried Co.)

Coffee flavored fried funnel cake topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and chocolate-coated cocoa beans will energize you for the day.

ADVANTAGE TIP: Made for the ultimate cheese lover. It's exactly what it sounds like, but when you see it in person, you'll realize just how big (and how much cheese can stretch) this melting log.

ketchup and mustard ice cream (very cute ice cream)

I already knew it came from condiments in the form of soft serve, I had to sample a frozen treat with a sweet and savory twist. You've probably already made up your mind on one or both, but all I can say is try.

Mustard and Ketchup ice cream at The EX. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
Mustard and ketchup ice cream from The EX. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Croffles (Fuwa Fuwa)

The latest hybrid sensation — croissant waffles — is now at The Ex, topped with soft serve and toppings. fruits. I have your vitamins for the day.

Squid Ink Korean Corn Dogs (SaltSpring Concessions)

Think about how you eat at Carnival. However, it's all rolled up with mozzarella cheese because the ends of the hot dog are strung together to resemble tentacles. Ink the batter and bread crumbs before frying and you won't be disappointed.

Squid-Ink Korean Corndog at The Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
Squid Ink Korean Corn Dog in Ex. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Smash Burger (Bacon Nation)

Hot Cheetos (FHC) and what else burger lovers want There is also

Pro Tip: If you want, he can also get FHC on a burrito (from Burrito Co.) or a FHC-breaded fried chicken sandwich (from Fried Chicken Sandwich).

Spicy Pickle Lemonade (Real Fruit Drink)

The hint of jalapeño and sourness of pickle juice sounds like a lot, but it's surprisingly refreshing. On to the next fun food. If you have an appetite, yes.

Spicy Pickle Lemonade at The EX. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
EX Spicy Pickle Lemonade. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
  1. Crews are setting up rides prior to Friday's opening of the CNE.

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  2. Derek Brazier, of Tiny Tom's Donuts, was setting up ahead of the CNE at the Food Building in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday Aug. 10, 2022.

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  3. CNE midway

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