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Naked Chicken Chalupa

Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chalupa might be dead and gone but that's no reason you can't enjoy a delicious taco in a shell made from fried chicken


Okay, there might be something special about the processed flavor of processed fruit leathers that is lost when you make them at home

Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

The South's favorite fried chicken sandwich isn't as unattainable as you may think. No matter where you live you're only a brine and some seasoned flower


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  vegan


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

McDonald's Fries

Serious Eats has a well-deserved reputation for recreating beloved fast food staples – and this might be their crown jewel

Gummy Bears

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

Reese's Cups

 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 

Chicago 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

Twix Bars

Twix bars might just be the most underrated candy bars that parents routinely steal from their children's pillowcases every year on Halloween.

Softee Soft Serve

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


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

Lucky Charms

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.

Kettle 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 Serious Eats has come to the rescue