5 Ways to Upgrade Junk Food

© Kay Chun

By F&W Editors Posted July 21, 2016

You can do better than the store-bought kind.

This National Junk Food Day, try homemade versions of your favorite indulgences. From french fries to candy-studded snack mix, here are seven ways to elevate your favorite junk foods, plus the best wines to pair them with.

1. Pimento Cheese Fries

Food & Wine:

Chef Jonathon Sawyer takes his french fries over-the-top with a tequila-spiked pimento cheese topping.

2. Grilled Doughnuts with Blueberry Sauce

Food & Wine: Grilled Doughnuts with Blueberry Sauce

© Eva Kolenko

Cooking doughnuts on the grill gives them an incredible crisp texture.

3. Popcorn

Food & Wine: Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios

© John Kernick

Mixing popcorn with glazed pistachios creates the ultimate sweet-salty snack.

4. Totchos 

Food & Wine: Tater Tot Nachos with Kimchi Cheese Sauce

© Kay Chun

This amazing recipe combines two junk food classics: tater tots and nachos.

5. Snack Mix 

Food & Wine:

Sugar genius Christina Tosi combines different kinds of candy bars for the ultimate party mix.

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