25 Summer Copycat Recipes We're Making ASAP (2024)

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25 Summer Copycat Recipes We're Making ASAP (1)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Feb. 22, 2024

    Skip waiting in long lines this summer—these copycat recipes mimic your favorite seasonal eats.


    Inspired by: KFC Original Recipe

    If you’ve wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

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    Inspired by: Dairy Queen Banana Split

    In 1904, the first banana split recipe was made here in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store. We still use his original formula when we make banana splits in our restaurants. —Melissa Blystone, Valley Dairy

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli

    While visiting a friend who had just moved to St. Louis, Missouri, I tried these toasted ravioli at almost every restaurant! When I got home, I had to try to replicate them, and this recipe comes pretty close. —Cristina Carrera, Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Get Our Recipe for Toasted Ravioli

    These Olive Garden copycat recipes taste just like the real deal!


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    Inspired by: State Fair Deep-Fried Candy Bars

    Why wait in line at the state fair for deep-fried candy bars when you can satisfy your curious taste buds in your very own home? Be sure to make a lot—these novelties go fast! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Find more deep-fried favorites with our state fair copycat recipes.


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    Inspired by: Panda Express Orange Chicken

    My husband loves this orange chicken stir-fry, so we have it quite often. I’m delighted with the ingredients as we have six orange trees in our backyard. —Bunny Bronson, Lake Placid, Florida

    Get Our Recipe for Orange Chicken Stir-Fry

    Give these other copycat chicken recipes a try, too.


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    Inspired by: Dunkin' Iced Coffee

    When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I didn’t think I’d like it. Not only did I like it, I decided I could learn how to make an iced coffee recipe of my own. My fast-to-fix version is a refreshing alternative to hot java. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota

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    Inspired by: Sonic Corn Dog

    Bring the county fair home to your kitchen with these summer-ready corn dogs. A tip for dipping: Pour the batter in a tall Mason jar and dunk your dogs to create an even coating all around. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Inspired by: Beer Garden Soft Pretzels

    These homemade pretzels never last long around our house. My kids love to make them…and eat them! I serve them to company with a variety of dips, such as pizza sauce, ranch dressing, spinach dip or hot mustard. —Elvira Martens, Aldergrove, British Columbia

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    Inspired by: Culver's Vanilla Custard

    I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and the perfect indulgence on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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    Inspired by: McDonald's Big Mac

    These sliders are super easy to put together and are always a hit! I love that they are “fast food” without having to go to a restaurant. Take them to a party, make them for dinner or serve them on game day. The meat can also be made ahead of time in preparation for your gathering. —April Lee Wiencek, Chicago, Illinois

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    Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Old-Fashioned Lemonade

    This sweet-tart lemonade is a traditional part of my Memorial Day and Fourth of July menus. Folks can’t get enough of the fresh-squeezed flavor. —Tammi Simpson, Greensburg, Kentucky

    Get Our Recipe for Old-Fashioned Lemonade

    Sip on more refreshing copycat drink recipes.


    Inspired by: Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

    My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Get Our Recipe for Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


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    Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

    My family always asks for this love-me-tender lemon pound cake. Sometimes, I shake things up and make cupcakes with the batter. So awesome for brunch! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota

    Get Our Recipe for Lemon Pound Cake Loaves


    Inspired by: Applebee's Quesadilla Burger

    This combo gives you a tender burger, crisp veggies and a crunchy shell, plus fajita flavor. Kids love it. —Antonio Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio

    Get Our Recipe for Fajita Burger Wraps

    Learn how to make a copycat frosty, too!


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    Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    My biscuits won the prize for best quick bread at my county fair. One of the judges liked them so much, she asked for the recipe! These buttery, savory biscuits go with just about anything. —Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio


    Inspired by: Chipotle Carnitas

    We shared these flavor-packed tacos with friends from church who came over to help us move. They’re so good, I put them on my blog, manilaspoon.com! The slow cooker makes this recipe extra easy, and I love that whenever I make it, I’m reminded of the wonderful people back in Michigan. —Abigail Raines, Hamden, Connecticut

    Get Our Recipe for Slow-Cooker Carnitas


    Inspired by: KFC Coleslaw

    For me, this is the best coleslaw recipe because a package of shredded cabbage and carrots really cuts down on prep time. This creamy coleslaw recipe is great for potlucks or to serve to your family on a busy weeknight. —Renee Endress, Galva, Illinois

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    Inspired by: Ice Cream Truck Ice Cream Sandwiches

    If you’re tight on time, you can use store-bought cookies, but I highly recommend making these oatmeal chocolate cookies from scratch. The dessert sandwiches are pure fun. Sometimes I decorate the sides of the sandwiches with colorful jimmies, too. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

    Get Our Recipe for Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Cool off with these other ice cream truck copycat recipes.


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    Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Chicken Enchiladas

    Leftover chicken gets an awesome makeover in this rich and creamy casserole. This colorful dish is loaded with flavor. It’s a nice change of pace from beef enchiladas. —Julie Moutray, Wichita, Kansas

    Get Our Recipe for Zippy Chicken Enchiladas


    Inspired by: Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

    I love caramel frappuccinos from Starbucks, but they get too expensive. I now make my own, and they are just as good. If you blend the milk with all the other ingredients, it gets too foamy—instead stir it in with a spoon after all the ice is crushed. —Heather Egger, Davenport, Iowa

    Get Our Recipe for Caramel Frappuccino


    Inspired by: Panera Bread Summer Corn Chowder

    Enjoy this chowder’s rich, slow-simmered flavor in record time by using an Instant Pot. Corn chowder is a classic staple, with its hearty flavors of creamy sweet corn, bacon crumbles, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped parsley. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

    I make this spicy shrimp pasta a lot because it’s a something my family never seems to get tired of. The sauce is so fast to make I can get it done while the fettuccine is cooking. In the past, I have added red peppers and spinach, but who’s to say you could not add mushrooms or more or less spice. —Stephanie Beluk, Sharpsburg, Georgia

    Get Our Recipe for Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo


    Inspired by: Burger King Chicken Fries

    Kid-friendly and quick, these crunchy oven-baked chicken fries are coated with a mixture of crushed potato chips, panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip them in ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or honey-mustard sauce.—Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

    Get Our Recipe for Chicken Fries

    Originally Published: December 31, 1969

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