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26 Childhood Summer Food Favorites to Make at Home

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I've been conditioned, since starting at Food52, to see visions of tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and corn when I hear (or read, or think, or Scrabble) the word summer.

But there's still a part of me, deep down inside (actually, who am I kidding: That part of me is right on the surface: Hello! Hi there!), that immediately goes to snacks! and treats!: the bags of chocolate chips I accessed freely while my parents were at work, the jugs of "lemonade" I slurped at the day-camp bus stop.

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There's time aplenty for fresh salads and grilled fish; let's take a minute to appreciate the nostalgic foods of summer—hot dogs, hamburgers, orange soda, the like—that taste best this time of year. Now, you can make them without a trip to the convenience store (and any time you'd like):

Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns
Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns
The Truth About Hot Dogs—Plus 2 Ways to Dress Them Up

The Truth About Hot Dogs—Plus 2 Ways to Dress Them Up by Cara Nicoletti

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5 Tricks to Making a Really Excellent Burger

5 Tricks to Making a Really Excellent Burger by Cara Nicoletti

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Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup by Alexandra Stafford

Honey Mustard

Honey Mustard by molly yeh

Corn Dogs
Corn Dogs
Homemade Cheez-Its
Homemade Cheez-Its
How to Make Bagel Chips at Home

How to Make Bagel Chips at Home by Sarah Jampel

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Fulfill Every Snacking Need with Homemade Corn Nuts, Two Ways

Fulfill Every Snacking Need with Homemade Corn Nuts, Two ... by Sarah Jampel

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Patricia Wells' Fake Frites
Patricia Wells' Fake Frites
Curly Fries
Curly Fries
Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips by Ashley McLaughlin

How to Make Salsa without a Recipe

How to Make Salsa without a Recipe by Marian Bull

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Strawberry Marshmallows
Strawberry Marshmallows
Great Graham Crackers

Great Graham Crackers by Alice Medrich

Classic Vanilla Marshmallows

Classic Vanilla Marshmallows by Erin McDowell

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream by Alice Medrich

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream by Phyllis Grant

Hoodsie Cups
Hoodsie Cups
Homemade Pocky
Homemade Pocky
Fudgesicles
Fudgesicles
Grasshopper Pie
Grasshopper Pie
Chocolate Donut Holes (Munchkins)
Chocolate Donut Holes (Munchkins)
Homemade Moon Pies!
Homemade Moon Pies!
Italian Ice

Italian Ice by Tieghan Gerard

DIY Orange Soda

DIY Orange Soda by Tieghan Gerard

Growing up, what was your favorite summer food? Tell us in the comments below (and share a DIY recipe, if you've got one!).