Food & Drink

Deep-Fried Delicacies from the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas recently announced this year’s gut-busting Big Tex Choice Award Winners, and they’re as over-the-top as ever. Check out all of the winners visitors can find at this year’s fair (September 27–October 20 in Dallas), along with gloriously golden-fried winners from years past.

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Big Red Chicken Bread

The 2019 Best Sweet Taste award went to this chicken-wing-topped donut glazed in icing flavored with Texas’s popular Big Red soda.

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Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone

A cone-shaped tortilla filled with slow-cooked barbacoa, black beans, and cilantro lime rice claimed the 2019 Best Savory Taste title. 

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Fla’Mango Tango 

The 2019 Most Creative award went to a deep-fried mango twist drizzled with citrus glaze and served alongside strawberry mango sorbet.

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Arroz Con Leche

This deep-fried cinnamon-spiced concoction coated with puffed rice cereal stole the 2018 Best Sweet Taste award.

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Cotton Candy Taco 

The 2018 Most Creative award-winner was a graham cracker taco shell stuffed with organic cane-sugar cotton candy.

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Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick

Classic chicken noodle soup, fried and served on a stick alongside savory broth.

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Deep Fried Froot Loops 

Froot Loops folded into whipped cream and then fried create this fair-worthy breakfast dish.

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Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie

Cream and cheddar cheese potato balls filled with ground beef, gravy, and mixed vegetables.

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Deep Fried Peaches 

Vendor Christi Erpillo deep fried peaches coated in cinnamon, ginger, and coconut tempura batter to win the 2009 Best Taste award.

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Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat 

This potato skin hugs a Babybel cheese loaf, diced sausage patties, and skillet potatoes.

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Fat Smooth

Cafe Du Monde beignet batter coats these deep-fried Belgium mini cream puffs, topped with powdered sugar, chocolate drizzle, and caramel sauce.

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Fernie’s Fried Texas Sheet Cake

Dr Pepper icing finishes a deep-fried chocolate brownie coated in ground Cocoa Puffs, cinnamon sugar, and panko.

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Fernie’s Hoppin John Cake with Jackpot Sauce 

A combination of black-eyed peas, white rice, green onions, spicy smoked sausage, and a secret blend of spices come together for a dish that ran away with the 2018 Best Savory Taste award.

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Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It

A creamy blend of chiffon orange cake, whipped cream, and orange preserves fill these fluffy puff pastries.

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Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat

A baked potato cradles seasoned steak and lobster meat crowned with a single lobster claw.

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Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

This hearty creation sandwiches a grilled burger patty, queso, and bacon between two funnel cake buns and left the 2017 fair with the Best Savory Taste and Most Creative awards. 

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Gulf Coast Fish Bowl

The 2017 Best Sweet Taste winner was a fish bowl filled to the brim with boozy blue punch, Nerds, and Swedish Fish and then topped with a pineapple lid.

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Pinot Noir Popcorn

Kettle corn coated in pinot noir burgundy wine powder mixed with cheddar cheese popcorn. 

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State Fair Fun-L Cake Ice Cream

Powdered sugar and pieces of funnel cake take center stage in this fair-inspired ice cream flavor.

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Sweet Bakin’ Bacon

Sponge cake filled with cream, wrapped in bacon, and of course, deep fried. 

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Texas Fajita Fries

Deep-fried beef fajita strips sprinkled with a sriracha spice mix sit in a bread cone.  

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Texas Fried Hill Country

Two green tomatoes serve as the buns for a flash-fried mozzarella and basil sandwich.

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Texas Twang-kie 

Moist cornbread cake filled with grilled chicken white bean chili. 

 

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The Tamale Donut

Deep-fried pork carnitas and masa get a drizzle of jalapeno salsa.

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