Twenty-five fascinating fried foods from the Texas State Fair
For years, county fairs have been at the forefront of deep-frying science, splicing and creating mutant "foods" that are all at once monstrous and wondrous. The Texas State Fair -- the largest state fair in the country -- holds a yearly competition for the most innovative deep-fried foods. Here are 25 fried Frankenfoods from fairs past:
It's actually bubblegum-flavored marshmallows, battered and deep fried and sprinkled with Chiclets. Do you chew this? Eat it? Who knows, but you can buy it.
Frozen balls of butter, battered and fried and served with four sauces. Because why not.
Nope, this isn't beer battered. This is beer: battered and fried. The beer is poured into little ravioli pockets which burst with scalding suds upon first bite.
Peanut Butter Banana Cheeseburgers
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Elvis would probably make a special trip to Texas just to see this.
An enterprising chef found a way to deep fry soda without the 3rd degree burns.
Chicken Fried Bacon
This is self-explanatory. And probably delicious.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
It's really just batter with some Jelly Belly jelly beans mixed in, like a fritter on a sugar high.
Cadbury Creme Eggs
Easter doesn't have nearly enough fried foods... until now.
It's not just pizza ingredients inside a ball of dough. No. It's an actual slice of pizza, breaded and fried.
With an extra sprinkle of Kool-Aid powder over the top instead of powdered sugar.
French Fry-Coated Hot Dog
See? It exists.
There's probably not a more delicious way to gain five pounds.
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This one is a bit of a misnomer, it seems; the fried part is a sweet dough, which is topped with coffee-flavored ice cream, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
With a banana thrown in for good measure.
Deep-fried condiments can't be a good thing, but according to some people, this is the best-tasting item at the fair. It's salsa mixed with masa, then rolled in crushed tortilla chips before frying.
It's hard to see, but there's a pop tart in there.
Funnel cake batter made with margarita mixer, fried and soaked in more margarita, all served in a salt-rimmed glass.
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The thing about salad is that it's good for you, usually. Not this time. This is a spinach wrap filled with ham, bacon, cheese, chicken, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and carrots, fried and served on a bed of lettuce.
It was only a matter of time.
It's a pocket filled with pumpkin pie, rolled in cinnamon and ginger snaps, fried and served with whipped cream.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Each item is battered and fried individually, skewered and served with whipped cream and a cherry. The "upside-down" part is up to you.
Cheesecake filling wrapped in a tortilla, fried.
These are amazing, actually.
And this year's winners, announced this week:
Fried Jambalaya: Best Taste
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Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll: Most Creative
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