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:

Bubblegum

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Collin Harvey/Flickr

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.


Butter

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mgerskup/Flickr

Frozen balls of butter, battered and fried and served with four sauces. Because why not.


Beer

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Stacy Huggins/Flickr

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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Cheryl Reas via NBC

Elvis would probably make a special trip to Texas just to see this.


Coke

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L. Richarz/Flickr

An enterprising chef found a way to deep fry soda without the 3rd degree burns.


Chicken Fried Bacon

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ladybugbkt/Flickr

This is self-explanatory. And probably delicious.


Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

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RosieTulips/Flickr

It's really just batter with some Jelly Belly jelly beans mixed in, like a fritter on a sugar high.


Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Easter doesn't have nearly enough fried foods... until now.


Pizza

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Siggi Churchill/Flickr

It's not just pizza ingredients inside a ball of dough. No. It's an actual slice of pizza, breaded and fried.


Kool-Aid

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nineminutes/Flickr

With an extra sprinkle of Kool-Aid powder over the top instead of powdered sugar.


French Fry-Coated Hot Dog

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phil.lees/Flickr

See? It exists.


Pecan Pie

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There's probably not a more delicious way to gain five pounds.


Lattes

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Traveling Fools of America/Flickr

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.


PB&J

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bittermelon/Flickr

With a banana thrown in for good measure.


Salsa

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thestir.com

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.


Pop Tarts

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RosieTulips/Twitter

It's hard to see, but there's a pop tart in there.


Margaritas

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David Berkowitz/Flickr

Funnel cake batter made with margarita mixer, fried and soaked in more margarita, all served in a salt-rimmed glass.


Club Salad

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New York Daily News

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.


S'mores

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David Berkowitz/Flickr

It was only a matter of time.


Pumpkin Pie

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It's a pocket filled with pumpkin pie, rolled in cinnamon and ginger snaps, fried and served with whipped cream.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Blazenhoff/Flickr

Each item is battered and fried individually, skewered and served with whipped cream and a cherry. The "upside-down" part is up to you.


Deep-Fried Cheesecake

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Stacey Higgins/Flickr

Cheesecake filling wrapped in a tortilla, fried.


Oreos

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Jenn Larsen/Flickr

These are amazing, actually.


And this year's winners, announced this week:

Fried Jambalaya: Best Taste

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The Dallas Morning News

Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll: Most Creative

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