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We'll Fry Anything! A Look at Texas State Fair Food


Each year, the State Fair of Texas holds a contest for deep-fried concoctions to be served at the State Fair. The 2012 State Fair of Texas will be held from September 28, 2012 through October 21, 2012.

One Big Tex Choice Award is presented for "Most Creative" and one is awarded for "Best Taste". The 2012 winners are: Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll for Most Creative and Deep Fried Jambalaya for the Best Taste. 2011 winners were: Most Creative: Fried Bubblegum and for Best Taste: Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack. 2010 Winners were: Most Creative: Fried Beer and Best Taste Texas Fried Fritos Pie.

The 2009's "Most Creative" winner was Abel Gonzales for his Deep Fried Butter. Pats of seasoned real whipped butter are battered and deep fried. Abel is a now a four-time winner of the coveted annual Big Tex Choice Awards. His previous winning concoctions are Deep Fried Peanut Butter Jelly and Banana Sandwich (2005 Best Taste Award), Fried Coke (2006 Most Creative Award) and Texas Fried Cookie Dough (2007 Best Taste).

Most Creative Winners

  • 2005 Fried Ice Cream
  • 2006 Fried Coke
  • 2007 Deep Fried Latte
  • 2008 Fried Banana Split
  • 2009 Deep Fried Butter
  • 2010 Fried Beer(TM)
  • 2011 Fried Bubblegum

Best Taste Winners

  • 2005 Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
  • 2006 Fried Praline Perfection
  • 2007 Texas Fried Cookie Dough
  • 2008 Chicken Fried Bacon
  • 2009 Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
  • 2010 Texas Fried Fritos(TM) Pie
  • 2011 Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack

Foods to Try at the 2012 State Fair of Texas

  • Cup of Trash-A mixture of beans, hamburger meat and rice that can be topped with onions, cheese, and tomatoes. This cup of goodness is served with saltine crackers.
  • Chicken Fried Cactus Bites – Thinly sliced prickly pear that is battered and deep fried. Served with a jalapeno ranch and agave nectar dipping sauce.
  • Fried Cotton Candy- Where cotton candy meets funnel cake. Pink cotton candy that is battered in funnel cake mix. It is then quick-fried on a skewer of 3 and then sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake - A slice of chocolate cake soaked in buttermilk batter and fried. Then sprinkled with cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices and peaches are drizzled with syrup.
  • Picnic on a Stick - Spicy fried chicken, tater tots and slices of dill pickle alternating on a skewer, then dipped in batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried. You have a choice of BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard.
  • Fried Cow Patty- Fried chocolate batter the size of a plate that has a dollop of chocolate pudding topped with a chocolate mousse whipped cream.
  • Fried Mexican Fire Crackers - Spicy chicken, cheese and jalapeno mix wrapped in dough and deep fried. Served with fiery hot sauce.
  • El Dogito on a Stick- Spicy smoky sausage smothered with cheese and jalapeno slices. It’s wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep fried. Served with mild or hot salsa.
  • West Texas Fried Apple Pie- Apple filling covered in wheat bread and covered with brown sugar and cinnamon, then fried.
  • Fried Pork Wing - Slow-cooked for six hours then deep fried, rolled and tossed in a smoked bacon chipotle glaze. Served with homemade potato chips dusted in barbecue seasoning.
  • Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll - A cinnamon roll dipped in a sweet pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Deep Fried Baked Potato-Crisp fried French fries wrapped in foil that you split open and fill with butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, and bacon bits. Slow smoked chopped beef and homemade BBQ sauce can be added.
  • Potato Twist-A potato consisting of onion, bacon bits, and bell pepper. It is then covered inCajun breading and deep fried. Two choices of dipping sauce: spicy red or cream white.
  • Fried Sugar Cubes-Sugar cubes dipped in either chocolate, vanilla, choc/vanilla batter, then deep-fried. Drizzled with chocolate, caramel or fruit sauces.
  • Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider – A 3-cheese mac that is baked, battered in bread crumbs and then deep-fried. Placed on a slider bun with a griddled beef patty.
  • Deep Fried Jambalaya - Jambalaya made with shrimp, cajun sausage and seasonings is coated in seasoned flour and fried. It is then served with a spicy ranch sauce.
  • Fried Kitty-Kat-A Kit Kat bar dipped in batter, fried, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
  • Chocolate Candy-Coated Bacon-Fried bacon dipped in chocolate and rolled in candy sprinkles.
  • Pulled Pork Sliders-Smoked pulled pork served on a slider bun and topped with white BBQ sauce.
  • Deep Fried Red Velvet Cupcake-A red velvet cupcake filled with cream cheese frosting that is deep fried and topped with additional frosting. A fried bonelss chicken wing is placed on the cupcake for a sweet and salty combo.
  • Shrimp Quesadillas-A fresh tortilla grilled with cilantro, shrimp, spices, onion, tomatoes, and mushrooms. It is then topped with two-cheeses and another tortilla.
  • Deep Fried Chicken and Waffle- A boneless chicken breast dipped in waffle batter and deep fried dusted with powdered sugar and served on a stick with warm syrup and butter.


TieDyeKat on October 09, 2011:

Well, that was a bad post. Try this one out.

TieDyeKat on October 09, 2011:

Great list! We captured more than 60 items ourselves in our 10 hour visit the opening day of the fair. Check it out at

adree on August 07, 2010:

the dumbest food ever none of it makes sense sounds like people whpo had waaaaaaayyy to much time on their hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

KRC (author) from Central Texas on January 23, 2010:

You're not selling me on it, Rochelle. LOL I bet the line wouldn't be a long one compared to fried pies. Thanks for stopping by!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on January 23, 2010:

Our fair this year had fried artichoke hearts. Those might be to healthy for some people since it contains an actual vegetable. I heard they were really good. I'm thinking they must be a bit like Japanese tempura veggies.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on January 23, 2010:

Hey, cool, Austinstar! I'll have to check it out! A fried pie does sound pretty good!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on January 23, 2010:

You inspired me to write a suggestion hub for the 2010 State Fair called Fried Gravy! Go put in your two cents worth and vote for what those whacky guys should cook this year!

This hub makes me want to eat some fried pies. Think I will go and have one now! LOL

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 07, 2009:

I received an email today from someone who tried to locate the Fried Birthday Cake at the fair and couldn't find it. I have rechecked my sources and some of the menu items have changed since I wrote this hub. It appears that some vendors must have changed their minds about what to make after the fair began. I'll try to update this hub with the new food choices by listed an "UPDATE".

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 15, 2009:

Fried ice cream is pretty darn good, isn't it? I've had it a couple of times. Yeah, you have to forget about the calories and artery-clogging properties and just enjoy it every now and then, Dohn. LOL Glad you enjoyed the topic.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on September 15, 2009:

Wow. My girlfriend just the other day talked me into trying fried ice-cream just the other day and boy am I hooked. I'm not sure if I'll the other stuff, but I'm sure it's delicious, mal-nutritious, yet absolutely divine to taste...I'll ask my doctor if it's okay first, LOL. Thanks, KCC Big Country! You share some of the coolest topics!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 14, 2009:

LOL....crazy is the bi-product of all that deep-fried eatin'....LOL Thanks landthatilove!

landthatilove from ohio on September 14, 2009:

Fantastic! Wow a whole lot is going on there in Texas isn't there?

Ya'll are crazy!

Good work!

emievil from Philippines on September 14, 2009:

Thanks KCC. =)

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 13, 2009:

LOL...I hear you fortunerep! When I was reading this to my daughter, we had to stop and go make a batch of muffins.

It sounded pretty simple, emievil. There is a box cake mix that's called Funfetti. I'm assuming that's the one they mean. I would think you just make the cake as usual (without icing it), cut it into squares, dip it funnel cake batter (we sell that here in tall cylinder cans) and deep fry it. If you don't have a deep fryer, there are some lovely models above from Amazon. ;) Then drizzle some icing on it and call it done.

Mardi, that's a good ole southern gal for you! I'm telling you, we really do fry ANYTHING!

Thank you all for stopping by!

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on September 13, 2009:

Like Reba McIntire said " If it ain't fried it ain't food". LOL, great article KCC.

emievil from Philippines on September 13, 2009:

KCC, I'll settle for the recipe =). Maybe I can get somebody to imitate that here =).

Dori S Matte from Hillsborough on September 13, 2009:

gosh, now I am hungry,

thumbs up


KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 13, 2009:

Thanks alekhouse, from what I understand, he took Coke syrup and deep fried it (simllar to a filling in a donut).

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on September 13, 2009:

This is a really fun hub. I loved it! Fried coke???

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 13, 2009:

TOF, so glad to see you! I think the combination of chocolate and jalapeno would be awesome, I just don't think you'd want to eat more than one. I kinda like the idea of filling it with chocolate ice cream. Mexican Baked Alaska...that's cute.

Catherine: That is an interesting sounding item as well. I'm not a big syrup fan so I think I'll have to pass on it. :)

Emievil: The fried birthday cake has to be awesome, don't you think? Maybe I can ship you one. I bet kids go nuts for it at the fair.

Cindy! Good to see you too! I too have had fried ice cream years ago, it was pretty good. I think I'd have to skip the locust and cockroaches! I'll stick with the real BBQ chicken for that BBQ chicken taste. LOL

Thank you all for stopping by!

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on September 13, 2009:

Have to say in Thailand I had deep fried icecream, and my son tried the deep fried locust and cockroaches! He said they tasted just lke BBQ chicken!

emievil from Philippines on September 13, 2009:

Deep fried birthday cake? Hey KCC, my birthday is coming up next month. Is there any chance I can get that deep fried birthday cake delivered here? LOL seriously, very interesting fried foods, despite the fact that they're likely to play havoc on my blood pressure and cholesterol LOL.

Catherine R from Melbourne, Australia on September 13, 2009:

It reminds me of something they eat in South Africa called a koeksister - it is an Afrikaans treat. It is a deep fried doughnut (in a plait shape) which is then immediately plunged into syrup where it sits for a good long while so as to be able to totally absorb the syrup. It has got to be the most calorie laden unhealthy food on the planet. But goodness I would love one right now!

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on September 13, 2009:

Chocolate jalapeño? Now that's my kind of dessert. How 'bout filling with hard frozen chocolate ice-cream first and having Mexican Baked Alaska?



KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 12, 2009:

LOL....can you feel you're arteries hardening while you read about it? So very nice to see you BT!

B.T. Evilpants from Hell, MI on September 12, 2009:

Ooowee! Deep fried butter is a dream come true! Can I Get that with a side of chicken Fried bacon?

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