For our first visit to the Fair – Have a look at this link: Texas State Fair
Food food food… A visit to the Texas State Fair is definitely not a day to be counting calories!! From the moment we stepped into the Fair grounds, we were surrounded by food (mostly fried) in every direction!
Here is what we ate at the Fair – Fried and non-fried:
In true Texas tradition, we had to have a Corn Dog before trying anything else!
Since the invention of the Fletcher’s Corny Dog, fairgoers have often ranked food as one of the top reasons for attending the annual State Fair of Texas. In 2005, Fair organisers – determined to take the association with food to a new level – organised the first annual Big Tex Choice Awards contest. The contest is considered a friendly food fight among Fair concessionaires. New entries to the Fair each year, must be unique and taste-tempting if they want to win an award and allowed to be sold at the Fair.
Hmmm… Delicious! We loved our Corn Dogs!
Corny Dogs have been sold at the State Fair of Texas since 1942. Approximately half a million corny dogs are sold during the State Fair each year!
Now this was an alligator to be VIEWED, however there was fried alligator on sale too
(for almost $10 a portion). We have both tried alligator before, so we skipped that one.
Inside one of the (air-conditioned) halls we tried some sauces, dips and soups.
Spicy chicken soup.
Delicious Chili Mix.
Cheesy taco soup.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
(The container looks gross, but that’s just the messy spinach)
Interesting, and very tasty!
Fudge fudge fudge… yummy!
Chocolate covered Almonds
Fortunately for us, they were handing out 5-hour energy drinks.
We needed the extra oomph after all the bad food we were consuming!
Chicken Fried Bacon
This consist of bacon strips dipped in batter and deep fried, like chicken fried steak. It is an American dish that was introduced in Texas in the early 1990’s.
Yup…. More corn dogs!!!
This time we tried the Fletcher’s Corn Dog with Jalapeño and Cheese.
Tasty – but all that rich cheesiness made eating a whole one rather difficult. This might be due to all the others food we were consuming as well. Our verdict is that the original is perfect just the way that it is.
Chocolate covered fruits and ice creams.
Caramel nut apples.
Look at those options!! Every stall had different choices so this was not even all of it.
Photo: CC mgerskup on Flickr
Deep Fried Butter ~ That’s right! This artery-clogging dish is among the deep-fried concoctions at the Texas State Fair. To make fried butter, the butter itself needs to have an outer coating, or shell – something that can withstand the hot oil of the deep frier. To do that, one would take 100 percent pure butter, whip it until it is lightly fluffy, freeze it, and then surround it with dough. The butter-laden dough balls are then dropped into a deep frier. I have to admit, even though I wasn’t counting calories while at the fair ~ This didn’t sound very appealing to me.
Chili cheese fries.
Nom nom nom…
The fried food creators at the fair must be getting desperate for new fried foods! Fried beer, deep-fried Twinkies and fried lemonade have been out for years, but now deep-fried kool-Aid balls make previous creations seem ordinary, not because this recipe is special but because it sounds so odd!
On our first visit to the fair, one of our friends got this for everyone to try. They were not gross, but they certainly weren’t worth trying again.
Giant buttery Pretzel
This pretzel was great after we dusted some of that salt off!!!
Yup ~ I had been eyeing those chocolate and nut covered ice cream bars!
We decided to choose one of these to try…
Which one did we pick??
The Deep fried Jambalaya!!!
This year’s winner of “best taste”
This jambalaya is created using shrimp, cajun sausage and seasonings, then coated in lightly seasoned flour, and fried to golden perfection. Over the top was a spicy ranch sauce.
Fried Mexican Fire Crackers
A 2012 FINALIST – These are a yummy, spicy chicken, cheese and jalapeño mix wrapped in fresh-made masa dough and deep fried to a crispy, crunchy, explosion of flavour. Served with a fiery TNT sauce.
Yum yum… I look like a squirrel. Maybe because there was no more space in my belly!!
This is another State Fair tradition since the 80’s. It is simply batter that has been deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar, with the added options of fruit, whipped cream, or chocolate as toppings.
(FYI – Just the plain funnel cake is about 800 calories… luckily I wasn’t counting)
Buttery Corn on the Cob
Jack’s French Fries
These are Samoa Girl Scout Cookies ~ They are the second most popular type.
When I heard what they were made of I was sold… Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes. These Samoas were served deep-fried at the Texas State Fair this year to help celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.
THIS WAS A WINNER!!! ~ Amazing!!!
(Justin is not a fan of coconut so he didn’t agree but I nearly fell over when I tried these)
Of course, we only tried a small portion of the massive amount of fried foods available at the fair.
Here is a list of some of the foods:
Fried Ice Cream, Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich, Fried Coke, Deep fried Latte, Fried cookie dough, Fried Banana Split, Deep fried Peaches and cream, Fried Beer, Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll, Fried Bubblegum, Fried Mac and Cheese, Fried S’mores, Fried Chocolate Truffles, Fried Chocolate, Fried lemonade…. and the list goes on and on!!
Photo: CC Collin Harvey on Flickr
For a link to 25 Deep- Fried Foods from the Texas State Fair, click here.
It’s not hard to see why the Texas State Fair is also know as the
FRIED FOOD CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!
Thank goodness the Fair only takes place once a year!! 😉