Next week, David and I are going to our first-ever state fair. That's right, we'll be taking in the Texas State Fair in all its glory, complete with the however-many-feet-high mascot, Big Tex. There's an agricultural fair, a garden, a midway - I could not be more excited about this.
Most of all, there's food. Specifically, food of the fried variety. The Fair is famous for having a new fried concoction every year. Legend has it that last year's treat was deep fried Coke. This year, it's chicken-fried bacon. (For those of you who don't speak Texas yet, that's not bacon and chicken or chicken wrapped in bacon, or bacon fried by a coward. It's bacon that's been battered and deep fried. Consequently, I've also heard of such delicacies as chicken-fried steak, chicken-fried Mars bars, and...chicken-fried chicken).
I am very much looking forward to sampling some of the deep-fried treats. However, since my heart and stomach can only take so much, I'd like you to vote for what I should try from the following list. (These were my favourites, but if you'd like to see the full list be my guest!)
Chicken Fried Bacon – Thick and peppery Farm Pac® bacon is seasoned, double-dipped in a special batter and breading and deep-fried. Served with a creamy side of ranch or honey mustard sauce. Winner of Best Taste in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.
Fried Banana Split – A mixture of banana and honey peanut butter is rolled in balls, battered and deep-fried and topped with assorted, delicious fixings, including powdered sugar, caramel and chocolate syrups, chopped peanuts, whipped cream and banana split flavored ice cream bites then fittingly crowned with the traditional cherry. Served at the Auto Grill inside the Automobile Building. Winner of Most Creative in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.
Fernie’s All-American Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich – An American classic with a State Fair twist. Two slices of white bread filled with a blend of American and cheddar cheeses, dipped in an egg and milk batter and lightly coated with panko bread crumbs for extra crispness. Served with a side of shoestring potato sticks, a pickle spear and tomato soup dipping sauce. The All American Meal! Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.
Texas Fried Jelly Belly Beans – Jelly Belly Beans are rolled in funnel cake batter and fried to a crunch. People can share the treat with friends and try to guess the flavors before biting down. Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.
Fire & Ice – A pineapple ring is battered and deep-fried, then topped with banana-flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen. The smoking concoction is ladled with strawberries and syrup. Fire & Ice is served by Abel Gonzales at the family-run stand on Nimitz Drive. Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.
Fried Pop Rocks Fundae Blast - Ignite your senses with this explosion of Tastes. Fried Ice Cream covered in Hershey’s Syrup and Pop Rocks. Your fuse is a Twizzler rolled in Pop Rocks. While you disarm it, you’ll find an Atomic Fireball inside . . .“Fire in the Bowl”!
Crispy Fried Cantaloupe Pie – Diced cantaloupe seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon and coconut milk, rolled in a flaky pie pastry, and then deep fried. Topped with powdered sugar and whip cream.
P.S. I was going to put a picture of a deep-fried Mars bar with this post, but... it was too ugly. I couldn't do it.