Ultimate Guide to Fried Food at the Texas State Fair

October 01, 2013

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Fried Food at Texas State Fair
Welcome to the Fried Food Capital of Texas. The Texas State Fair runs from September 27 to October 20. Forget carnival games and amusement rides, I’m here for two words: fried foods. Move aside corny dogs and fried Twinkies, I’m talking fried bacon cinnamon rolls, guacamole, margaritas, beer, and butter. This is the ultimate guide to all things fried and more gotta-taste-to-believe-it delicacies at the Texas State Fair.

Ultimate Guide to Fried Food at the Texas State Fair

1. Fried bubblegum

Bubblegum-flavored marshmallows, battered, deep fried and then sprinkled with Chicklets. Chew it? Eat it? Who knows. Photo credit: Collin Harvey


2. Fried guacamole.

These zesty fried guacamole bites were a finalist for a Big Tex Choice award. Mixture of avocado, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and salsa, served with ranch dressing or salsa.

Fried bubblegum, Texas State Fair

3. Fried beer

Holy conglomeration of fried food and beer made its debut at the Texas State Fair in 2010. The beer is poured into a pretzel dough pocket and deed fried so it’s still alcoholic.


4. Fried margarita.

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


5. Fried Pumpkin Pie

Now here’s a Thanksgiving favorite. Pumpkin pie rolled in cinnamon and ginger snaps, fried and served with whipped cream.

Fried pumpkin pie, Texas State Fair

6. Fried Chicken Fried Bacon

When you’re in a state that lives to chicken-fry things, and when you have easy access to a little smoked meat that makes everything better, it’s only a matter of time before the two collide in a perfect storm of deliciousness and artery clogging. And so it was at the State Fair of Texas, where chicken-fried bacon scored the Best Taste award upon its debut there in 2008.

Fried chicken fried bacon

7. French fry coated hot dog

For those of you who yearn for hot dog at the state fair.

french fry coated hot dog

8. Fried Coke

Nothing like taking a crisp, refreshing soda and making it an edible creation.

fried coke

9. Fried Kool-aid

Kool-aid infused funnel cake with an extra sprinkle of Kool-aid powder instead of powdered sugar.

fried kool aid

10. Fried salad

We all need some veggies. How about a spinach wrap filled with ham, bacon, cheese, chicken, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and carrots? Fried and served over a bed of lettuce.

Fried salad

11. Chocolate-Covered PBJ

Almost identical to a Twix Peanut Butter candy bar

Chocolate-Covered PBJ

12. Texas Fried Jelly Beans

Jelly Bellys rolled in funnel cake batter and fried.

deep fried jelly beans

13. Fire & Ice

Pineapple ring, batter and deep fried, topped with banana flavored whipped cream that has been frozen in liquid nitrogen so it smokes.

Fire & ice, Texas state fair

14. Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Deliciously fresh cinnamon roll dipped in a special sweet pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a main course and a dessert all in one.

Fried bacon cinnamon roll

15. Fried Picnic on a stick

Pieces of delicious spicy fried chicken alternate tater tots and slices of dill pickle. Repeated THREE times on a stick then dipped in batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried until golden brown, this picnic wouldn’t be complete without its choice of BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard.

Picnic on a stick

16. Fried butter

Since butter is something already used to fry things, we can only consider this the ultimate fat-ception. America out America’s itself with this one in 2009. An entire stick of butter on a stick dipped into a cinnamon-honey batter and then deep-fried to perfection.

Fried butter


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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.