WRAL.com at the State Fair

The fry's the limit

Posted October 3, 2010 12:19 a.m. EDT

Since 2005, the State Fair of Texas has had the "Big Tex Choice Awards." These serve to award unique and tasty food creations that are new to the Fair. Some of these we end up getting in North Carolina (Deep Fried Butter, Deep Fried Coke) and some we don't (Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream.) This year the winners were Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie (for best taste) and Fried Beer (for most creative.)

The Fried Beer got a lot of attention from various news outlets, so you might have heard of it. I doubt we'll see it in North Carolina -- the person who invented it has applied for a patent and is keeping the production process a secret. (Apparently his early efforts kept exploding.) While the Fried Beer did get a lot of publicity, however you may not have heard of some of the other entries for this year's Big Tex Choice Awards.

There's Abel Gonzales Jr. and his Deep-Fried Chocolate. According to this interview, he only works three weeks a year at the State Fair of Texas. In the same interview he describes his new deep-fried creation as "like a brownie that's stuffed with white chocolate, maraschino cherries and pecans and we dump that whole thing into a chocolate cake batter and deep fry it." You may also remember him as the guy who won last year for Deep-Fried Butter.

Feeling faux-healthy? Check out this video clip to learn more about Fernie's Fried Club Salad, a spinach wrap filled with salad fixings and then deep-fried and served with deep-fried croutons. On a stick.

For my personal "It just sounds like you'd eat it at the Fair" award, there's the Deep Fried S'mores Pop-Tart, a Pop-Tart lightly battered, fried, then covered with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

When I first read about the Fried Lemonade, I was not impressed. But the more I heard about it, the more I realized it actually sounded pretty good! Check out this brief video for a quick look at the Fried Lemonade (and the Fried Beer, for that matter.)

I did not see any of these delicacies at the Dixie Classic Fair. But I did see a bunch of other food! More about that tomorrow.