Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fried Food Adventure at the State Fair of Texas

Even though it is close to where I live I had never been to the State Fair of Texas until this year. I have always wanted to go and try the different fried foods. So I finally made it out there this year and I was not disappointed. Here were the fried food highlights of 2011:

Fried Salsa - (My Rating: 8.0 out of 10)

This was a surprisingly good concoction that I could easily see on any Mexican fast-food menu. It is made with crushed tortilla chips and served with queso. The salsa flavor was not overpowering or hot. This was my personal favorite at the the fair this year.

Funnel Cake Fries - (My Rating: 7.5 out of 10)

There's not much to explain here. Simply funnel cake in fry form. These were crispy and sweet and really hit the spot.

Fried Beer - (My Rating: 1.0 out of 10)

Absolutely awful! These are breaded pockets filled with warm beer. They are served with a side of queso. If you want the same effect at home take a warm beer and dip bread into it. Yuck!

Fried Bubblegum - (My Rating: 4.5 out of 10)

I was looking forward to this fried item the most, but I was really disappointed. These are fried bubblegum flavored marshmallows served with cake icing and Chiclets. I think they are worth trying because they are so unique, but this isn't something that you'll be craving once you've had it. 

Fletcher's Corny Dog - (My Rating: 7.0 out of 10)

Everyone told me, "You must try the corndogs at the fair!" So I made it a point to seek out the Fletcher's Corny Dog booth. Fletcher's invented the corn dog in the 1940s, so I was excited to have a taste. I have to say I was a little disappointed though. The hot dog part was very smokey and flavorful, but the cornmeal was pretty tasteless. I was also expecting it to be crispy, but instead it was soft. Overall I thought it was a pretty average tasting corn dog.