For years, county fairs have been at the forefront of deep-frying science, splicing and creating mutant “foods” that are all at once monstrous and wondrous. The Texas State Fair—the largest state fair in the country—holds a yearly competition for the most innovative deep-fried foods. Here are 25 fried Frankenfoods from fairs past.
It's actually bubblegum-flavored marshmallows, battered and deep-fried and sprinkled with Chicklets. Do you chew this? Eat it? Who knows, but you can buy it.
Frozen balls of butter, battered and fried and served with sauce. Because why not.
Nope, this isn’t beer-battered. This is beer: battered and fried. The beer is poured into little ravioli pockets which burst with scalding suds upon first bite.
4. Peanut Butter Banana Cheeseburgers
Elvis would've probably made a special trip to Texas just to sample this.
An enterprising chef found a way to deep-fry soda without the third-degree burns.
6. Chicken Fried Bacon
This is self-explanatory. And probably delicious.
7. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
It's really just batter with some Jelly Belly jelly beans mixed in, like a fritter on a sugar high.
8. Cadbury Crème Eggs
Easter doesn’t have nearly enough fried foods... until now.
It's not just pizza ingredients inside a ball of dough. No. It's an actual slice of pizza, breaded and fried.
The bright pink ones are cherry-flavored; the darker ones are grape.
11. French Fry-Coated Hot Dog
Not only do fry-coated hot dogs actually exist—they're not too hard to make at home.
12. Pecan Pie
There's probably not a more delicious way to gain five pounds.
This one is a bit of a misnomer, it seems; the fried part is a sweet dough, which is topped with coffee-flavored ice cream, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
There's almost no chance that this tastes bad.
Deep-fried condiments can't be a good thing, but according to some people, this is the best-tasting item at the fair. It's salsa mixed with masa, then rolled in crushed tortilla chips before frying.
Toasted Pop-Tarts are good. Deep-fried Pop-Tarts are better.
Funnel cake batter made with margarita mixer, fried and soaked in more margarita, all served in a salt-rimmed glass.
18. Club Salad
The thing about salad is that it’s good for you, usually. Not Fernie's Fried Club Salad—a spinach wrap filled with ham, bacon, cheese, chicken, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and carrots, fried and served on a bed of lettuce.
It was only a matter of time.
20. Pumpkin Pie
It's a pocket filled with pumpkin pie, rolled in cinnamon and ginger snaps, fried and served with whipped cream.
21. Potato Salad
Think regular potato salad is a little too moist for your taste? Encasing it in a crunchy shell solves that problem.
Cheesecake filling wrapped in a tortilla, fried.
These are amazing, actually.
No chips needed for this deep-fried guacamole.
25. Frito Pie
Frito pie eaten right from the Fritos bag can get a little messy—these bites are a little more manageable.