Here are A Dozen Edible Reasons To Visit the State Fair of Texas

Deep-fried Froot Loops at the State Fair of Texas | © Jason Hays
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Updated: 6 October 2017
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Only in Texas will you find deep-fried Froot Loops, a funnel-cake burger, or deep-fried chicken soup on a stick.

The massive gathering known as the State Fair of Texas opened in Dallas this past weekend; it runs through October 22. More than two million people are expected to attend this year, and if you’ll be one of them, you’ll find a whole lot of foods there that you almost certainly won’t ever see anywhere else—and most of them are deep-fried.

Vendors have the opportunity to enter their new food offerings into a contest to choose the tastiest and most creative foods at the fair. We’ve rounded up a dozen of our favorite finalists and semifinalists. Yee-haw!

Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick

Created by Sherry & Chris Howard

The flavors of chicken noodle soup, fried and served on a stick. They’re accompanied by a broth sauce for dipping, plus a side of crackers.

Deep-fried chicken soup on a stick, at the State Fair of Texas
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Deep Fried Froot Loops

Created by Gracie & Milton Whitley

The classic cereal is surrounded by whipped marshmallow, battered and fried, and topped with powdered sugar. Pretty sweet!

Deep-fried Froot Loops at the State Fair of Texas
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Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

Created by Tom Grace & Edna Sutton

The winner of the awards for both Most Creative and Best Taste: Savory, this burger features buns made of funnel cakes, with a beef patty, bacon, and creamy queso.

Funnel cake bacon queso burger, at the State Fair of Texas
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Gulf Coast Fish Bowl

Created by Clint Probst

This quaffable aquarium is filled with Nerds candy and Swedish Fish swimming in a Blue Curacao-based boozy drink, and capped with a pineapple slice. It was crowned winner of the Best Taste: Sweet category.

Gulf Coast fish bowl at the State Fair of Texas
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Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat

Created by Melissa & David Harrison

A baked potato is stuffed with lobster and grilled steak, and topped with cheddar and romano cheeses. A single lobster claw tops off this treat.

Surfin’ turfin’ tator boat at the State Fair of Texas
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Pinot Noir Popcorn

Created by The Parish Family

Kettle Corn is dusted with a pinot noir wine-flavored powder, and mixed with cheddar cheese-flavored popcorn for a savory flavor pairing.

Pinot noir popcorn at the State Fair of Texas
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Fernie’s Fried Texas Sheet Cake

Created by Winter Family Concessions

Not your average brownie, this chocolate cake is covered in ground Cocoa Puffs, panko, and cinnamon sugar, and then fried and glazed with a Dr. Pepper-based icing and served with pecans, whipped cream, and a rose-shaped strawberry.

Fernies fried Texas sheet cake at the State Fair of Texas
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The Tamale Donut

Created by Justin Martinez

Slow-cooked pork carnitas blended with masa and hand-shaped into a donut form, fried until crispy on the outside, and finished with jalapeño salsa.

Tamale donut at the State Fair of Texas
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Fat Smooth

Created by Tami Nevins-Mayes

Three mini cream puffs, coated in a Café Du Monde beignet batter and fried, then drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces.

Fat smooth at the State Fair of Texas
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Texas Fajita Fries

Created by Nick Bert

Breaded and deep-fried beef fajita strips are seasoned with a Sriracha spice mix and served in a bread cone, on a bed of fried onions and jalapeños, with sides of guacamole-sour cream hot sauce and pico de gallo.

Texas fajita fries at the State Fair of Texas
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Oreo Beer

Created by Barrera’s

We don’t actually have further details on this one, so let’s all use our imaginations as to what exactly this is. Oreo-infused stout? Beer actually brewed with Oreos? We’re so confused…and intrigued.

Oreo beer at the State Fair of Texas
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Beer-Battered Beef Jerky

Created by Crazy Otto’s

The name pretty much says it all. Beef jerky, beer-battered and fried.

Beer-battered beef jerky at the State Fair of Texas
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