State fairs and festivals all over our great country are known for offering just about every food you can think of on a stick.
And if you like things battered and deep fried, you've definitely come to the right place.
I am always amazed at what you find to eat at fairs and festivals. But when I read this article, I almost fell out of my chair. These fried food fanatics just keep upping the ante.
The first food on a stick came about in 1942, when the Fletcher Brothers invented the corn dog. My how things have changed!
Following are the eight items vying for Monday’s fourth annual Big Tex Choice Awards, when the best new foods of the upcoming State Fair of Texas are judged.
(1.) Maybe it will be a cook who whips up something sweet, like the Fried Banana Split or (2.) Texas Fried Jelly Bellys or (3.) Fire & Ice, a deep-fried pineapple ring. Or something chocolate, like the (4.) Fried Chocolate Truffles or (5.) Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls or (6.) Deep Fried S’mores. Then again, it could be something savory, like (7.) Chicken Fried Bacon or (8.) Fernie’s All-American Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
All eyes will likely be on Abel Gonzales Jr., who created Fire & Ice. He’s the reigning fried food champ, having won three previous Big Tex awards for his Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Coke and Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich, a tribute to Elvis Presley.
He hopes his latest creation is a winner.
“It would be great,” Mr. Gonzales said Wednesday. “I’m not going to lie and say, ‘Oh, I don’t really care.’ Of course I care. ... Whoever tries it, I hope they like it. If it’s a hit, whoa, that’s even better.”
Mr. Gonzales’ deep-fried pineapple — the fire — is topped with banana-flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen — the ice. The concoction is then covered with syrupy strawberries. (Check out the video of Gonzales making Fire & Ice here.)
It’s safe to eat, and Mr. Gonzales said kids will enjoy a fun side effect: After placing the frozen whipped cream in your mouth, you can blow smoke out of your nose and mouth when you exhale. It’s half tasty treat, half science experiment.
Gonzales will be selling Fire & Ice at this year’s fair, along with its fried friends — cookie dough, coke, and peanut butter-jelly-and-banana sandwich.
The State Fair of Texas starts Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 19. Attendance figures for the fair aren't released, but officials reported selling $29 million in food coupons last year.
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