Fried bacon cinnamon rolls. Texas-fried cookie dough. Deep fried butter.
Why yes, we are talking about the one and only State Fair of Texas Big Tex Choice Awards, which has been naming the best foods (like those mentioned above) to be found at the fest ahead of its opening since 2005.
Two awards were given out on Sunday in the final round of the competition that originally drew 51 (mostly fried) entries.
The Best Tasting award went to “Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly,” a creation conceived by nine-time Big Tex Choice Awards finalist Christy Erpillo.
Wondering what a “carrot cake roly” is? This is how BigTex.com described the “roly” when it announced the winner:
“Golden-baked bread swirled with cinnamon has been flattened and filled with moist carrot cake, plump raisins and crunchy julienned carrots. Rolled with a light coating of cream cheese and then breaded in a mixture of panko, graham crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg.”
And yes, it’s deep fried.
Isaac Rousso took home the Most Creative Award with his Smoky Bacon Margarita:
“With just a hint of smoke, this creation still captures the zesty citrus flavor of a traditional margarita. Finished off with a pinch of bacon crumbles on top, this thirst-quenching drink is served in a collectible souvenir cup for an added funky flair.”
The other finalists included a Chicken fried lobster with champagne gravy, “Cowboy Corn Crunch,” deep fried alligator’s egg nest, fried beer-battered buffalo, the “Lone Star Pork Handle” and “Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso.”
Don’t worry about missing out on the competition because all of the creations just mentioned will be available to you at the State Fair of Texas, which runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 18.
Here is your sneak peek to all the fried goodies awaiting you in Dallas:
#Finalist 4: In a state known for its cowboy culture comes Cowboy Corn Crunch. A kickin' mixture of sweet corn, minced jalapeño, cream cheese, and a hint of smoky bacon. Fried until golden brown and served in a palm leaf cone, these tots are perfect for snacking around the fair grounds. See all eight finalists on the blog! [Link in Profile] @statefairoftx #bigtexchoiceawards #bigtex #cowboy #statefairoftx #fried
#Finalist 2: For the first time in #bigtexchoiceawards history, lobster is on the menu. Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy is an entire lobster tail, breaded, fried, and served with a rich lemon butter champagne gravy. I may have to call this an early favorite! See all eight finalists on the blog. [Link in Profile] #statefairoftx #sharethesft #lobster #fried #seafood @statefairoftx
#Finalist 7: Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso is just the right amount of spice. Shredded chicken is combined with cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, cilantro, and Sriracha sauce. It's then rolled into a ball, crusted with pretzel breading, and deep fried to golden perfection. See all eight finalists on the blog. [Link in Profile] @statefairoftx #bigtexchoiceawards #deepfried #statefairoftx #bigtex #sharethesft