DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The State Fair of Texas always brings out some of the most inventive and delicious foods. Past dishes – like Fried Butter and Fried Beer – even garnered national attention. So, with the fair fast approaching, a new list of tasty treats are ready to get your tummy rumbling.
The Big Tex Choice Awards, to be held this coming Labor Day, showcases the best of the new batch of foods. Judges will pick winners for Best Taste and Most Creative from a list which was narrowed down to eight finalists earlier in the month.
Below are descriptions of the yummy finalists, provided by fair officials. Win or lose, all foods will be available at the State Fair of Texas when the event kicks off on September 30 at Fair Park in Dallas. (Click here for more information about the fair.)
Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack: A buffalo chicken strip is coated in flapjack batter, rolled in jalapeno bread crumbs, fried to a golden brown, skewed and served with a side of syrup.
Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake: Fresh and sweet pineapple rings are delicately dipped in cake batter, fried and coated with a caramel, sugar and cinnamon glaze, with a cherry on top.
Deep Fried Texas Salsa: The spicy medley of jalapenos, roasted garlic, onion, tomato and pepper is rolled together, dipped in masa and covered in crunchy tortilla chips. Then, into the fryer and served with warm, creamy queso.
El Bananarito: A deep fried banana is rolled in a flour tortilla, topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, a dusting of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Top it off with your choice of hot caramel or chocolate syrup.
Fried Autumn Pie: A puff pastry is infused with a combination of pumpkin, cream cheese, powdered sugar and fall spices. The treat is then fried and rolled in ginger, cinnamon and sugar.
Fried Bubblegum: A light bubblegum-flavored marshmallow is dipped in batter and fried, then decorated with a swirl of icing and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Hans' Kraut Ball: Browned pork sausage, onion, garlic, a zing of sauerkraut, mustard and seasonings are rolled into a ball and covered with seasoned bread crumbs. Then the ball is fried and served with a choice of spicy mustard, raspberry chipotle or ranch.
Walking Taco: Seasoned hamburger meat, lettuce, onion, tomato, sour cream, salsa and grated cheese are mixed and served in a nacho cheese Doritos bag.