Wednesday, August 25, 2010 , Updated 10:05 a.m., September 6, 2010
State Fair of Texas announces 2010 Sixth Annual Big Tex Choice fried food awards
DALLAS Get set for the Sixth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards as 2010 State Fair of Texas vendors vie for Best Taste & Most Creative. Earlier this month, participants submitted recipes; the field has now been narrowed to eight. FYI: Two of the entries require IDs. Purchasers must be 21.
The final round is on Labor Day when a panel of three judges will pick the winners. This event is not open to the general public; media only.
The finalists for the 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards are:
Deep Fried S’mores Pop•Tart®
Deep Fried Frozen Margarita
Fernie’s Fried Club Salad
Texas Fried Caviar
Fried Beer™ Texas
Fried Frito® Pie
Big Tex Choice Awards finalists
Deep Fried S’mores Pop•Tart – Pop•Tart with a sensational chocolate, peanut butter, s’mores flavor is lightly battered and deep fried. Hot out of the fryer, the sinfully diet-busting treat is drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream.
Deep Fried Frozen Margarita - Sweet and creamy funnel cake batter is deliciously coupled with margarita ingredients. Fried, dusted with a tangy lemon/lime mixture and lightly spritzed with south of the border flavor, it’s served in a salt rimmed glass. 21 and over, ID required.
Fernie’s Fried Club Salad – Super colossal 12” spinach wrap surrounds generous layers of juicy diced ham & chicken, shredded iceberg, crunchy carrot strips, ripe cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar and hickory smoked bacon. Deep fried until lightly crispy; topped with deep-fried sour dough croutons on a stick and served on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce. Choice of creamy Ranch, Thousand Island, or Caesar dressing.
Fried Beer - Beer-filled pretzel pocket is deep-fried to a golden brown. One bite and the escaping beer serves as a dipping sauce. 21 and over, ID required.
Fried Chocolate – A white chocolate mini candy bar + a cherry are stuffed into a mouth-watering brownie, dipped into delicious chocolate cake batter and deep fried to perfection. The finished product has a warm just-out-of-the-oven taste! Topped with powdered sugar and a rich cherry sauce and served with chocolate flavored whip cream.
Fried Lemonade – Lemon flavored pastry is made from Country Time® lemonade. First baked, then fried, this taste tempting treat is glazed with a mix of lemonade, powdered sugar, and lemon zest.
Texas Fried Caviar – Texas version of a southern good luck staple. Black-eyed peas are fried and laced with special spices blended with Old Bay® Seasoning and are available in regular or spicy. Find them in Cotton Bowl Plaza (next to Cotton Bowl steps), inside the Auto Building, near Big Tex, and on the Thrillway.
Texas Fried Frito Pie – A generous portion of savory Texas born chili accented with a hint of sharp cheddar encased in everybody’s favorite corn chip. Lightly battered and fried to a golden brown perfection. With its smooth medley of hot, meaty, crunchy, salty, cheesy, oozing goodness, “Texas Fried Frito Pie” transports you back to the golden age of Fair Food.
UPDATE: And the winner was Fried Frito Pie. Best Beer got "most creative".
Source: State Fair of Texas
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