Leave it to Texas to take the whole fried food thing way over the top. At the state’s annual fair, the Big Tex Choice Awards had amateur fry chefs dropping everything from bubble gum to salsa into vats of boiling oil.
About that bubble gum first, though: There isn’t actually any gum in the treat. It’s actually, according to “Today,” a bubblegum-flavored marshmallow ball dipped in batter, fried, then topped with icing. It topped some other serious contenders — including deep-fried salsa, deep-fried pineapple upside-down cake and fried tacos — to take honors as the most creative entry.
The contest’s big winner, though, was deep-fried buffalo chicken in a flapjack which took home honors as the tastiest entry. It is, as one would imagine, a “buffalo chicken strip coated in pancake batter, rolled in jalapeno breadcrumbs, deep fried and served with a side of syrup.”
And we thought deep-fried Kool-Aid was bad. What will it be next?