The State Fair of Texas has come and gone (it ended late-October), but its legacy remains. We are still full from the fried cookie dough, fried brisket pie, fried chicken skin, fried bubble gum, and more fried foodstuffs and drinks (hello again fried Coke).
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Hundreds of thousands of people will be converging at the Texas State Fair this month. Many will seek out the winner of the "Most Creative" title of the Big Tex Choice Awards: Fried Bubblegum. Our warning: don't be that guy. You will regret it.
The Texas State Fair runs from September 30 to October 23. Sure there are funnel cakes and corn dogs, but this mega fair has far more to offer. We were there when the gates opened at 10 a.m. on opening day and over the next 10 hours, got into just about every nook and cranny, sampling any and every food we could find. Here are the 25 favorites, a good number of which are deep-fried, ball-shaped, or both (kraut balls, fried meatballs, Kool-Aid balls).