Fried Jell-O won best Taste at the State fair of Texas' huge Tex choice Awards ~ above Sunday.(G.J. McCarthy / employee Photographer)
In a food contest that has actually defied science with oddities such as fried beer, the State same of Texas" annual huge Tex choice Awards is taking a step earlier in time. Fried Jell-O, a simple dish that cherry Jell-O battered and also dipped in the fryer, then topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and a cherry, was named ideal Taste in ~ an awards consciousness Sunday at Dallas" fair Park.

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The Most an imaginative dish in ~ this year's State fair of Texas is concessionaire Isaac Rousso's cookie fries. Yep, those are cookies in the shape of french fries, served with chocolate or strawberry dipping sauce.

"I never ever thought a 10-cent bag that Jell-O would placed me in the spotlight," said Ruth Hauntz, who, in ~ 82 year old, is the second-oldest concessionaire in ~ the State same of Texas. It"s her an initial time winning a large Tex choice Award, though she has operated Ruth"s Tamale home at the fair since 1987.

A dashboard of 6 judges — five local celebrities and also one audience member — determined State fair Cookie Fries as most Creative. Serial concessionaire Isaac Rousso"s crinkle-cut desserts come in chocolate chip or sprinkles flavor and are served with strawberry or coco dipping sauce. Rousso is the guy behind award-winning dishes such as the fried Cuban roll and the smoky bacon margarita.


Hundreds that State fair of Texas superfans tasted every eight foods in a pre-State Fair event that price $100 and also benefits a Texas college scholarship program. Many of the judges were certain to skip lunch before gorging top top so plenty of rich dishes.


"I"m simply going to take my cap off and loosen my belt," joked Don Gay, a world-champion bull rider and also a judge at the event. He was joined on the judging dashboard by Deep Fried right blogger roof Lyn Ngo, Dallas chef Kent Rathbun, 97.1 The Eagle on-air personality Dan O"Malley, Dallas City board of directors member Tiffinni Young and audience member Jon Gonzalez.


The huge Tex choice Awards are one of today"s many well-known occasions at the 130-year-old State fair of Texas, also though the food contest is just 12 year new. If girlfriend can believe it, many of the lifespan of the State same of Texas go not encompass culinary oddities such together fried Coke, fried butter and also the well known fried bubblegum. In fact, the Fletcher household didn"t offer its an initial corny dog until 1942.

Back then, an initial corny dog cost 15 cents. Today, it prices $5 in coupons. Most other fried delicacies at the fair go for $5 to $10. Last year"s chicken-fried lobster v Champagne gravy price a record-breaking 60 coupons, or $30. Absurd? Concessionaire Abel Gonzales periodically sold out of the crispy crustaceans.


Although the State Fair has made headlines for its surprising foods, gift fried isn"t a requirement. The entrees don"t even have to it is in "food": In 2014, concessionaire Justin Martinez debuted funnel-cake ale and also won many Creative. The following year, Rousso"s smoky bacon margarita won the exact same award.

For few of the Texans who enter the huge Tex choice Awards, concocting State Fair foods is a year-round task, even though the State fair of Texas runs simply 24 days, native Sept. 30 come Oct. 23 this year in Dallas.


Clint Probst, who fried chicken and also dumplings to be a finalist, keeps a running list year-round of foodstuffs he"d like to go into into the large Tex an option Awards. One year, Probst offered a chuck 40,000 servings indigenous his booth. The State same is big business, that says.

For major fairgoers Anthony Vecchione and Lynette Page, tasting every eight is part of the State fair of Texas experience.

"She"s a indigenous Texan, I"m from new York, but I got here as rapid as ns could," Vecchione says. They have made that a heritage to sample all the new foods due to the fact that 2006.


Take it from this seasoned foodies: Gonzales" fried cookie dough, which is no a new item, remains the ideal concessions item in ~ the State same of Texas.

A look at the 2016 huge Tex selection Awards finalists:


Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia

What is it: a scooped-out pineapple filled v grilled chicken, shrimp, rice, salsa and also pineapple rum glaze

Deep-fried Bacon burgess Dog Slider ~ above a Stick

What is it: a skewer that fried hamburger, hot dog and bacon, topped with a fried pickle

Deep-fried pulled Pork Funyuns Dings

What is it: Funyuns, in addition to pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, pineapple and also bacon, battered and also deep fried

Fernie"s Down home Chicken Pot Pie Pocket with Mac "n Cheese Dip

What is it: a pot pie, deep fried, offered with a spicy cheddar sauce motivated by mac and cheese

Fried Jell-O — ideal Taste

What is it: fried cherry Jell-O topped through powdered sugar, whipped cream and a cherry

Injectable good Balls of BBQ

What is it: shredded brisket and barbecue sauce, rolled right into balls and fried, served atop coleslaw. A syringe full of barbecue sauce allows you add much more sauce if desired.

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Southern Fried Chicken and also Dumplins

What is it: shredded chicken, dough and also gravy rolled right into balls and fried, served with biscuit bites and also gravy

State same Cookie Fries — most Creative

What is it: cookies shaped like fries and deep fried, easily accessible in two flavors: cacao chip or sprinkles. Each is served with strawberry or cacao sauce.
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1/20Brent Reaves (second native left) and also family react after he and his team winner "Best Taste" because that the Fried Jell-O throughout the 2016 large Tex an option Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State same of Texas, establish the ideal fried foods gotten in into factor to consider for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


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2/20A fan consumes a tray complete of entries during the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, held ahead the the State fair of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods gone into into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


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3/20Fried Cookie Fries, which won "Most Creative" throughout the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State fair of Texas, recognizes the finest fried foods gotten in into factor to consider for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


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4/20Isaac Rousso (far right) speaks to media after winning "Most Creative" throughout the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, held ahead that the State fair of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods entered into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


5/20Fried Jell-O, which winner "Best Taste" throughout the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State same of Texas, establish the finest fried foods gone into into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


6/20Ruth Hauntz tears up together she grasps her trophy because that "Best Taste" throughout the 2016 big Tex selection Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, organized ahead the the State same of Texas, recognizes the finest fried foods gotten in into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


7/20(From left) Isaac Rousso, his wife Lily Rousso and also their daughter, Sara Rousso, react after they won "Most Creative" for their Fried Cookie Fries throughout the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, hosted ahead that the State same of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods gone into into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


8/20(From left) Ruth Hauntz, Brent Reaves and also his brother, Juan Reaves, react after winning "Best Taste" because that the Fried Jell-O during the 2016 big Tex selection Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, hosted ahead that the State fair of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods gotten in into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


9/20Contestants anxiously await results throughout the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead the the State fair of Texas, establish the finest fried foods gone into into factor to consider for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


10/20Piles of consumed entries lied on a table alongside judge Don Gay, a skilled bull rider, throughout the 2016 big Tex an option Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, organized ahead that the State fair of Texas, establish the best fried foods gone into into factor to consider for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


11/20Camryn Sternes (right) hugs her mother, Tiffany Sternes, throughout the 2016 big Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, organized ahead that the State same of Texas, establish the ideal fried foods entered into consideration for sale at the fair. The elder Sternes' mother, Ruth Hauntz and also her team winner "Best Taste" for your Fried Jell-O. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


12/20People wait in line for their turn to tries entries during the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, hosted ahead that the State fair of Texas, establish the finest fried foods gone into into factor to consider for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


13/20Felecia Mitchem dead Caribbean pineapple korn-a-copia come the judges' table during the 2016 huge Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, held ahead the the State same of Texas, establish the finest fried foods gotten in into factor to consider for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


14/20Fried Jell-O cooks in a frier during the 2016 big Tex selection Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, organized ahead the the State fair of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods entered into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


15/20Chef Kent Rathbun tastes entries together he judges the 2016 huge Tex selection Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead that the State same of Texas, establish the finest fried foods gotten in into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


16/20Injectable good balls that BBQ sit under warm lamps throughout the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 in ~ Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, hosted ahead of the State same of Texas, recognizes the finest fried foods entered into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


17/20Oliver Williams (center) grills chicken together he and his team work on their entry of Caribbean pineapple korn-a-copia during the 2016 large Tex an option Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, organized ahead of the State fair of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods gotten in into factor to consider for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


18/20A guy in a chicken suit dances as rivals prepare your entries during the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, respectable 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, organized ahead that the State fair of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods gotten in into consideration for revenue at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


19/20Isaac Rousso (right) and also Jacob Hunter take a look at freshly fried Cookie Fries before sending them the end to judges throughout the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The yearly event, held ahead that the State same of Texas, recognizes the ideal fried foods gotten in into factor to consider for sale at the fair. Rousso and also his team won "Most Creative" for their entry.(G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


20/20Clinton Probst tosses dumpling pieces in bread crumbs together he prepares his southern fried Chicken & Dumplin's during the 2016 huge Tex choice Awards Sunday, august 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, organized ahead that the State fair of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods gotten in into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)(Staff Photographer)


Sarah Blaskovich, senior food reporter. Sarah writes around restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. Follow