25 Deep-Fried Foods From the Texas State Fair

For years, county fairs have been at the forefront of deep-frying science, splicing and creating mutant “foods” that are all at once monstrous and wondrous. The Texas State Fair — the largest state fair in the country — holds a yearly competition for the most innovative deep-fried foods. Here are 25 fried Frankenfoods from fairs past:

1. Bubblegum

Photo: CC Collin Harvey on Flickr

It's actually bubblegum-flavored marshmallows, battered and deep fried and sprinkled with Chicklets. Do you chew this? Eat it? Who knows, but you can buy it.

2. Butter

Photo: CC mgerskup on Flickr

Frozen balls of butter, battered and fried and served with four sauces. Because why not.

3. Beer

Photo: CC Stacy Huggins on Flickr

Nope, this isn’t beer battered. This is beer: battered and fried. The beer is poured into little ravioli pockets which burst with scalding suds upon first bite.

4. Peanut Butter Banana Cheeseburgers

Photo: FoodBeast

Elvis would probably make a special trip to Texas just to see this.

5. Coke

Photo: CC L. Richarz on Flickr

An enterprising chef found a way to deep fry soda without the 3rd degree burns.

6. Chicken Fried Bacon

Photo: CC ladybugbkt on Flickr

This is self-explanatory. And probably delicious.

7. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Photo: CC RosieTulips on Flickr

It's really just batter with some Jelly Belly jelly beans mixed in, like a fritter on a sugar high.

8. Cadbury Crème Eggs

Photo: CC goodiesfirst on Flickr

Easter doesn’t have nearly enough fried foods... until now.

9. Pizza

Photo: CC Siggi Churchill on Flickr

It's not just pizza ingredients inside a ball of dough. No. It's an actual slice of pizza, breaded and fried.

10. Kool-Aid

Photo: CC nineminutes on Flickr

With an extra sprinkle of Kool-Aid powder over the top instead of powdered sugar.

11. French Fry Coated Hot Dog

Photo: CC phil.lees on Flickr

See? It exists.

12. Pecan Pie

Photo: CC erichcpeters on Flickr

There's probably not a more delicious way to gain five pounds.

13. Lattes

Photo: CC Traveling Fools of America on Flickr

This one is a bit of a misnomer, it seems; the fried part is a sweet dough, which is topped with coffee-flavored ice cream, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

14. PB&J

Photo: CC bittermelon on Flickr

With a banana thrown in for good measure.

15. Salsa

Photo: thestir.com

Deep-fried condiments can't be a good thing, but according to some people, this is the best-tasting item at the fair. It's salsa mixed with masa, then rolled in crushed tortilla chips before frying.

16. Pop Tarts

Photo: CC RosieTulips on Flickr

It's hard to see, but there's a Pop Tart in there.

17. Margaritas

Photo: CC David Berkowitz on Flickr

Funnel cake batter made with margarita mixer, fried and soaked in more margarita, all served in a salt-rimmed glass.

18. Club Salad

Photo: New York Daily News

The thing about salad is that it’s good for you, usually. Not this time. This is a spinach wrap filled with ham, bacon, cheese, chicken, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and carrots, fried and served on a bed of lettuce.

19. S'mores

Photo: CC David Berkowitz on Flickr

It was only a matter of time.

20. Pumpkin Pie

Photo: CC Collin Harvey on Flickr

It's a pocket filled with pumpkin pie, rolled in cinnamon and ginger snaps, fried and served with whipped cream.

21. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Photo: CC Blazenhoff on Flickr

Each item is battered and fried individually, skewered and served with whipped cream and a cherry. The "upside-down" part is up to you.

22. Deep Fried Cheesecake

Photo: CC Stacey Huggins on Flickr

Cheesecake filling wrapped in a tortilla, fried.

23. Oreos

Photo: CC Jenn Larsen on Flickr

These are amazing, actually.

And this year's winners, announced this week:

24. Fried Jambalaya: Best Taste

Photo: David Woo for The Dallas Morning News

25. Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll: Most Creative

Photo: David Woo for The Dallas Morning News

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Recall Alert: Swiss Rolls And Bread Sold at Walmart and Food Lion Linked to Salmonella
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New items have been added to the list of foods being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. According to Fox Carolina, snack cakes and bread products produced by Flowers Foods, Inc. have been pulled from stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The baked goods company, based in Georgia, has reason to believe the whey powder it buys from a third-party supplier is tainted with salmonella. The ingredient is added to its Swiss rolls, which are sold under various brands, as well as its Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread. Popular chains that normally sell Flowers Foods products include Walmart and Food Lion.

The U.S. is in the middle of a salmonella outbreak. In June, Kellogg's recalled Honey Smacks due to contamination and the CDC is still urging consumers to avoid the brand. The cereal has sickened dozens of people since early March. So far, there have been no reported illnesses connected to the potential Flower Foods contamination.

You can find the full list of recalled items below. If you have one of these products in your kitchen, throw it out immediately or return it to the store where you bought it to be reimbursed.

  • Mrs. Freshley's Swiss Rolls
  • Mrs. Freshley's Swiss Rolls
  • Food Lion Swiss Rolls
  • Baker's Treat Swiss Rolls
  • Market Square Swiss Rolls
  • Great Value Swiss Rolls
  • Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread

[h/t Fox Carolina]

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The Annual Festivals That Draw the Most People in Every State
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Every state has that one big event each year that draws residents from across the region or even across the nation. Louisiana has Mardi Gras. Kentucky has the Kentucky Derby. South Dakota has Sturgis. Genfare, a company that provides fare collection technology for transit companies, recently tracked down the biggest event in each state, creating a rundown of the can't-miss events across the country.

As the graphic below explores, some states' biggest public events are national music and entertainment festivals, like Bonnaroo in Tennessee, SXSW in Texas, and Summerfest in Wisconsin—which holds the world record for largest music festival.

Others are standard public festival fare. Minnesota hosts 2 million people a year at the Minnesota State Fair (pictured above), the largest of its kind in the U.S. by attendance. Mardi Gras celebrations dominate the events calendar in Missouri, Alabama, and, of course, Louisiana. Oktoberfest and other beer festivals serve as the biggest gatherings in Ohio (home to the nation's largest Oktoberfest event), Oregon, Colorado, and Utah.

In some states, though, the largest annual gatherings are a bit more unique. Some 50,000 people each year head to Brattleboro, Vermont for the Strolling of the Heifers, a more docile spin on the Spanish Running of the Bulls. Montana's biggest event is Evel Knievel Days, an extreme sports festival in honor of the famous daredevil. And Washington's biggest event is Hoopfest, Spokane's annual three-on-three basketball tournament.

Mark your calendar. Next year could be the year you attend them all.

A graphic list with the 50 states pictured next to information about their biggest events
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