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This New Fried Treat Just Won ‘Best Tasting’ at the State Fair of Texas

Move over fried beer, fried bubblegum and fried butter. There’s a new king of “weird fried stuff” in town, and it’s this year’s State Fair of Texas “best tasting” winner: fried Jell-O.

The treat consists of a cube of Jell-O wrapped in batter, deep fried and covered in powdered sugar. The creation is the work of 82-year-old Ruth Hauntz. The longtime state fair food vendor cried when she won the Big Tex Award.

Speaking with Fox 4, Hauntz said, “The whole idea was to create something to replace my beer sales. Ha ha! So we ranked them and one came up with fried Jell-O and I said, ‘Don’t go any further. That’s it.”

Fried Jell-O unseats “Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly” as the best tasting item at the fair. But Fernie creator Christi Erpillo did land as a finalist with her chicken pot pie pocket. Meanwhile, Isaac Rousso’s cookie fries took home the “most creative” award.

State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas

Fried Jell-o marks the first time “weird fried stuff” actually won the best tasting award perhaps since 2012’s fried bacon cinnamon roll. Usually, odd fried foods win the most creative award.

Other finalists this year included “injectable great balls of BBQ,” “deep fried pulled pork FUNYUN dings” and “deep fried bacon burger dog slider on a stick.” Not to mention “southern fried chicken and dumplings.” Wow.

Clog your arteries with all of them at this year’s State Fair of Texas opening Sept. 30.

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This New Fried Treat Just Won ‘Best Tasting’ at the State Fair of Texas