We had a mission to eat as many fried things as possible, and I have to say, we did pretty darn well for only a few hours at the fair. I had Ben pose with each of them, and rate them on a scale from 1 to 10. I'll give you my thoughts on them as well, so that you know what a normal person would think of the food at the fair.
What else would you eat first at the Texas State Fair than the iconic corn dog? Ben had never had one, which in and of itself is tragic, but to have never experienced the amazing crunch on a Texas State Fair corn dog makes me so sad for him. Ryan had never had a Texas State Fair corn dog, and although he was not as impressed as he should have been, I can probably forgive him in time.
Ben's Rating: 7
Y'all, if there's anything better in this world than bacon, I don't know what it is. And then they fried it. We weren't overly impressed (we were pretty sure they over cooked it) but the idea is fantastic!
Ben's Rating: 6
Ryan's favorite candy is Snickers, so we knew we had to try this one. Thankfully, Ben was a huge fan as well. It was warm and gooey, with just a little crunch on the outside from the breading.
Ben's Rating: 10
Fried Sweet Texas was a new treat this year, and it might be my favorite ever. It's a combo of buttermilk pie, peach cobbler, and pecan pie, served with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. First of all, Ben had never had Blue Bell ice cream-- bless his heart-- so that was a 10 in and of itself, of course. Then, you add it the deep fried pies all in one, and you have a home run (speaking of baseball, we still need to teach him it's a fun game, America).
Ben's Rating: 10
Fifth Food: Funnel Cake
A State Fair classic, we HAD to get him one of these. Matthew probably downed half of it, but Ben got his fair share as well. In his words, how do you NOT like fried dough with powdered sugar? So true, my British friend, so true.
Ben's Rating: 8
Y'all, this was one we just had to try. The epitome of ridiculous gluttony, fried butter is exactly what it sounds like: a ball of butter, breaded, and then fried. We were actually surprised that it tasted as good as it did-- originally it scored a 7-- but as we walked, we could literally feel it getting heavier and clogging our veins. It ended up a 2 and one that we're glad we can say we tried, but have zero desire to ever try again.
Ben's Rating: 7, 5, 2
Now, Ryan and I LOVE sweet tea. It was one of the great parts about living in Mississippi. Frying it up sounded like a great idea. It wasn't nearly as flavorful as we were hoping, and it was a little soggy, rather than crispy, so we agreed with Ben's rating.
Ben's Rating: 5
We had a blast at the State Fair with Ben! He was a great sport about all the ridiculous British jokes we came up with, and even threw it back at us. Hearing him attempt "y'all" might be the highlight of my life. Ben, you're a great guy, Matthew adores you (and has no idea who Stranger Danger is!), and we can't wait for you to be back in Texas.
|Our brunch the next day... Because what better way to follow up a day of fried food than with more fried food?!|