Fried Paradise – The Brad eats through the State Fair of Texas, Dallas

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It's that time of year folks! Over the next 24 days, visitors will spend almost $30 million at the 200 food service locations throughout Fair Park. Might as well get started!

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Couldn't wait to hit the Fletcher's stand…this year I started with the jalapeño/cheese variety. I just stand by the mustard dispenser and squirt a fresh glop on each bite…yummm. Of course, Corny Dogs were invented in 1942 by State Fair concessionaires Carl and Neil Fletcher.

No time to 'waist' – on to the fried stuff!

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^ Here we have some fried cookie dough… mmm hmmm.

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^ OK, we REALLY liked these Waffle Balls (yeah… who knew).  These chocolate-covered strawberries dipped in waffle batter where an early favorite to win our ribbon.

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^ Fire & Ice – "A pineapple ring is battered and deep-fried, then topped with banana-flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen." Pretty neat, but I dunno – On ours, the strawberries were frozen. In the liquid nitrogen? Refreshing though, with those super cold berries!

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^ Fried PB&J, with bananas. Yep.

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^ I love Moon Pies, particularly the banana flavor… well, here's one fried up. You can see it kind of just disintegrated in there – leaving molten goodness.

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Time for a break from the fryer… Meats on Sticks! and some Turkey Wings.

Back to work:

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^ Here was a real surprise: Fried Honey Bun – we fought over the rest of this one.

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And finally – the Chicken Fried BACON, winner of Best Taste in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition… and deservedly so – man, GOOD STUFF. They provided all kinds of condiments: mustard, ketchup, ranch, honey mustard, etc. I added some Tabasco to the ranch dressing and just sent this dish over the top. Crazzzy!

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That's all we could get in on this trip – but there are many more fried delights to be had. If I recover, I'll head back in a couple weeks.