When I was little, I used to complain to my mom when I felt slighted, whining, "But Moooom, that's not FAIR!" Her answer was always the same, "Allison the fair was in October, you should have gone." (Funny now, not so funny as a ten year old.) So this year, I took my mom's advice and headed to the State Fair of Texas.
Whenever I think about the State Fair, I am always surrounded by childhood memories. My family went to the fair every single year and didn't leave before we toured every building and exhibit, alternating between corn dogs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes every half hour. The fair is about two things: family fun and getting fat. It's true, I won't lie. Anyone from Dallas will back me up on this. You go to the state fair starving and wearing your loosest pair of jeans, assuring yourself that everything you eat that day is "fat free." Yep, that's how it works at the State Fair of Texas.
After taking a few years off from the fat fest, I thought it was time to get back in the game. And since Matt had never experienced the fabulousness that is the fair, we headed to Dallas to enjoy the fair with two of our best friends, Jordan and Ricky. And apparently in the past few years, the fair has had a complete overhaul to their cuisine. Everything, and I mean everything, is FRIED. Fried ice cream, fried lattes, fried corn, fried bacon, fried fajitas, fried coke, fried guacamole, fried peaches and cream, fried oreos, fried peanut butter macaroons, fried snickers, fried butter, the list goes on and on. I mean, I knew the fair was all about unhealthy food, but seriously, this thing is on a whoooole new level now.
So now that I've had a few hours to let the calories and grease sink in, I thought there was no better way to get rid of my dieter's guilt then sharing the calories with you all :) So check out our fabulous, delicious, and unhealthy treats from this year's State Fair of Texas!
First stop, fried butter. This line has been known to be up to an hour long this year, so we hit it early. It really should have been called "fried biscuits and butter" because the butter was surrounded by doughy delight then deep fried. As soon as you bit into it, you could see the pool of butter in the center. Lol, don't judge, it was delicious.
Next stop, fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich. This looked promising, but ehhh. It wasn't quite sweet enough; it needed a little bit more jelly. We shrugged and quickly moved on.
You absolutely cannot go to the fair without eating a Fletcher's Corn Dog. Now, there are impostor corn dog companies at the fair, but please know, they are not Fletchers! Fletchers is like heaven, and all of us agreed that out of everything we ate at the fair, Fletcher's was our favorite. (As Jordan said, 4 out of 4 fairgoers prefer corn dogs over other delights.) Can't deny an oldie but a goodie.
Next, we tried chicken fried bacon. This was Matt's most anticipated fried delicacy of the day. It was dee-sgust-ing. Seriously, uggh, we didn't even finish it. You can't win 'em all.
I L.O.V.E. caramel apples, but I refuse to eat them off the stick like a barbarian (not to mention that my parents have spent way too much money on dental/orthadonic work for me. I mean, I wore headgear people, headgear! I can't risk having to repeat that phase again.) Anyway...this treat was a nice blend of my love for caramel apples and ladylike manners, but it wasn't a showstopper. I give it a B-.
Here, we are enjoying fried Snickers. I told you they fried everything! Although I was uncertain about this, it was pretty delicious. It tasted like a greasy, warm and gooey, yet slightly crunchy cookie. I'd eat it again.
The last stop of the day...fried peaches and cream. This was the 2009 Big Tex winner for best taste, and I can tooootally see why. It was to.die.for. I will dream about fried peaches and cream for the rest of my life.
Here we are leaving the fair, happy (and stuffed) campers. I do think however, that I'm going to take some time off from fried foods though. At least for a day or two :)