Some foods try to hide their unhealthy qualities under leafy greens or miso glazes, whereas others proudly don jackets of crumbled Cool Ranch Doritos and brazenly go where no pizza has gone before: into a deep fryer. We visited the Texas State Fair in order to take a year off our lives taste some of the most ridiculous fried foodstuffs ever conceived, from the award-winning Fried Thanksgiving Dinner to the award-winning Fried Cuban Roll.
This year's award for most creative dish goes to the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner, a perfect combination of stuffing, turkey, and creamed corn that was the result of a year and a half of research & development.
Although it didn't take home any official prizes, the Cool Ranch Doritos Deep Fried Pizza stole our heart. Or rather, stole our pulmonary valve and replaced it with one that isn't nearly as effective at pumping out deoxygenated blood.
Pigs aren't just for eating, they are also for racing, and, quite alternately, fattening to the point where they can barely walk without falling down. For those keeping score at home, that hog on the bottom weighs 1010lbs.
The creative arts building houses a refrigerated Big Tex sculpture made out of 4000lbs of butter -- proof that the fair isn't all about gluttony, but damn if it's not going to be involved in some fashion.