The Top Foods at the Texas State Fair Might Give You a Heart Attack

An alcoholic fish bowl and a monstrous bacon burger take the Big Tex Choice Awards

Drum roll please! The State Fair of Texas has announced the winners of their annual Big Tex Choice Awards. The “Best Taste – Sweet” category goes to Clint Probst’s Gulf Coast Fish Bowl, while Tom Grace’s Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger took both the “Best Taste – Savory” and “Most Creative” prizes.

According to a press release, it’s Probst’s ninth year at the State Fair of Texas, and his eighth time in the semifinals. This year’s creation — a Gulf Coast Fish Bowl — is grounded with Nerds candy and filled with a blue tropical-flavored alcoholic punch. The fruity beverage is topped off with ice and Swedish Fish and garnished with pineapple.

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In addition to 28 years of experience as a concessionaire, Grace is also no stranger to the fairgrounds: 2017 marked his second year in the finals and his first year winning a title. His Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger begins with two funnel cakes for buns that are “fried to a golden crunch.” The first funnel is topped with a burger patty, a large helping of bacon, and gooey queso. It is completed with the top funnel bun and dusted with powdered sugar.


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The two champs beat out other fatty foods including deep-fried chicken noodle soup, deep-fried fruit loops, a tamale doughnut, and a lobster and grilled steak combo stuffed inside a buttery, cheesy, garlic potato. Wow! You can see the whole list: here.


If you missed out on taste-testing the finalists’ dishes, don’t fret. Visitors still have 24 days to try items from all top 10 contenders. For the all-time craziest state fair foods, click here.