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Deep-fried bubblegum busts competition at Texas State Fair

Fried bubblegum, winner of the most creative award, is ready to serve at the state fair fried food competition in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
Fried bubblegum, winner of the most creative award, is ready to serve at the state fair fried food competition in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.Ron Heflin / Star-Telegram

Deep-fried butter on a stick may have upped the state fair fare ante, but deep-fried bubblegum took top honors during the 2011 State Fair of Texas Seventh Annual Big Tex Choice Awards on Monday.

Rodolfo Barriento displays fried bubblegum on a stick at the state fair fried food competition in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
Rodolfo Barriento displays fried bubblegum on a stick at the state fair fried food competition in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.Ron Heflin / Star-Telegram

We were a little disappointed to learn that there is, in fact, no gum in deep fried bubblegum. The treat is a bubblegum-flavored marshmallow that’s dipped in batter, deep fried and topped with icing and powdered sugar. It was named the most creative entry, beating out deep-fried pineapple upside-down cake, deep-fried texas salsa and El Bananarito –- a deep-fried banana rolled in a flour tortilla, topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and caramel or chicolate syrup.

Buffalo chicken in a flapjack -- which features a buffalo chicken strip coated in pancake batter, rolled in jalapeno breadcrumbs, deep fried and served with a side of syrup -- won the prize for being the tastiest treat. 

Check out a slideshow of the dishes from the Fort Worth Star-telegram  

Would you try deep-fried bubblegum? What’s the craziest fair food you’ve eaten?