DALLAS, TX – The competition for the annual Best Taste award at the State Fair of Texas was once again high intensity. A number of creative fried food entries battled for the award, with an unusual entry coming out on top. Beating out favorites such as fried frito pie and fried candy bars was fried “Big Tex,” the beloved symbol of the Fair.
“It turns out all of the years of exposure to turkey legs, funnel cakes and sweaty kids have given Big Tex an unusual flavor,” said the dish’s creator, Hank Johnson. “Frying him really brought out the best flavors, and conversely masks the toxic chemicals.”
While visitors will enjoy consuming Big Tex, the taste will be bittersweet as they mourn the loss of an icon. Big Tex towered over the Fair for more than 50 years at a height of 52 feet tall, or over 2,000 on-a-stick portions.