The winners of the State Fair of Texas’ annual food competition have been announced.
Fried Jell-O, created by Ruth Hauntz, took the Big Tex Choice Award for Best Taste, and Isaac Russo’s State Fair Cookie Fries took the coveted award of Most Creative.
The top prizes, chosen from a field of eight finalists, were given to two veterans of the Fair food world. From a State Fair of Texas press release:
After being a concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas for 28 years, Ruth Hauntz is no stranger to the world of Fair food. This is Ruth’s second time to be chosen as a Big Tex Choice Awards finalist, and her first time winning one of the two coveted titles. For the first time in Big Tex Choice Awards history, America's favorite childhood dessert is given a State Fair of Texas twist! A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading is flash-fried to perfection and then dusted with powdered sugar. Prepared with a tasty topping of whipped cream and a cherry garnish, this dish has the perfect amount of crunch to compliment the jiggle.
A finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards for the past seven years, Isaac Rousso has now received the Most Creative title two years in a row. Isaac’s State Fair Cookie Fries are a unique play on America's favorite savory side dish. The cookie fry may look like it needs ketchup, but don’t be fooled by the classic crinkle-cut appearance. Offered in traditional cookie flavors like chocolate chip or sprinkles, these sweet treats are served with your choice of the accompanying strawberry or milk chocolate sauce. Just consider it an undercover cookie in fry-form disguise.