Big Tex Choice Awards

More than a decade of decadence

Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top Fair for great food creations. Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards competition. Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream has made the cut to become a part of the exclusive club of fried food creations.

2019 Big Tex Choice Award Winners

Winner "Best Taste - Savory"


by Ruth Hauntz

Winner "Best Taste - Sweet"


by Brent and Juan Reaves

Winner "Most Creative"


by the Garza Family

2019 Savory Finalists

Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl

by Stephen Alade

Tasty and colorful tropical cabbage stir fry with fresh carrots, kale, scallions, ginger, and sweet red bell peppers, served on a yellow tropical rice topped with herbaceous grilled Caribbean (marinated) shrimp and a sweet and spicy tropical glaze.

Fernie’s Fried Burnt End Burrito

by Winter Family Concessions

The pinnacle of barbecue combined with everyone’s favorite spicy appetizer! A large flour tortilla is filled with a jalapeno popper spread of cream cheese, savory bacon, Mexican blend cheese, mildly spicy diced jalapenos, pepper jack and smoky nuggets of barbecue burnt ends. Quick fried to a golden brown crispy and served with a sweet tangy, spicy barbecue sauce.

Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone

by Ruth Hauntz

Tender, savory, marinated, slow-cooked barbacoa served in an ice cream cone-shaped tortilla shell with black beans and cilantro lime rice. It is topped with pico de gallo, queso fresco, and homemade salsa verde. The perfect handheld treat to enjoy while strolling through the Fair.

Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball

by Greg Parish

A golden fried ball, filled with fettuccine alfredo, Southern fried chicken bites, and fresh mozzarella cheese. The ball is garnished with house made alfredo sauce, grated parmesan cheese, Italian parsley, fresh basil, and cracked black pepper. Served with a side of flash fried lemon pepper asparagus spears, and a toasted garlic parmesan baguette. A beautiful fusion where rustic Italian flavors are treated to our Southern hospitality.

Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters

by Clint Probst

Grandma’s traditional Cream Corn Casserole with a Texas twist! Cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cornbread mix are combined into a batter, chopped bacon and freshly diced jalapenos. Instead of baking, the Corn Casserole is fried into crispy, lightly browned fluffy pillows of frittery goodness! Four to an order are arranged around a Cream Corn Queso Blanco for dipping and sharing!

2019 Sweet Finalists

Big Red® Chicken Bread

by Brent & Juan Reaves

This new Fair favorite starts with a homemade, light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, Big Red® -flavored frosting, and served with a savory fried chicken wing resting in the middle of the doughnut. So long chicken and waffles, hello Big Red® Chicken Bread!

Deep Fried Bayou Fruit Bites

by Terrence & Lisa Henderson

This delectable dessert is produced using fresh fruit wedges that are battered, deep fried, and sensuously coated in a secret sweet confection. It is finished with creamy whipped topping and drizzled with warm caramel sauce. For those with an extreme sweet tooth, additional toppings include candy, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, and assorted berries. These Bayou fruit bites are deliriously delicious!

Fla’Mango Tango

by Garza Family

Mango like you’ve never tango’d before! Treat yourself with a refreshingly creamy mango twist, fried and drizzled with a kicky citrus glaze. Topped with whipped topping and served with a side of strawberry mango sorbet. Presto’ Chango, that tangy explosion’s a Mango Tango!

Peanut Butter Cup Snookie

by Michelle Edwards

Warm, fresh baked peanut butter cup cookie with vanilla ice cream adorned with caramel and chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and a cherry.

Quick Fried “Black Gold” Truffles

by Glen Kusak

A decadent treat made from thin chocolate cookies crushed into crumbs combined with deliciously rich cream cheese. Super sweet mini white chocolate chips are added to make this truffle an unforgettable piece of gold. Hand-rolled into balls and coated in a golden breading consisting of vanilla wafers, corn flakes, cinnamon, and nutmeg, they are fried to a delicate crunch on the outside and creamy sweetness on the inside.

2019 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists

Savory Sweet
BBQ Pork Rangoons Big Red® Chicken Bread
Cajun Crab Bombs Champagne Jell-O® Hot Shot
Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl Deep Fried Bayou Fruit Bites
Chicks in a Cone Deep Fried CRACKER JACK®
Deep Fried Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed Waffles Deep Fried Energy Bites
Deep Fried Mexican Mole Deep Fried Nutella® Custard Stuffed French Toast
Deep Fried Street Corn Extreme Fried Bananarama
Deep Fried Texican Fla’Mango Tango
Fried Burnt End Burrito Fried Crème Brulee Berry Crunch
Fry Rub & Rye Fried Oreo® Gelato Pop
Good Ole Creole Boudin Egg Roll with Pepper Jack Cheese Fried Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding
Loaded Baked Potato Funnel Cake Peanut Butter Cup Snookie
PB&J Bacon Pickle Dog Quick Fried “Black Gold” Truffles
Pig in a Cannoli
Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball
Stokin-Smokin Cowboy’s Bacon and Brisket Egg Roll
Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone
Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters
Texas Fried Fritos® Pie Burrito Dog
The “Ain’t No Lie it’s Fried” Steak

2018 Big Tex Choice Award Winners

Winner "Best Taste - Savory"

Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce

by Winter Family Concessions

Winner "Best Taste - Sweet"

Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice)

by Garza Family

Winner "Most Creative"

Cotton Candy Taco

by Justin and Rudy Martinez

Previous Big Tex Choice Award Winners

Year Category Winner
2017 Best Taste :: Savory Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
Best Taste :: Sweet Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
Most Creative Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
2016 Best Taste Fried Jell-O®
Most Creative State Fair Cookie Fries
2015 Best Taste Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
Most Creative Smoky Bacon Margarita
2014 Best Taste Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil
Most Creative State Fair Brew – Funnel Cake Ale
2013 Best Taste Deep-Fried Cuban Roll
Most Creative Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
2012 Best Taste Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
Most Creative Deep Fried Jambalaya
2011 Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
2010 Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
Most Creative Fried Beer™
2009 Best Taste Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
2008 Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
Most Creative Fried Banana Split
2007 Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
2006 Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
Most Creative Fried Coke
2005 Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream