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Fried bacon cinnamon roll & fried jambalaya are big winners at State Fair Big Tex awards

State Fair of Texas fried cinnamon roll
Fried bacon cinnamon roll won Most Creative. Courtesy of State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas fried jambalaya
Fried jambalaya won for Best Taste. Courtesy of State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas, fried cactus
Fried cactus bites got robbed. Courtesy of State Fair of Texas

Hewing to the current foodie reverence for bacon, the fried bacon cinnamon roll was awarded Most Creative fried food in the 2012 State Fair of Texas annual Big Tex Choice Awards in Dallas.

Winning the prize for Best Taste was fried jambalaya, submitted by oft-awarded Dallas vendor Abel Gonzales.

Other entries included chicken-fried cactus bites, deep fried divine chocolate tres leches cake, deep fried mac-n-cheese slider, fried Mexican fire crackers, picnic on a stick, and fried pork wing.

The two winners were chosen at a ceremony on Monday morning at the Fair Park's Embarcadero Building.

They were chosen from a field of eight entries that also included chicken-fried cactus bites, deep fried divine chocolate tres leches cake, deep fried mac-n-cheese slider, fried Mexican fire crackers, picnic on a stick, and fried pork wing.

The deep fried jambalaya is described as "from-scratch jambalaya with shrimp, Cajun sausage and seasonings, coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried. Served with spicy ranch sauce."

The deep-fried bacon cinnamon roll was a cinnamon roll dipped in pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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