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J-E-L-L-O — it’s alive! And now, it’s deep fried.

Every year, the State Fair of Texas holds a contest to determine which of its many fried food submissions tastes best. This year, Fried Jell-O took the crown.


This creation features cherry Jell-O that’s been breaded in panko, flash-fried, then dusted with powdered sugar. It’s served with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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According to the fair, Ruth Hauntz, the mad genius behind this invention, was a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards once before, but this is her first win.

While Fried Jell-O was deemed Best Taste, the crown for Most Creative went to Isaac Rousso for his Cookie Fries. Sure, they look like crinkle fries, but they’re actually dessert!

Cookie Fries come in typical cookie flavors, including sprinkle and chocolate chip, and are served with strawberry or chocolate dipping sauce.

Fried Jell-O and Cookie Fries beat a variety of submissions, including Deep Fried Bacon Burger Dog Slider on a Stick and Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplins, for this year’s prizes.

The 2016 State Fair of Texas will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 23 in Dallas.

(H/T: State Fair of Texas)

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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