Oddly Satisfying: Fried food at the State Fair of Texas is pure satisfaction

Every Fall, there are fairs and expositions across the country that allow us to indulge in local favorites and of course fried food. And the State Fair is no different with their oddly satisfying offerings.

At the State Fair of Texas, you can find so many things to do, see, and of course eat. And nothing says oddly satisfying quite like good old-fashioned fried food from the fair. We are talking about funnel cakes, corn dogs, and so much more.

And this year at the fair, it was all about going on a culinary adventure of fried food goodness. From fried lemonade to fried peanut butter and jelly with banana sandwiches, we decided to try some new treats, as well as some old favorites.

What makes these goodies oddly satisfying is the fact that when it comes to fried food, it’s an indulgence that can sometimes leave us feeling gross. But, there is something about going to the State Fair of Texas and trying new things (even if they are fried), that just satisfies our need for nostalgia. It’s a lot like being a kid again and getting to let loose, eat what you want, and just have a good time.

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To start our culinary adventure at the State Fair of Texas, we had to get an oldie, but a goodie – the corn dog. With three of us getting the chance to eat and basically forget what healthy eating is all about, we went all out.

This means that we each got our own Fletcher’s corn dogs and then proceeded to drench them in condiments. These were truly the perfect way to start our trip to the fair, as it hit the spot and set the tone for a great day of trying different fried foods.

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Next up in our fried food line up, we had to give fried lemonade a try. Not only had we never heard of this before, but it actually sounded interesting enough that we couldn’t resist.

If you ever get a chance to try fried lemonade (and you love lemon flavored things) this is a must. All three of us agreed that this was a delicious dessert that reminded us of a cross between lemon cake and fried dough. Considering one order came with three balls of fried lemonade, we each got our own fried dough balls and it’s a good thing because none of us were going to share after we tried it.

Seriously, this might have been one of the best bites of the entire trip. (There were two trips to the fair to round out this culinary adventure.)

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For our second trip to the State Fair of Texas, we kicked things off with some delicious drinks, fried pickles, and fried macaroni and cheese bites. Honestly, it’s rare that you can go wrong with fried pickles, and these were definitely a delicious fried offering. And yes, we dipped them in ranch dressing (if you were wondering).

For the fried macaroni and cheese, I admit I have had better (I even wrote about it for a previous Oddly Satisfying feature). But, at the same time, these really worked well with the sweet tea and bacon margarita, so it was overall a win.

Basically both of these fried treats worked as fair food and they definitely helped to start off our day of fair fun.

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Photo: State Fair of Texas.. Image by Kimberley Spinney

Our second trip to the State Fair also included a chance to try fried peanut butter and jelly with banana sandwiches. And much like the fried lemonade, this was a must try. Honestly, every bite was delicious.

However, I will admit this one is hard to eat and between three of us, we actually could not finish this. We each took a corner and did the best we could, but these are so filling that by the time we had this, we were pretty much down for the count.

Seriously, this was fried food magic and was beyond oddly satisfying to downright perfect. This is the kind of fair food we are here for.

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While these were not the only fried treats we indulged in at the State Fair of Texas, I admit that these were definitely the ones that deserved their moment in the spotlight. Not only were they great for sharing, but we loved every bite. Fried food might be heavy and more of an indulgence than anything else, but when it comes to going to the fair, these are the foods that were truly oddly satisfying.