State Fair of Texas' Contenders Include Deep-Fried Butter and Peaches
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"I've eatin bad things before, and have probably drank too much in the past, but this one really does it."

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/090209dnmetfairfood.40824cb.html

Just when you thought every morsel that could be fried had been tried at the State Fair of Texas – fried Twinkie, fried Coke, fried bacon, oh my – now comes this:

Deep Fried Butter, anyone?

Yes, my dear fair foodie friends, get to the gym right now and keep your cardiologist's number handy.

Fried butter is among eight dishes contending for Monday's fifth annual Big Tex Choice Awards, which showcases the top new foods at this year's fair. Fried butter will duke it out with other fine fried foods, including the fried sweet potato, fried peach and fried pork loin.

Deep Fried Butter is the creation of Abel Gonzales Jr., who's received previous Big Tex honors for his Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Coke and Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich.

If there were a Big Tex Fried Food Hall of Fame, Gonzales would be in it.

This year's creation started with a hankering for buttered toast. He wondered how he could incorporate the taste he loved into a State Fair dish.

Scoops of pure butter the size of golf balls are frozen and covered with dough and dropped into the deep fryer. Bite into a ball and melted butter pours out.

This is no health food, but Gonzales says it tastes rich – and good.

"There's nothing better than to have a piece of warm bread with melted butter all over it," Gonzales said. "Who's not going to want that?"

Forty-nine foods were submitted for this year's competition. Fair employees sampled 20 items and then selected the eight finalists, spokeswoman Sue Gooding said.

On Labor Day, three judges will pick two winners: best taste and most creative.

"It's obvious that the concessionaires have spent a lot of time working on their menus," Gooding said. "If it can be fried or if you can put powdered sugar on it, we either have it at the fair or we will have it at the fair."

Gonzales said the annual food event enhances the fair, which starts Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 18. That's when the new creations will be ready for public consumption.

"For a long time, State Fair food was on cruise control, but now everyone is going after that next big thing," Gonzales said. "You go to the fair just to try the latest crazy thing. It's up to us to make it really good."

"It's that special time of the year where you want something good," Gonzales added. "You work it off for the next few weeks eating salads."

And, yes, Gonzales has thought about serving fried salad at the fair. But there's one problem: getting the lettuce to survive the deep fryer.

Maybe next year.

"My question to you CR users is this.... would you eat this creation of Heart Clogging confection?"
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And people wonder why there's an obesity problem in America...
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Yeah, I'd rather not, it just screams death.
And how the hell do you fry Coke? You do mean the soda, right?
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Well something like this someone should consume only once in a blue moon and dont make a habit of it. I despise the taste of butter and dont put it hardly on anything. But this is the problem in this country though we are consuming to much of these unhealthy foods and usually now the average american isnt getting enough exercise. The way technology has advance makes us do more without much movements. We are at work standing or sitting in one spot all day and when we come home we sit in one area and watch TV/Games/Internet. Why walk anywhere when you can just sit comfortably in your car? So all this lack of exercise and high calorie unhealthy foods is the reason why many people are overweight.

The other bad thing is cost you know right now I am eating healthy as hell but shit it is rather expensive. I miss the days where I can stop at Mcdonalds and order me a quick big mack with fries and a drink for only $5. Now I have to cook all my food and usually healthy whole foods are far more expensive then processed fatty foods. You know the government should really crack down on these companies I mean see this as a form of drug. You know it is addicting because the taste is so great but eat it so much you gain to much weight and all sorts of health problems. Same as drugs you take it to get that certain high stay on it long enough you could get some terrible life threatening effects. Should the government enforce these fast food companies and these other unhealthy food companies to make their meals healthier for the public?
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Who the **** eats butter in ANY form?
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Yeah, I'd rather not, it just screams death.
And how the hell do you fry Coke? You do mean the soda, right?


I saw a thing about this on the food network. It’s disgusting. Basically they get some batter and drench it in coke. Then they fry the batter and dump coke syrup on it. Then they fry that and put it in a cup. They top it off with more coke syrup and some whipped cream.
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Well something like this someone should consume only once in a blue moon and dont make a habit of it. I despise the taste of butter and dont put it hardly on anything. But this is the problem in this country though we are consuming to much of these unhealthy foods and usually now the average american isnt getting enough exercise. The way technology has advance makes us do more without much movements. We are at work standing or sitting in one spot all day and when we come home we sit in one area and watch TV/Games/Internet. Why walk anywhere when you can just sit comfortably in your car? So all this lack of exercise and high calorie unhealthy foods is the reason why many people are overweight.

The other bad thing is cost you know right now I am eating healthy as hell but shit it is rather expensive. I miss the days where I can stop at Mcdonalds and order me a quick big mack with fries and a drink for only $5. Now I have to cook all my food and usually healthy whole foods are far more expensive then processed fatty foods. You know the government should really crack down on these companies I mean see this as a form of drug. You know it is addicting because the taste is so great but eat it so much you gain to much weight and all sorts of health problems. Same as drugs you take it to get that certain high stay on it long enough you could get some terrible life threatening effects. Should the government enforce these fast food companies and these other unhealthy food companies to make their meals healthier for the public?


Not to sound like I’m pro-choice but…why should you be concerned about what I eat? It’s my body and I can destroy it if I want too. You don’t want a whopper? Don’t eat one.

Yes, I understand that obesity may be bad for society, but are you really willing to sacrifice individual liberties for the benefit of a social system? Well, George Bush believed that Islam was a social plague. He felt that the world would be a better place without Muslims. So, should we crack down and start forcing mosques to teach Christianity?

Certainly not, it’s not George Bush’s job to make that decision. So who does get the right to make that decision? The government? You want the government to dictate our daily lives on so intimate a level that they actually control our diets? Well, maybe the people should get to decide?

Well, restaurants have found that whenever they attempt to produce healthier foods they lose business. Healthier foods are more expensive to produce and thus raise prices. They also take longer and don’t taste as good. Nobody wants that. Now, plenty of us say we want healthy food, but really we don’t! And in fact we’ve already seen that, time and time again people demonstrate that they want unhealthy food by CHOOSING unhealthy food of their own volition.

Who is the government to force us to change our way of life?

Now, I also understand that you’re not saying they should directly tell us what to eat. You want them to crack down on the companies. Well, maybe the majority of us feel that the votes of a minority are bad for the government. Like, let’s go to a time when Republicans dominated the government. Well, maybe the republicans feel that democratic votes threaten America. So, they start forcing companies to open their polling centers only in republican cities….



I like my big mac, I'm going to eat my big mac, and if the government tries to take my big-mac....well, I'll probably just complain about it and blame the democrats.
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drizza wrote:

Well something like this someone should consume only once in a blue moon and dont make a habit of it. I despise the taste of butter and dont put it hardly on anything. But this is the problem in this country though we are consuming to much of these unhealthy foods and usually now the average american isnt getting enough exercise. The way technology has advance makes us do more without much movements. We are at work standing or sitting in one spot all day and when we come home we sit in one area and watch TV/Games/Internet. Why walk anywhere when you can just sit comfortably in your car? So all this lack of exercise and high calorie unhealthy foods is the reason why many people are overweight.

The other bad thing is cost you know right now I am eating healthy as hell but shit it is rather expensive. I miss the days where I can stop at Mcdonalds and order me a quick big mack with fries and a drink for only $5. Now I have to cook all my food and usually healthy whole foods are far more expensive then processed fatty foods. You know the government should really crack down on these companies I mean see this as a form of drug. You know it is addicting because the taste is so great but eat it so much you gain to much weight and all sorts of health problems. Same as drugs you take it to get that certain high stay on it long enough you could get some terrible life threatening effects. Should the government enforce these fast food companies and these other unhealthy food companies to make their meals healthier for the public?


Not to sound like I’m pro-choice but…why should you be concerned about what I eat? It’s my body and I can destroy it if I want too. You don’t want a whopper? Don’t eat one.

Yes, I understand that obesity may be bad for society, but are you really willing to sacrifice individual liberties for the benefit of a social system? Well, George Bush believed that Islam was a social plague. He felt that the world would be a better place without Muslims. So, should we crack down and start forcing mosques to teach Christianity?

Certainly not, it’s not George Bush’s job to make that decision. So who does get the right to make that decision? The government? You want the government to dictate our daily lives on so intimate a level that they actually control our diets? Well, maybe the people should get to decide?

Well, restaurants have found that whenever they attempt to produce healthier foods they lose business. Healthier foods are more expensive to produce and thus raise prices. They also take longer and don’t taste as good. Nobody wants that. Now, plenty of us say we want healthy food, but really we don’t! And in fact we’ve already seen that, time and time again people demonstrate that they want unhealthy food by CHOOSING unhealthy food of their own volition.

Who is the government to force us to change our way of life?

Now, I also understand that you’re not saying they should directly tell us what to eat. You want them to crack down on the companies. Well, maybe the majority of us feel that the votes of a minority are bad for the government. Like, let’s go to a time when Republicans dominated the government. Well, maybe the republicans feel that democratic votes threaten America. So, they start forcing companies to open their polling centers only in republican cities….



I like my big mac, I'm going to eat my big mac, and if the government tries to take my big-mac....well, I'll probably just complain about it and blame the democrats.


True your right unhealthy foods and I aint going to lie taste a hell of a lot better then healthy foods and far cheaper. But yeah your right the government shouldnt enforce some type of control on us but I mean look at how we warn about cigarettes and try to crack down on drugs? Shouldnt these fast food companies and these companies who make these snacks that have an addictive taste have some type of warning on them telling us the bad effects of the product if consumed to much? We do this with Alcohol, cigarrettes, drugs administered by the doctor but why not foods?

True the government shouldnt take away our rights to eat whatever we want or whenever but if they did lol not going to lie it would be one of those things I wouldnt mind to much I mean it could cut down on some healthcare costs and obesity. Manily in part I blame the parents you know especially overweight children. They really have no control of what they eat because it is their parents feeding them. When the child gets fat then the parents want to complain and act like they dont know what happened. As our bad habits increase when we live alone we continue it. I know when I was back in high school shit chili cheese nachoes every day with some Reese's Pieces. Man I dont care what anyone says Reese's Pieces is the best shit since they discovered weed. Now we finally realize we have to change, now we have to pay for medication, pay for fat burning pills, you may get diabetes and other stuff.

Do you think the government should probably raise the awareness more of consuming too much unhealthy foods rather then regulate it?
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drizza wrote:

True your right unhealthy foods and I aint going to lie taste a hell of a lot better then healthy foods and far cheaper. But yeah your right the government shouldnt enforce some type of control on us but I mean look at how we warn about cigarettes and try to crack down on drugs? Shouldnt these fast food companies and these companies who make these snacks that have an addictive taste have some type of warning on them telling us the bad effects of the product if consumed to much? We do this with Alcohol, cigarrettes, drugs administered by the doctor but why not foods?

True the government shouldnt take away our rights to eat whatever we want or whenever but if they did lol not going to lie it would be one of those things I wouldnt mind to much I mean it could cut down on some healthcare costs and obesity. Manily in part I blame the parents you know especially overweight children. They really have no control of what they eat because it is their parents feeding them. When the child gets fat then the parents want to complain and act like they dont know what happened. As our bad habits increase when we live alone we continue it. I know when I was back in high school shit chili cheese nachoes every day with some Reese's Pieces. Man I dont care what anyone says Reese's Pieces is the best shit since they discovered weed. Now we finally realize we have to change, now we have to pay for medication, pay for fat burning pills, you may get diabetes and other stuff.

Do you think the government should probably raise the awareness more of consuming too much unhealthy foods rather then regulate it?


I think that people have a right to informed consent. The key word here is informed. So, I have no problem with raising awareness. The thing is, I think pretty much everybody is already aware. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t know that grease burgers are bad for you? McDonalds is synonymous with diabetes these days, everybody’s already aware.

As far as drinking in drugs, I think there’s a difference. Being intoxicated makes you an immediate and direct threat to those around you. Nations with no drinking age really do have more accidents involving drunk drivers and alcohol than we do. Yet, that’s a public matter. What you do in the controlled environment of your own home is your business.

Cigs are the same way. I think it should be illegal to smoke them on city property but people have a right to smoke if they choose to do so. I don’t like what the government does to the smoking industry. The labels and warnings are fine. Again, we have a right to informed consent. The government is put in place to protect our rights, not only from foreign invaders but also private threats.

When it comes to kids I think this is a form of mild child abuse. Parents are responsible for making sure their children are getting proper food and nourishment. When you’re not feeding your kids right, giving them childhood diabetes, well you’re not qualified to be a parent and you need your kids taken away from you.
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if we not too often eat thing like this, we might be okay. And enough sports would help. Well, it's business after all. They trying to attract customer. Only people who aware of health could refrain themselves to not eat this new product or kind of junk food everyday
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deep fried butter.. lol reminds me of an episode of Happy Tree Friends
when disco bear ate deep fired butter and ended up in the hospital with Lumpy as his doctor!

it's more of an issue for heart attacks rather than obesity really
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uh i think im going...i go every year to try out the new "fried" item...but yeah the state fair is a perfect place to get diabetes...everything on the menu is fried!!!!!!!! ...
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I think fried peaches might be quite nice.
I hope they're peeled first though... aren't they hairy on the outside?
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the peaches might be okay but the butter is just wrong
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Come on folks, we're talking a golf ball size amount, and you only need one to taste it. All the healthy people responding so far, I applaud your will power, But! I wonder if you lock the closet when you hide what the world isn't supposed to see ( snicker -hee-hee ). If I were gonna be in Texas during the fair YOU BET I'd taste deep fried butter, the batter would be like the outside of a corndog wouldn't it, but maybe flavored differently? I may be old school, I still use butter for some things, but my tests are all still in normal ranges, ALL THINGS IN MODERATION !
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