Fried Bubble Gum Wins, Tastes Like My Little Pony Turds

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Taryn Walker
Fried bubble gum is really a fried strawberry-flavored marshmallow. Yum? More photos in the slideshow.

This Labor Day, winners were crowned for the Big Tex Choice Awards. ​And we were definitely a little (OK, maybe a lot) excited. Like, a lot a lot. Allan Weiss took home the Best Taste title with his fried buffalo chicken in a flapjack (more on that later). And most unshockingly, Justin Martinez won Most Creative with his fried bubble gum.

While Martinez's fried bubble gum isn't actually a fried ball of real bubble gum, it is pretty tempting. "We're really excited about it," he says. "When you fry a marshmallow, it really mimics the texture of bubble gum. And when we added the bubble gum flavor extract to this strawberry marshmallow, it really makes it so that it does have that bubble gum flavor -- whatever that is." Bubble gum is a weird flavor, isn't it? It's like the color pink and Lisa Frank made a flavor baby.

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Taryn Walker
Judge Kristi Scales gets her stretch on.
​​​One of the four judges on the panel, Eric Johnson, was excited about the fried bubble gum, but as he bit into the bubble ball, he winced. "I couldn't eat much of that." But, he still gave it high marks for creativity. And that's my problem with the Most Creative category at the Big Tex Choice Awards. If you fry something weird enough, it can taste gross (see: fried beer) and still win. Because at this food competition, Most Creative doesn't mean Best Taste.

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Alice Laussade
This is the face of someone who appreciates the joy of Fried Christmas.
City of Ate's Patrick Williams described the look of the fried bubble gum balls best: "Looks like My Little Pony turds." After having tasted these little fried marshmallows, it's an accurate description of both look and taste. Fried bubble gum tasted like equal parts Rainbow Brite and Easter bunny (which is what I imagine My Little Ponies eat on the pony ranch). It's super sweet. Super stretchy. Super sticky. If you like the idea of eating a fried ball of chewy cotton candy, get you some of this. Guaranteed, it'll be this fair's kid crack.

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Miss Macy
Miss Macy

I'm diabetic. Next year maybe somebody will invent Deep Fried Splenda for the insulin crowd.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im sorry, this was a weak win..Same w/ the "Taco Town"-Inspired chicken in a flapjack..Fried Salsa and Abel's FPUC were a better contender than this...

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

While I appreciate the Taco Town reference, did you try that chicken in a flapjack? It was tasty. 

And you're right-- the fried salsa and fried pineapple upside down cake were equally delicious. It was a close competition for Best Taste this year. Abel's was the 7th one tasted this year, and I'm starting to think the order of the items might have something to do with what the judges end up choosing as a winner for Best Taste.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Alice, alas im not cool enough to be invited to such events, eventhough I co-host a web show on monday nights AND its based in Deep Ellum/Expo Park ;)

I'll give them all a try, even the taco salad in a bag...;)

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