Fried Chicken Skin and Fried Cake Balls?!? Thanks, Eat Crispies.

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Eat Crispies
Fried chicken skin from Eat Crispies. Mmm. Skin.
​Meet fried chicken skin, brought to your State Fair of Texas by Eat Crispies. It's just chicken skin, battered and fried for your face. Eat Crispies co-owner Phuong Le (who owns the stand with her sister-in-law, uncle and cousin) says, "The fried chicken skin was what caught the attention of the State Fair folks, but we've gotten mixed reviews on it.  People either think it's the greatest idea ever [it is the best part of fried chicken] or they are completely taken aback by the idea of eating skin...by itself." (FYI, those "taken aback" people are also known as "State Fair of Texas pussies.")
In addition to the fried chicken skin, Eat Crispies will also be serving fried Oreos, fried loaded mashed potatoes (Yay! More dreams coming true! It's happening!!) and fried cake balls. Fried. Cake. Balls.

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Eat Crispies
Fried cake balls. Choose from chocolate or vanilla. Shove in mouf.
Why the hayl weren't any of these items finalists at this year's Big Tex Choice Awards? "It's our first year at the fair, so we were asked not to participate in the Big Tex Choice Awards," says Le. Fair officials recommended that since Le is new to running concessions at the fair and her booth is going to be in the middle of all the action on the Midway that she not participate in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition this year.

Lame.

"I was disappointed when we couldn't enter the competition, but it makes absolute sense since we're total newbies," Le says.

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Eat Crispies
Fried loaded mashed potatoes with bacon, sour cream and butter (no chives) are hiding in there, just waiting to be nommed.
While it's probably a good idea to get a year's worth of learning how to control a crazy-ass "losing a giant stuffed animal just crushed my soul" fair crowd under your belt before you have to deal with all those hungry Tilt-a-Whirlers being pissed about a two-hour wait, it still sucks that new vendors aren't allowed to compete during their first year.

The biggest bummer about it is, every entry into the Big Tex Choice Awards has to be a completely new item to the fair. So, since Eat Crispies will be serving their fried chicken skin, fried cake balls and fried loaded mashed potatoes this year, they can't be entered in the contest next year. Or ever, technically.

Hopefully, Eat Crispies can out-fry themselves with some newer, crazier fried ideas next year. How do you top frying skin, though? Fried cat hair? Mmm. Sounds pretty Most Creative ... Can't wait.

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Ironcheftoni
Ironcheftoni

I tried the chicken skin last week.  It was really good!  And for those that asked if it was spicy, it is just a little.  Sort of similar in spice to Popeye's but the breading on it was lighter.  I didn't think it needed any gravy at the time but that would be a nice touch.

irunk
irunk

Yumm-O!!! Can't wait to eat them all up!!

Sam Jang
Sam Jang

i can't believe fried chicken skin hasn't been done before! it seems so logical... an absolute shame it's not able to merit a shot at the Big Tex Choice Awards. WILL ANYTHING BE SPICY?!

jguren
jguren

only thing better then fried chicken skin is fried chicken skin.

albear
albear

for those that think fried chicken skin is gross, do you not like fried chicken at all?  because, duh, that stuff you're eating on the outside is skin.  the BEST part of fried chicken!

Bichi
Bichi

I'm so excited for the fair now! I can't wait!

doo doo daddy
doo doo daddy

BRILLIANT!!!! cant wait to try them all...reading the article made me drool and at the same time cant believe they didnt let her food in the contest...rules are meant to be broken sometimes and it def would of made the finals :)

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

The best part of fried chicken with everything-in-one-package mashed spuds?  Then fried cake?  Entree and dessert--all fried.  Oh yeah!

David D.
David D.

Definitely goin' to try me' some chicken skin!=)

th0m3y
th0m3y

the skin is best part of fried chicken!!! now i just need to find a stand that serves gravy...and maybe one that offers cholesterol/hypertension pills

GUMPDADDY
GUMPDADDY

I can hardly wait to try the fried chicken skins!!!  Absolutely gonna tear it up!

Boum Pho
Boum Pho

YUM YUM YUM! I can't wait to try everything! 

AllTeam
AllTeam

Hmm. I've had Fried Loaded Mashed Potatoes before (not from Eat Crispies) at the North Carolina State Fair. They were ok. Hope to try these ones when I go to my first Texas State Fair. 

Anyone know if they are made with powder potatoes or real potatoes?

Beda
Beda

Fried chicken skin sounds like the best idea ever.

Too bad about the stupid rules.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Thats why I like the indies as well, like the lady who made Kool-Aid pickles last year and this guy, notching up their games w/ new stuff..The state fair is more than Fletchers Corn Dogs ya'll :)

Speak of, we really need to get our "Fried Fois Gras" stand up and going next year alice ;)

Jojo Pangilinan
Jojo Pangilinan

They top off their loaded mashed potatoes with gravy, maybe you can ask them to put gravy on the chicken skins =) 

Phuong Le
Phuong Le

Beda,

I hope you come out and try it!

-Eat Crispies

Nytexan
Nytexan

Thanks for the support, Chris!

-Eat Crispies

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