Crave Guide To Fun New Fair Food (Contest)

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If you love Fair food, then you’re in luck! Fair concessionaires are serious about providing you with great-tasting, unique foods each year. That’s why the State Fair of Texas is proud to announce their newest creations! Fairgoers have the chance to taste the finalists and winners of the 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards but can also indulge in some of the competition’s semi-finalist dishes. Semi-finalists who don’t make it to the awards ceremony can choose to add their dish to their menu that year.

Here is the list of the semi-finalists food items that can be found at this year’s State Fair of Texas, in addition to other new foods you just must try. For the full list of this year’s new foods and their locations, visit Big Tex.

And if you could use 5 free passes for entry to the State Fair of Texas, make a comment below. We will award and mail out the tickets October 1, 2018. Share this list if you will, the wheel of chance weighs heavy for those that do!

2018 New Foods


Corn Dog Ale: Corn Dog Ale is an amber ale brewed with a blend of Pale 2-Row barleys, caramel malt, and smoked malt. We add a proprietary blend of eight herbs and spices to the brew kettle. The combination of subtle smokiness and spices evoke the flavor and aroma of a classic, delicious corn dog. The flavor experience is only complete when the beer is served with the traditional condiment – yellow mustard!

Orange Julia’s Beermosa: Get ready to flash back to your childhood ice cream truck days. Orange Julia’s Beermosa is starts with champagne that is flavored with orange Pixy Stix, Blue Moon® beer, and the perfect amount of vanilla ice cream to smooth it all together. Served in a Pixy Stix®-rimmed cup with a large Pixy Stix plastic straw, this creamy frozen cocktail will awaken your inner child taste buds with memories of Push-Up® pops and Creamsicle® bars.


Fried Cup of Corn “Elotes:” What happens when traditional elotes meets sweet southern corn in a flaky pastry?  You get a creamy texture of blended seasonings and Mexican cheeses with a unique State Fair twist that’s sure to please. We spoon our elotes corn blend into a flaky pastry and fry it to a golden perfection. To make the union complete, it is embellished with Mexican cheeses and served with a side of delectable creamy corn dip. The combination will leave you with a modern taste of an authentic Mexican dish.

Supra Stuffed Mini Sopapillas: Three mini sopapillas are injected with strawberry cream cheese filling. The dish is scrumptiously dusted with cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with honey for a sweet finish.


King Crispy Coconut Crab Sliders: Whole softshell crabs are dipped in our homemade coconut batter and fried until perfectly golden. This crispy coconut creation is then perched on a King’s Hawaiian bun. Thus enthroned, our kingly crustacean is dressed in a dollop of creamy Asian slaw (with a hint of wasabi). A top bun and frilly toothpick crown each slider. Each dish is served with fried plantains, spicy Asian mustard, and sweet/sour sauce for dipping.

Texas Thai Delight: Yummy sticky rice is infused with a coconut milk mixture and layered with mangos and more coconut deliciousness. It is then rolled in batter and deep fried for the perfect crunch. The delightful dish is served on a stick with a side of in-house sweet sauce.

Pico Frito (Deep Fried Pico de Gallo): A zesty medley of tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and jalapenos are folded into an egg wrap paper and deep fried until crispy and golden. Each dish is served with a side of savory cilantro sauce.

Kool-Aid® Pickle-Dilly Sangria: This refreshing beverage is a perfect marriage of sweet, savory, and fun. Our pickle juice Kool-Aid® Sangria is a delicious combination of sweet and salty with a fruity back-bone. We take our pickle juice recipe and infuse it with a Fruit Punch-flavored Kool-Aid® and allow them to mingle and combine to create a one-of-a-kind adult beverage. Laced with ripe pineapple, cherries, and blueberries, our Southern-inspired sangria puts a spin on this European classic and brings it home to Texas. When the flavors are just right, we add a crisp white wine and top it off with lemon-lime soda. The result is garnished with our crown jewel, a Kool-Aid® pickle spear infused with a tart and sweet flavor combination creating a beautiful ruby-red color.

Southern Fried Chicken Nachos: What’s better than fried chicken and nachos? Fried chicken nachos! A smooth blend of cheese, Ro-tel® tomatoes, and pico de gallo covers our tortilla chips. They are then topped with our southern fried chicken tenders and garnished with fresh cilantro. Our take on two of America’s favorite foods is guaranteed to make your taste bud’s dance.

Fruity Dessert Nachos: This delightfully indulgent dessert starts with a bed of thin, crispy butter cookies, smothered in fresh strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. The treat is drizzled with a classic crème anglaise and rich, smooth Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and then topped with whipped cream. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Bacon Brittle: Bacon brittle is a glorious splendor of southern classics incepted from a family recipe for brittle. Thick cut applewood smoked bacon is flavored with a hint of bourbon to create a smoky, sweet and salty flavor with a soft crunchy texture from the brittle.

Frosty’s Frozen Hot Chocolate: Our recipe combines special Ghirardelli® cocoa mixed with milk and water, and ice blended till “frosty.” It is poured into a see-through plastic cup and topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and finished with a marshmallow and cherry garnish.

Cherish Erbert Champagne: A Pixy Stix® cherry sherbet champagne is sipped through a large Pixy Stix® straw with powdered candy around the rim. A champagne bubble burst with sweet and sour cherry flavor and just the right amount of vanilla ice cream perfectly smooths out this refreshing frozen cocktail. What could be lovelier than taking in the cool autumn breeze while sipping sweet cherry wine… so very fine.


Fletcher’s Cheezy Pup: New to the Fletcher’s Corny Dog lineup, the Cheezy Pup is American soft melting cheese on a stick, dipped in Fletcher’s famous batter and deep fried to a golden brown. It’s Cheezy because the inside is all cheese and a Pup because it is smaller than their regular Corny Dogs.


Where to find them:

Corn Dog Ale

at Auto Grill, Bluebonnet Roadhouse, Chicken Hut, Chili Parlor, Texas Burgers Dogs & More, Texas Pizzeria, State Fair Wine Garden, & Yardbirds

Orange Julia’s Beermosa

at Barrera’s

Fried Cup of Corn “Elotes”

at Stiffler’s Sweet Spot

Supra Stuffed Mini Sopapillas

at The Chicken Hut, Yardbirds, & Texas Burgers Dogs & More

King Crispy Coconut Crab Sliders

at Gulf Coast Grill

Texas Thai Delight

at Benavides Nachos

Pico Frito (Deep Fried Pico de Gallo)

at Darn Good Corn

Kool-Aid® Pickle-Dilly Sangria

at Magnolia Beer Garden & Who Dat Daiquiri

Southern Fried Chicken Nachos

at Carousel Concessions

Fruity Dessert Nachos

at Ms. Ruth’s & Ruth’s Tamale House

Bacon Brittle

at Carousel Concessions & Southern Fried Chicken

Frosty’s Frozen Hot Chocolate

at Old Mill Inn & the Coliseum

Cherish Erbert Champagne

at Barrera’s

Fletcher’s Cheezy Pup

at Fletcher’s Corny Dogs on MLK & on the Thrillway


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27 responses to “Crave Guide To Fun New Fair Food (Contest)

  1. Gary L. Juren

    I’m feeling lucky today!

  2. Teresa Cameron

    Can’t wait for this year’s Great State Fair of Texas! Looking forward to trying the Bacon Brittle (because BACON!) and getting my annual Corny Dog! GoBigTex!

  3. sean5990


  4. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve gone to the State Fair! I’d love to be able to attend this year, as my age is going to preclude me from doing so as time goes forward!

  5. Lee Jamison

    This is one of the best lists in years!

  6. Shannon walden

    So excited to try the new food this year.

  7. Skippy!

    I can’t wait to ride the Texas Rats! That one is my favorite!

  8. Zach W

    Can’t wait to get corn dog wasted!

  9. Darren Holden

    Pick me please.

  10. Ted Merlo

    Not sure yet. Claudia shot me some dates and I gave her some so I’m sure we will agree on one soon! Tomorrow is the first day.

    Sent from my iPad


  11. Drew

    I would love these tickets!

  12. Jenny Lynn

    I would love to win these tickets, how many are you offering?

  13. Kara Snyder

    Did the fair start today? It sure feels like it outside Ha. I would love to win these tickets thank you.

  14. Shelly Densmore

    I’ve been so busy I forgot that it’s fair day. I go the first day every year darn it! Sign me up for his tickets.

  15. Kathy Turner

    I just started reading your website and love it! You are the Burger King! Signed me up.

  16. Carl

    Put my name in that hat.

  17. Anna Murphy

    I would love to win these.

  18. Todd Sharp

    I would like to get these tickets!

  19. Marta Weiss

    Yes please.

  20. Tess

    My friend shared this with me and now a fan of your blog. I was told if I win I have to share with her. Shout out to Margaret!

  21. Andrew Huerl

    Five years ago I won a juicer on crave. Now is my chance to win again I want tickets to the fair.

  22. Katy Marlowe

    So many wonderful memories from the fair I can’t wait to go back again, it’s been too long.

  23. Deadra

    Gotta go!

  24. Ben Howard

    I could really use the tickets.

  25. Crave Staff

    Kara wins five tickets and so does Carl! Emails sent, enjoy!

  26. Harris Henderson

    Heck yeah, I love trying the new food and drinks!!

  27. Trinda reed

    Pick me!!!

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