Fried Jell-O, cookie fries win State Fair of Texas awards

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An 82-year-old woman was in tears Sunday at Fair Park. Ruth Hauntz, a longtime State Fair of Texas food vendor, won the Big Tex Choice Award.

Hauntz’s fried Jell-O won in the best tasting category. The treat is a cube of Jell-O wrapped in crust, fried and dusted with powdered sugar.

“The whole idea was to create something to replace my beer sales. Ha ha! So we ranked them and one came up with fried Jell-O and I said, ‘Don’t go any further. That’s it,’” she said.

The winner in the most creative category was from another state fair regular – Isaac Rousso. He cooked up cookies in the shape of crinkle-cut French fries.

Next week on Good Day we’ll check out those and some of the other finalists and let you know what we think before you head to the State Fair of Texas.

It opens on Sept. 30.