Hewing to the current foodie reverence for bacon, the fried bacon cinnamon roll was awarded Most Creative fried food in the 2012 State Fair of Texas annual Big Tex® Choice Awards.
Winning the prize for Best Taste was fried jambalaya, submitted by oft-awarded vendor Abel Gonzales.
Winner Abel Gonzales has won more times than any other vendor.
The two winners were chosen at a ceremony on Monday morning at the Fair Park's Embarcadero Building.
They were chosen from a field of eight entries that also included chicken-fried cactus bites, deep fried divine chocolate tres leches cake, deep fried mac-n-cheese slider, fried Mexican fire crackers, picnic on a stick, and fried pork wing.
Judges included Andrea Rega, correspondent for Univision News; state representative Eric Johnson, a returning judge; and Donovan Lewis, from Dallas sports radio 1310 The Ticket.
The deep fried jambalaya is described as "from-scratch jambalaya with shrimp, Cajun sausage and seasonings, coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried. Served with spicy ranch sauce."
The deep-fried cinnamon roll was a cinnamon roll dipped in pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.