What does deep-fried clam chowder look like? Like this. You'll find it as one of the new concession items at the State Fair of Texas this year.

What does deep-fried clam chowder look like? Like this. You'll find it as one of the new concession items at the State Fair of Texas this year.

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The foods at the State Fair of Texas that make headlines every year are the Big Tex Choice Awards finalists — the ones up for Best Taste and Most Creative. And yet, there are even more interesting foods that don't make that list.

The State Fair just announced two dozen new concession items. 

Newcomers include a chocolate wine cooler — yum? — and something called crunchy fried oinkers.

We're grateful for the new pecan pie poppers, a.k.a., fair food that doesn't make you go, "huh?"

We're grateful for the new pecan pie poppers, a.k.a., fair food that doesn't make you go, "huh?"

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More about the oinkers: Those are a pulled pork slider topped with barbecue sauce and pickles. The whole sandwich is then deep-fried. Because State Fair of Texas!

There's also a booth serving Howdy Homemade Ice Cream's Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip flavor. Howdy Homemade is a business in Dallas that employs people with special needs.

The pecan pie poppers — little brown-sugar mini muffins with pecans — look like a simple, sugary treat. The Piña-A lot-Tas look less simple: They're rum-soaked pineapples, deep-fried, that are meant to taste like a food form of a piña colada.

If it appears as though someone's taken a bite out of the State Fair Edible Cola cup, that's because someone has.

If it appears as though someone's taken a bite out of the State Fair Edible Cola cup, that's because someone has.

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Perhaps the oddest of them all is State Fair Edible Cola: a cup of Maine Root soda in cotton candy or candy apple flavor. It's served in edible, flavored cups made by Loliware, a company that Dallas' Mark Cuban invested in during an episode of Shark Tank

Concessionaires Justin and Rudy Martinez, who created fried Thanksgiving dinner at a past State Fair of Texas, are behind this new drink.

The edible cups are made, in part, from seaweed. They taste like a fruit roll-up, according to Loliware's website. Each cup (without the drink) is 135 calories. 

Once thirsty customers have finished their beverage, they can eat the cup instead of tossing it. Now that's new.

Full list of new foods at the State Fair of Texas:

  • Bacon Cream Corn 
  • Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 
  • Barnyard Burger 
  • Duel Lamb Chop Pop w/ Twice Baked Potato Fries 
  • Blackened Shrimp Baked Potato 
  • Fried Cajun Crisp 
  • Chocolate Tease Wine Cooler 
  • Fried Prime Rib Quesadill"O" 
  • Crunchy Fried Oinkers 
  • Loaded Bacon Mashed Potato Egg Roll
  • Dallas' Fried Bacontilla 
  • Lollipop Fried Bacon Wrapped Quail Breast on a Stick 
  • Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Tater' Dog 
  • Mama's Garlic Fries
  • Deep Fried Cannoli Bites 
  • Pecan Pie Poppers 
  • Deep Fried Clam Chowda 
  • Piña-A lot-Tas 
  • Deep Fried Nachos 
  • Shrimp Fritters
  • Deep Fried Smoked Salmon & Bacon Croquettes 
  • State Fair Edible Cola 
  • Doritos® Bacon Mozzarella Cheese Stick  
  • Turkey Leg Tacos 

See descriptions of each dish, and where to find them, on the State Fair's website.

The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 23 in Fair Park in Dallas. Here's your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the fair. A few highlights:

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