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I have two words for you: Fried butter. I kid you not.

Fried butter is among eight dishes contending for Monday’s fifth annual Big Tex Choice Awards, which showcases the top new foods at this year’s fair. Fried butter will duke it out with other fine fried foods, including the fried sweet potato, fried peach and fried pork loin.

Deep Fried Butter is the creation of Abel Gonzales Jr., who’s received previous Big Tex honors for his Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Coke and Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich.

If there were a Big Tex Fried Food Hall of Fame, Gonzales would be in it.

This year’s creation started with a hankering for buttered toast. He wondered how he could incorporate the taste he loved into a State Fair dish.

Scoops of pure butter the size of golf balls are frozen and covered with dough and dropped into the deep fryer. Bite into a ball and melted butter pours out.

This is no health food, but Gonzales says it tastes rich – and good.

“There’s nothing better than to have a piece of warm bread with melted butter all over it,” Gonzales said. “Who’s not going to want that?”

I feel like this is a culmination of some kind, but of what I couldn’t quite say. If you’ll excuse me, I’m late for a cholesterol test. Thanks to my friend Ellen for passing this along to me.

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