The State Fair is all about excess.
You can worry about fat grams and cholesterol the other 50 weeks of the year. The two weeks of the State Fair are all about good food that is bad for you.
Let's dispense with the healthy options right away. You can find grilled chicken and even salads in a place or two.
Now on to the good stuff. Which is really the bad stuff.
The waaaaaay bad stuff.
Some new choices and old favorites stand out as the most decadent choices in fair food.
(And here's hoping that next year will bring one of the Texas State Fair's latest offerings - deep fried butter. Really.)
Here's what we found.
1. Sweet Piggy. That's the name given to chocolate-covered bacon. It's new to our State Fair this year, but it's been showing up in fairgrounds around the country. (It's called Pigs in the Mud in the Midwest.)
Ryan and Nichole Collmer said they heard about it at other fairs. Nichole's family has several booths around the fair (including the Giant Corn Dogs stand), and the South Carolina fair folks inquired about chocolate-covered bacon.
It starts with a piece of pre-cooked bacon, which is dipped into melted milk chocolate, refrigerated until it hardens and then topped with a few sprinkles of powdered sugar.
"It surprisingly works," said Nichole Collmer. "It's the salty and the sweetness combined."
Cost: $5 for four pieces
2. Hot and Fresh Mini Donuts. A long-time fair favorite, these sugar- and cinnamon-coated doughnuts come in a bag of 28.
You can watch them being cooked in a conveyor belt before the sugary coating is added.
The booth is at the entrance to the fair, allowing visitors to start with them on the way in or pick up a bag to eat on the way home.
Cost: $5 for a bag of 28 doughnuts
3. Deep-fried Pepsi. This is the third year for deep-fried Pepsi-based dough, "so if it's still on the menu, you know it's still popular," said Jeremy Orme, who runs the "Deep Fried" booth at the fair.
Cost: $4 for four Pepsi bursts
No. 4. Corn-nana. Also new this year, a battered and deep-fried banana on a stick, covered in chocolate. It's eaten like a corn dog (we'll get to them later), with the same batter as the Giant Corn Dogs stand. The corn-nanas are sold at the same place as the chocolate-covered bacon, so you can get your meat and fruit fix in one stop.
No. 5. Deep-fried candy and cookies. You can find it all at the Home of the Famous Deep Fried fill-in-the-blank stand.
Vendor Jeremy Orme fries everything from Milky Way candy bars and Oreo cookies to cookie dough. (The uncooked chocolate chip dough is dipped in funnel cake batter and then deep fried.)
He said the best-sellers are the fried Oreos, cookie dough and Snickers.
Cost: The fried candy bars are $4; four fried Oreos are $3; and the fried cookie dough is $4. Or if you really need that fried sweets fix, he offers a special combination plate: one fried Snickers or Milky Way bar, 1 fried Reeses cup and two fried Oreos for $7.
No. 6. Cherry bombs. Back to the Sweet Piggy booth for these. Cherries are covered with chocolate, refrigerated and then covered in a light, sweet batter before they are fried.
"We called them cherry bombs because they burst with the chocolate and the cherry," said vendor Ryan Collmer.
Cost: $3 for four cherries
No. 7. Elephant ears. Fried dough - enough said.
But then you can cover it with everything from powdered sugar and cinnamon to fruit toppings.
Cost: $5 to $6
No. 8. Corn dogs.
Along with elephant ears and Fiske fries, these are the most popular food choices at the fair.
A hot dog (or two or three) on a stick is dipped in batter and deep fried to a crispy golden brown.
Cost: They range in sizes and prices, with a small starting at $4.