Rangers’ new deep-fried food-only stand features Fried S’mOreo (photo)
The Texas State Fair famously is known for its vendors’ penchant for dreaming up truly remarkable — and fattening — new forays into deep-frying. The Texas Rangers, inspired by the fried-in-fat prowess routinely on display at its home state’s annual fair, have come up with a way to pay homage to the legendary, artery-clogging showcase.
The team will open up a concession stand at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that specifically and exclusively serves up deep-fried items made famous at the Texas State Fair. The new stand will be called “State Fare.” Get it?
Delaware North, who runs concessions at the Rangers’ home ballpark, told ESPN that it decided to open the new stand because fried food traditionally hasn’t sold well during games. Wait. What?
“Fried items in the past haven’t done as well as we’ve hoped, and we think that’s because there hasn’t been one location to find it,” said Shawn Mattox, general manager of the Rangers’ food and beverage operations for Delaware North. “We’ve now solved that problem.”
The stand will feature such iconic items such as brisket macaroni and cheese balls, chicken-fried corn on the cob with buttermilk batter, fried pickles and something called funnel cake fries, but the item that will get mouths a-watering and waistlines expanding and cholesterol counts increasing is the Fried S’mOreo.
Mercy. The Fried S’mOreo consists of marshmallows breaded in graham cracker crust then fried. That component, already a gutbomb of goodness, will be then joined by two deep-fried Oreos on a skewer. All of that is then topped with chocolate sauce and Cool Whip. The price? Eight bucks.
Mattox also revealed the Rangers will open up another stand surely to attract lines: Just Bacon.
As the name suggests, bacon-only items will be offered, including bacon cotton candy, candied bacon and … bacon beer.
Sweet sassy molassey.
The Rangers are known for their outrageous concession items (see here and here), but between the Fried S’mOreo and Just Bacon stand, they may have taken the cake … or funnel cake fries.
It’s been a bang-up year so far in the introduction of crazy-ridiculous new concession items that will be featured at America’s ballparks this summer — the Churro Dog and Krispy Kreme Donut Dog highlight the list — but the Fried S’mOreo has to be the leader in the clubhouse for best new item. Future angioplasties be damned.
(all images courtesy of Delaware North)