NBC NewschannelPublished: October 15, 2009
When Abel Gonzalez’s fried butter won the Texas State Fair’s prize for most original fried food, it was funny - not appetizing.
But the cute, little balls of gluttony have turned into a huge hit and turned some big heads.
Deep fried butter.
The State Fair of Texas prides itself on deep frying everything.Oreos, peanut butter and jelly, snickers bars, dirty boots, peanut butter cups, macaroons, twinkies. But deep fried butter is opening a new realm.
“I never had a clue that people were going to have this kind of reaction to it,“ said Gonzalez, otherwise known as ‘The Fried Butter Man’. “I just thought hey, you know, fried butter why not…never had a clue.“
But Abel Gonzalez is the architect of the fried butter phenomenon.
What kind of process do you go through when deciding to purchase fried butter?
“I always get certain things when I come to the fair,“ said one unidentified fried butter customer,
“A Fletcher’s corn dog, funnel cake and a novelty item. So this is it."
But in a strictly unofficial survey of State Fair-goers who sampled fried butter, everyone approved.
“It’s good, it’s great,“ offered one customer.
“Was there a party in your mouth?““Yes.““And who was invited?““The grape jelly.“ “Everyone was invited."
And everyone’s invited to Abel’s carney version of Sodom and Gomorrah.
By the way. Fried butter? It tastes like toast.
And Abel says the taste of buttered toast was exactly what he was shooting for.