The new American food bar that's opened at Intu Derby's food court

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A taste of Texas has come to Intu Derby's food court!

Frank’s Corndogs opened today in the shopping centre and customers have been positive about the new lunch option.

The corndog was originally invented by German immigrants in Texas and is a sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter on a stick.

Frank's, which has filled the food court space vacated by Bagel Nash, offers a number of different corndogs including options with cheese and chilli. It even has the "Quorndog" for vegetarians.

You can order cheesecake lollipops on a stick as well as your choice of toppings including Smarties and popcorn.

Franks Corndogs where Bagel Nash used to be

Kat Nicholson, alongside her partner Toni Esberger, founded the business and have known each other since school.

Kat said: “We’ve been here since the early morning trying to sort things out and making sure it runs smoothly.

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“I think it’s really important that this is the first food stall of its kind to be here. We chose Derby because this place has been great for us.

“We can’t explain how they taste though. You'll have to try them for yourselves.”

Doug Weller, who hails from Florida but now lives in Normanton, said that they were the “best corndogs he has ever tasted” and “beat the ones that are sold in stores.”

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He said: “It’s my birthday today and I just had to come down for these after I tried them at a Derby food festival.

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“They are great. They rival some of the ones that I’ve had in America. I just had to come down and get one again because they taste brilliant.”

Phill Morton, 30, was one of the customers who tried the cheese corndog meal for £5.49.

A cheese corndog meal with a cheesecake lollipop on a stick with marshmellows

He said: “I thought it was good. Sometimes you get these things that you think you’ve got to try but they aren’t amazing. I thought it was a bit expensive for the amount that you get but apart from that, it’s alright.”

We bought two veggie corndogs from Frank’s with ketchup and mustard on both of them.

A chilli corndog meal with curly fries

Our social media editor, George Allen, said that it tasted like “a hotdog with a soft batter.”

He added that he thought the corndog was “pretty filling” and suitable for lunch but that there wasn’t enough sauce.

Frank’s Corndogs will be at the shopping centre until mid-January.