State Fair Food Nightmares
Jul 19, 2011
Here are the most outrageous foods you’ll find at fairs across the nation.
Summer can mean a lot of visits to local fairs and festivals. You don’t need a dietitian to tell you that the menu options at the local fair are going to be bad for your diet. True to tradition, the latest between-ride snacks to grace fairgrounds are battered, deep-fried, sugar-coated, or all of the above. From old standards (funnel cake) to more creative concoctions, the fare at the fair will reliably bust your gut. Here are some of the most outrageous, waist-expanding foods we’ve seen at festivals across the nation.
Funnel Cake - 760 calories, 44 g fat
Compared with some of the more exotic concoctions, this state fair staple seems like it ought to be healthier by comparison. Still, fried dough and powdered sugar aren't going to do anyone’s gut a favor, so make sure you split this one with the family.
Giant Turkey Leg - 1,140 calories, 54 g fat
Sure, turkey is generally healthier than other meats, but when you’re chowing down on a 1-plus-pound drumstick, most of those benefits go out the window. Giant turkey legs are deep-fried with the skin on, which translates to loads of extra fat and calories.
Deep-Fried Cheesecake - 660 calories, 47 g fat
A regular slice of cheesecake weighs in at about 260 calories and 18 g of fat. Battering it and sticking it in the deep-fryer more than doubles your intake of both.
Deep-Fried Snickers - 450 calories, 35 g fat
Deep-fried candy bars—like deep-fried Twinkies—take a bad thing for your waistline and somehow make it worse. A fried regular-size bar contains about 450 calories, but if you go for the king-size version, you’ll tuck in a tidy 700 calories.
Deep-Fried PB&J - About 1,000 calories, 30 g fat
Bet your mom didn’t pack one of these for your lunch. Before frying, a plain peanut butter and jelly sandwich can contain 500 calories and 24 g of fat, says Sarah Krieger, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Cover it in batter and dunk it in oil, and your simple sandwich can pack about 1,000 calories.