Thursday, August 19, 2010

Donut burgers, cream puffs and other fattening fair foods

What is it about State Fairs that has you eating things you normally wouldn't?

In Wisconsin, people line up for a fresh-baked cream puff, pastry filled with whipped cream. (Nope, I don't like them.)

In Indiana, it's not only chocolate bacon (?) but the donut burger. Yes, that's right: a burger between two deep-fried Krispy Kreme donuts. And I heard on the news - it supposedly comes in at a whopping 1,500 calories.


I don't get this trend for selling and everyone choking down these incredibly fat, high-calorie meals at and outside the fair - enough for a day's worth of meals!!

Salads that turn out to be far from healthy; coffee drinks and shakes with a day's worth of calories; crazy calorie burgers, chicken turned into a fat feast, etc.

Yes you have to read the labels, and yes, it's up to you to watch what you eat and yes, sometimes you like a splurge. Still, it's almost shameful that companies, restaurants, food manufacturers etc. are helping people shovel their way to an early grave with foods that are so ridiculous in the calorie and fat department.

None of these sound good, but I admit that I have my own weakness: that terrible rich elephant ear turned into a turtle ear - fried dough (uh-oh!) with chocolate, nuts and caramel. Nope, haven't had one yet but one last fair is coming up. Nope I don't want to know the calorie or fat count. At least sharing it, I'll only get half the calories! ha!


Lisa Hall said...

The combination of rides and bad-for-you food led one of my friends to say it best. "You don't feel like you've been to the fair unless you leave sick."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the elephant ears, too. Here in the south, everything at the fair is deep fried. And I do mean everything!