The Ugly Ugly Truth about Fair Food!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Monday,

Warning: If you plan on going to the Texas State Fair, and want to actually enjoy any of the fried creations, stop reading! Come back and read this after you have been to the fair, or else you will not be able to enjoy any of the heart stopping, artery clogging, cholesterol raising, fat laden food that is Texas State Fair tradition.

Eric and I went to the fair on Friday, and I admittedly tried a few of the fried monstrosities! We tried chicken fried bacon (luckily we convinced the guy to give us a sample instead of a full serving), fried cookie dough, funnel cake, and fried peaches and cream. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who was all to happy to share/let me try all of these sinful treats. I can not even imagine trying to eat a whole serving by myself. My favorites were definitely the fried cookie dough and the funnel cake! Eric loved the fried peaches and cream. I refrained from doing the research for this blog until after the fair, knowing there would be no way I could enjoy myself if I knew what I know now. Ignorance was definitely bliss in this situation! After scouring the internet, I was able to find the nutrition facts (some of them are estimates) for many of the State Fair staples. I hope you are sitting down when you read these! Let's just say I will be logging a few extra miles to make up for my transgressions this weekend. Life's all about balance right? :)

Deep Fried Smores Pop-Tarts
Calories: 832, Calories from fat: 131, Carbohydrates: 115g, Sugar: 69g, Fat: 36g

Fried Cobb Salad (Just because the word "salad" is in the name definitely does not mean it's healthy!)
Calories: 1,021, Calories from fat: 645, Carbohydrates: 73g, Sugar: 9g, Fat: 72g

Texas Fried Frito Pie (This won the "Best Taste" award. I wasn't brave enough to find out for myself.)
Calories: 599, Calories from fat: 417, Carbohydrates: 27g, Sugar: 4g, Fat: 46g

Deep Fried Frozen Margarita (I thought the whole point of a margarita was to be cold and refreshing?)
Calories: 740, Calories from fat: 217, Carbohydrates: 102g, Sugar: 37g, Fat: 25g

Fried Beer (I heard this wasn't even good, and I highly doubt they used light beer!)
Calories: 397, Calories from fat: 135, Carbohydrates: 58g, Sugar: 4g, Fat: 15g

Fried Chocolate (We sat next to a couple that said this tasted like a really yummy brownie.)
Calories: 434, Calories from fat: 210, Carbohydrates: 52g, Sugar: 23g, Fat: 23g

Fried Lemonade (this just sounds gross)
Calories: 749, Calories from fat: 269, Carbohydrates: 114, Sugar: 77g, Fat: 30g

Funnel Cake (I'm ashamed to admit it, but this was so good! Funnel Cake is my weakness!)
Calories: 740, Fat: 44g

Fried Snickers (I can't believe Eric passed this one up!)
Calories:  444, Fat: 29g

Fried Cheesecake
Calories: 655, Fat: 47g

Fried Twinkies (This one was very popular!)
Calories: 420, Fat: 34g

The World Famous Turkey Leg (This one is completely unbelievable!!!)
Calories: 1,136, Fat: 54g

Nutrition facts compliments of: Scribd and

Here are the other temptations Eric and I gave in to. Unfortunately (maybe it was really a blessing), I could not find the nutrition information for these foods:

Chicken Fried Bacon

Fried Cookie Dough

Fried Peaches and Cream

I know the State Fair is a once a year event, and you have to live it up while it's here, but can you believe those numbers. The really scary thing is that some people will eat 4-5 of those treats BY THEMSELVES! Even with Eric and I splitting (and letting him have a bigger portion), packing a healthy lunch, and walking around all day I still felt gross at the end of the day. Moral of the story: induldge in moderation, share with a friend, walk it off, and THANK GOODNESS THE FAIR ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR!

Food for thought:
Were you shocked by those numbers?
If you have been to the fair, what was your favorite fried creation?
Yours truly,

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One Response to “The Ugly Ugly Truth about Fair Food!”

  1. holy fried goodness! where did you get the nutritional info, btw? they didn't provide it, did they?

    nonetheless, that smores pop-tart looks genius.:)


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