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Fare to Avoid at the Fair

I find it more than a bit ironic that the foods most of us associate with going to the State Fair are fried, processed and just plain bad for you. The fair is supposed to be a celebration of farming and farm life (I love visiting all the animals from 4H competitions). I would think the food at fairs would feature fresh produce rather than deep fried food served on sticks. Last year, the Minnesota State Fair featured 54 different food items conveniently served on sticks, and it seems our desire for deep fried food runs deep as soon as our feet hit the fairground.

Here is a list of fare to avoid when you go to the fair. Keeping these items out of your belly might just keep you from belly aching after riding the Tilt-a-Whirl or the Zipper.

  • Fried Snickers (5 oz.): 444 calories and 29 grams (g) fat
  • Fried Twinkie (2 oz.): 420 calories/34 g fat
  • Funnel cake (1): 760 calories/44 g fat
  • Twinkie Dog Sundae: 500 calories/14 g fat
  • Cotton candy: 171 calories/0 fat
  • Fried cheesecake (6 oz.): 655 calories/47 g fat
  • Foot-long hot dog and bun: 470 calories/26 g fat
  • Giant turkey leg: 1,136 calories/54 g fat

Let me just remind you that deep fried Twinkies are as bad for you as they sound.

Tell me, what is the most outrageous food you have eaten at a fair? I am curious so let me know in the comments section below.

Marci Marci 10 years
Yeah, what is up with the turkey leg being so bad?? But I rarely eat anything at fairs because that kind of food just makes me nauseous.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 10 years
Everybody needs a cheat day, and my day at the fair is always a major cheat day (cheese curds are the best). I will be attending The Great Minnesota Get-together in a couple weeks, and I will definitely be having a lot of food on a stick- fried, sugary, or otherwise :). If deep-fried twinkies aren't your thing, try a deep-fried snickers bar; it is like melted chocolate and nuts wrapped in a pancake.
misslarue misslarue 10 years
I can never pass up the corn dogs.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
how does one fry cheescake? and why would you want to? aksjdf;lk yuck. bleh. so glad that the last time i was at a fair like thing they had subway stands... so much better then any deep fried whatever.
curlykel13 curlykel13 10 years
I work out at least an hour every day, 5 times a week, don't eat any meat besides fish and even I think that fried Twinkie looks good... I'll definitely try a bite (or 2 or 8) of that before I die.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
The Maryland Renaissance Fair has "mac & cheese on a stick" YES this means they batter & deep fry mac & cheese. I am loathe to admit that I did indeed have a bite.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 10 years
Deep fried twinkies just taste so good though! My small town has a large state fair every year. Every year I end up going (even though I say I won't) and eatting all that junky fair food. My stomach hates me after, but I eat healthy the rest of the year so I figure why not?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I have to admit, while on a business trip, I was in Oklahoma City, and they had a cheesecake ben-yay (that is how it sounds, hav e no idea how it is spelled) anyways, I ordered it not knowing that it was indeed cheesecake, fried, and rolled in toasted coconut. May i say, that i am gladi don't live this restaurant, but boy am i happy about trying it...IT WAS DELISH! I Shared it with my coworkers so i didn't eat the whole piece (it was huge) but probably one of the best things i have ever tried dessert wise!
celeb_addicted04 celeb_addicted04 10 years
WHO EATS FRIED CHEESECAKE??..thats sooo grosss..and the fried snickers adn twinkie...omg
sheena sheena 10 years
It's not really outrageous, but I love those giant dill pickles on a stick... but they are sooo messy!
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I say that is what the Fair is for! You only live once, and you do have to walk around all day! Funnel cake and cotton candy are my favorite! And my boyfriend LOVES the giant turkey legs. I always pay for it the next day when my stomach hates me for putting all that fat and grease in!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Good Lord, why is the turkey leg so bad? Are regular turkey legs that bad for you?!
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 10 years
I live in Minneapolis, I am all too aware of our state fairs obsession with foods on a stick, they introduce 1 or 2 new ones every year! I get so freaked out about eating there (after all for ALOT of people it's the main reason they go, who doesn't love fried cheese curds and entire $30 bucket of martha's chocolate chip cookies?) that I usually refuse to eat anything but this chicken vegetable pita thing, watermelon, and sometimes a fat free frozen yogurt...then I'll have a few nibbles of my boyfriends tasty fried treats he gets.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Our state fair had fried coke last time iw as there, but didn't try it. as i mentioned before, i tasetd a fried oreo and had a sausage. mmm.
CillaB8 CillaB8 10 years
Oh, I have had the deep fried Snickers before too. It is much better, but man, you can feel your arteries clogging as you munch. I can only handle one bite.
CillaB8 CillaB8 10 years
At my State Fair this year, they had deep fried Pepsi. They pour the Pepsi into the batter and fry it so quickly that it keeps some of the liquid in the little bite-size balls. I didn't like it; it's tasted like burnt cola.
BatKitty BatKitty 10 years
LOL i had no idea twinkies could be fried,..i've been living too long in europe.In south spain we usually have all kinds of candy candy,popcorn, fresh coconut,burguers, sandwiches, almonds and buñuelos (little donuts with sugar/chocolate...etc), at the night fair, and surprisingly enough the healthier tapas are served during the day fair.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Going to a fair in a couple of weeks. I will be getting cotton candy, 'fair food' of choice. I used to show at 4H exibits every year growing up by my mom would always take us to the vendor selling milk and the "home cooked" kitchen. Ahhh memories. Fried Twinkies... never came by them but have heard OF them, one time a couple of years ago my sister and I set out one drab Friday night and got the necessary ingredients for our experiment and tried them at home. Not sure if they turned out right but... eeeewwww!!!
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
It is beyond me why anybody would consume something like this. What sort of mindset do you need to be in?
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
GROSS! What the hell is that in the picture?! Just the sound of "deep fried __________" makes my stomach churn.
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
Oh but I love Funnel cakes!!!!
nslods nslods 10 years
At a fire company's fair, they were making Road Apples (which, being in Amish country, if you knew what they were named offer, they'd be pretty gross). Anyway, they were basically a big Oreo cookie deep fried in the batter used for funnel cakes. Just looking at it made me want to have a heart attack!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
OMG, I LOVE funnel cake! Thanks for this list.
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 10 years
LOL!!! Rodeo food is like that too, ickkkkkk! Love that you mentioned all of this, because the (South Dakota) Sioux Empire Fair (coming up!) is FULL of this junk! (Also love that you mentioned the personal favorite!!!)
Random2 Random2 10 years
Some of that seems to rate right up there with deep fried pizza pops. Deep fried twinkies, Snickers and cheesecake? Yuck!
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