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5 Worst Amusement Park Foods

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5 Worst Amusement Park Foods

By Brie Cadman, DivineCaroline

Summertime is high time for amusement park vacations. But a few days among the roller coasters and Disney characters might leave you with more than you bargained for—including a few extra pounds. While running from one roller coaster to the next at Six Flags or exploring every aspect of Disney’s Frontierland might entail serious caloric expenditure, it’s not likely to combat the temptation of churros, funnel cakes, chili-cheese fries, and the abundance of foods that simply scream to be sampled.

Surely a good vacation means leaving the calorie-counting at home and indulging a bit in such once-a-year treats. But some of these park offerings might leave you with buyer’s remorse … and indigestion.

Funnel Cakes
Nothing says “summertime fair food” like funnel cakes. Fried batter topped with powdered sugar and served warm—it’s like a plate-size doughnut. Though usually eaten just once a year, this indulgence can either be bad or really bad. Sea World in San Diego, for instance, serves up a Brownie à la Mode Funnel Cake—a chocolate funnel cake topped with vanilla soft-serve and hot fudge. Knott’s Berry Farm tops theirs with chocolate syrup and bacon. And Six Flags has various deluxe versions of the traditional; you can have it with ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, sweetened apples, strawberries … you name it, and you can pretty much get it on your funnel cake.

Better bet: instead of going all out, opt for regular, plain funnel cake and split it; at over 750 calories and forty grams of fat, it’s worth sharing.

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10:45AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

thanks

7:01PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

I hate all the rest. I only like my fries plain and non-greasy. But I really love funnel cake. :(

6:31AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Eaten as a treat, once in a while, these things are not so bad if a healthy diet is usually followed.

12:57PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thanks. Even at Sea World in Orlando where they have healthy alternatives, they still serve bad things for the body such as french fries

5:46PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

I eat "fair food" probably once in five years.
each time I eat less of whatever I order. More goes in the trash as my son (now adult) also has lessening desire for more than a bite or two.
Economic reality is that these frozen fried things equate to park/festival profits, far more than fresh foods.

My great downfall? fried artichoke at the Colorado Renaissance Fair.

4:11PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

thank you

10:47PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Okay, fine, so fair food is bad for your health. Yet while at the fair what do people do? Walk to see this, walk to go on the ride, walk to the show, stand in line, walk some more to get food, walk to the bathroom, walk to get a drink of water... If you do it right, you've walked off more calories than what you ate.

Although as a vegetarian, I'd never eat the corndogs or anything fried in animal fat...

10:15AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

thanks for the info

7:48AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Panic everyone! Panic! Better to get a salad! Dressing? Are you insane? No dressing for you! And forget about the crouton. And the carrot has too much sugar.

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9:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Tried funnel cake for the first time last year. Still undecided whether I liked it or not hmm... and I want to try the vegetarian version of the corn dog!

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