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.
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.