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10 Festival Foods That Will Ruin Your Diet

The skinny on the fried, sugary and fat-filled foods you'll find at festivals and fairs

  • Corn dogs

    Corn Dog

    En español | Let's start with the crowd-pleasing battered dog. You take a hot dog, dip it in cornmeal batter, and deep fry it on a stick. That's a corn dog, a portable treat with somewhere around 250 calories and 14 grams of fat.— Fotosearch/Age Fotostock

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  • Funnel cakes

    Funnel Cake

    This is one of those summertime splurges that is so carbo-liciously yummy, you (almost) don't regret it in the morning. A hot, lumpy round of fried dough is about 760 calories, with 44 grams of fat.— Stockfood/Age Fotostock

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  • Three ice cream cones

    Large Ice Cream Cone

    It depends on the flavor and maker, as well as your definition of "large," but let's say you're looking at an 8-ounce serving of chocolate ice cream. That's around 500 calories and 22 grams of fat.— Stephanie Horrocks/iStockphoto

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  • French fries and ketchup

    French Fries

    A 7-ounce serving of fries will set you back 560 calories with 24 grams of fat. Note that this amount would be on the small side at many concession stands.— Peter Frank/Corbis

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  • Deep-Fried Twinkies

    Deep-Fried Twinkie

    This state fair classic seemed to be headed for the history books when Hostess went belly-up. But now a new manufacturer is reviving the cream-like-substance-filled confection. Fried, it's around 420 calories with 34 grams of fat.— Jim West/Alamy

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  • Cotton candy

    Cotton Candy

    This childhood staple — a melt-in-your-mouth cloud of spun sugar — is about 100 calories an ounce, with no fat. Your typical stick is about 1 ounce but it's all carbs, carbs and more carbs.— Corbis

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  • Onion rings

    Onion Rings

    Yes, onions are vegetables, but eight or nine fried rings have about 275 calories and at least 15 grams of fat.— Alamy

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  • Chicken-fried bacon

    Chicken-Fried Bacon

    Awarded the fried food award for Best Taste at the State Fair of Texas in 2008, this thick bacon with a "special" batter and breading is deep-fried and served with a side of creamy dip. Each piece has about 493 calories, before any dip. If you're worried enough to ask about its fat content, don't eat it.— Day Alice/Age Fotostock

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  • Krispy Kreme sandwich

    Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich

    This heart clogger can be found at the California State Fair, and possibly other festivals that fry anything edible. A wild estimate of total calories for the donut, chicken breast and a slice of cheese is 555, with around 25 grams of fat (and those numbers will rise if the chicken or cheese is fried).— Raymond Forbes/Age Fotostock

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  • Chocolate Fudge


    A 2-ounce piece of the dense chocolate sweet has about 225 calories, and 5.5 grams of fat.— Getty Images/iStockphoto

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