Calorie Count of Your 10 Favorite Fair Foods

Beware, they may be tasty but they’re high in calories.

One of the best parts of heading to your county or state fairs is the amazing food selection. Who doesn’t love a corn dog washed down with a sweet, tart lemon shake-up? But before you go overboard trying the latest fried food fair fare, take a minute to go over the calorie counts of some of your favorite items. Just having one or two of these fair treats can send you well over your recommended daily calorie and fat count.

1. Corn dogs

These delicious hot dogs fried in cornmeal batter and served on a stick contain nearly 250 calories each.

2. Giant turkey leg

Popular at Medieval festivals, these giant legs of turkey have a whopping 1,136 calories.

3. Funnel cakes

Whether you call them funnel cakes or elephant ears, these fried, sweet treats contain 452 calories.

4. Fried pickles

Crunchy and just a bit little sweet, one serving (50 small pickle chips) sets you back 300 calories.

5. Cotton candy

Lower in calories than other fair food but still packed with sugar, one serving of cotton candy contains 171 calories.

6. Fried candy bars

Fried candy bars such as Snickers can contain a massive 444 calories each, which is nearly double the amount in a non-fried Snickers bar.

7. Fried Oreos

Frying this cookie, which is already caloric on its own, balloons each cookie up to 98 calories.

8. Lemon shake-ups

Shaken, not stirred. This sweet lemon treat can be refreshing on a hot day, but it also contains 254 calories per serving.

9. Carmel apples

Don’t let the fruit fool you – this fruit on a stick contain 360 calories each.

10. Taffy

Watching saltwater taffy being made is incredibly fun but when you’re ready to take it home, try to share with others. Just one 30-piece box contains 557 calories.

Our advice? Treat yourself to the one-a-year fair indulgence, but share your food purchases with family and friends and be sure to get in some exercise that day to burn off the extra calories.

Plus: 10 Best Food Festival Recipes From Around America

Sources: SELF Nutrition Data, WebMD, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center,

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