by Marion Nestle
Aug 31 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend: Eat!

It’s the end of summer and time to contemplate, if not visit, State Fairs selling increasingly imaginative deep-fried treats.  Apparently, deep-fried Oreos and deep-fried butter are so last year.

The Wall Street Journal tells us that the Great New York State Fair—in Syracuse, right now—has a better one: “Twinks.”

And what, pray tell, is a Twink?

The recipe:

  • Take one Twinkie.
  • Stuff with a Twix candy bar
  • Wrap in bacon.
  • Dip in batter.
  • Deep-fry.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.

The damage?  Just south of 1,000 calories.

And from Montana, Daniel Schultz sends this photo of the latest grocery store deal.  If you buy a soda cake (soda cake?) for $4.99, you get 2 liters of your favorite soft drink to wash it down, free.

Soda Cake

Drive carefully.

  • Joyce from Syracuse, NY

    As a retired registered dietitian, I have blinders for these food atrocities. We went to the New York State Fair on both the senior citizens’ days this past week (free admission) and had much healthier meals at the Pan African Village from a vegetable sub to Jerk fish with cabbage, rice and beans, and plantains. Maybe a little more salt and fat than I’d prefer but tasty and not like something I have made at home. Too bad there can’t be competition for more creative plant-based food choices.

  • Dragan

    I do not know the natural roaming range of soda cake, but I experienced it in Pennsylvania. To make it at home you use box mix and replace liquids with a can of soda.

  • Wow, that has to be terrible for you. Soda cake washed down with 2 sodas. And the sad thing it quite a few people will find this deal appealing due to colorful marketing…

  • Cactus Wren

    They’ve long ago passed the point of “It’s a state fair, a once-a-year celebration, so the food can be just-for-fun and doesn’t have to be good for you” and are actually competing to produce the most actively BAD-for-you edibles they can: appealing to a mindset not of “I’m going to eat this because I like it, even though it’s not very healthy” but of “This is disgusting, but I’m going to eat it BECAUSE it’s unhealthy!” This is the culinary equivalent of rolling coal.