It’s that time of year. The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto marks the end of yet another summer. Along with all the rides, music and fun, are foods that are meant to shock, wow and maybe give you an instant heart attack.
When I speak with Jerry Agar on Newstalk1010 every week, we talk about “Eat This, Not That” and this week the producer sent me some doozies. Very tough to decide on any of these but I broke it all down for you to see how I’m thinking. Let us know if you try any of the below and if it was worth it.
POUTINE GRILLED CHEESE: A grilled cheese sandwich stuffed to the max with cheese curds and fries, with a side of warm gravy for dipping! (Coffee Zone, Midway)
My thoughts: Bread with cheese curds, fried potato and then gravy. Other than a enough sodium to give you an instant heart attack, this is a carb overload in every bite.
POUTINE BALLS: A Canadian staple gets a Bavarian twist! Buttery mashed potato balls are stuffed with authentic cheese curds, then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy golden brown. Once plated, the Poutine Balls are smothered with Bavarian style gravy and even more cheese curds! (Vienna, Food Building)
My thoughts: Mashed potato, cheese, rolled in breadcrumbs then deep fried. Then gravy (think salt overload) and more cheese.
Verdict – The poutine balls being deep fried pushes it over the edge with heated saturated fat, which is the worst kind. I’m hoping that the fries that are in the poutine grilled cheese equal less deep fried-ness.
BACON WRAPPED GRILLED CHEESE: Six strips of bacon weaved around a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with aged cheddar and mozzarella, served with spicy sweet chili ketchup. (Bacon Nation, Food Building)
My thoughts: Six strips of bacon (when do you ever eat that much?), bread and stuffed with two kinds of cheese.
FROSTED FLAKE BATTERED CHICKEN ON A STICK: Juicy battered chicken rolled in Frosted Flakes and deep fried to sweet crunchy tenderness! (Iron Skillet Sirloin Tips, Food Building)
My thoughts: Chicken –ok that’s good protein– then battered with sugar-laden Frosted Flakes and deep fried.
If you peeled off the Frosted Flakes then I’d be happy. Assuming that you are going for this because of all the battered-ness, then that’s not going to happen.
Verdict: These two really are on par with each other in terms of the saturated, heart-hurting fats. Both from the bacon and then from the battered and fried chicken. What the chicken does have going for it is that there are no nitrates and it would have a lot less sodium, as bacon is high in both.
Can’t believe I’m going to say this but… maybe a slight tip towards the chicken.
DEEP FRIED CHEESECAKE: Creamy cheesecake battered and deep-fried, need we say more? (Pickle Pete’s, Midway)
My thoughts: Where do people dream these things up! I like cheesecake and think that this is just wrong. So we’ve got the fat heavy cheesecake, then it’s battered and deep fried. Saturated fat over and over again. Let’s not forget that it’s got some sugary drizzle on it too.
TIMBITS POUTINE: A delightful takeaway dessert best eaten with a fork! A sweet “poutine” made of Tim Horton’s Timbits decked out in delicious dessert toppings. Luscious combinations include Chocolate Lovers, Birthday Cake, Oreo, Cinnamon French Toast, and Chocolate Salted Caramel. (Tim Hortons, Food Building)
My thoughts: Another deep fried, heart-attack-waiting-to-happen right here. Mixed with the sugary Timbits with all these insane flavours, artificial colours and saltiness (if you choose that way).
Verdict: Calorie-wise the cheesecake is going to take up least a third the daily norm of your intake. The quantity of Timbits looked to me like it was about four of them which could actually rival the cheesecake at around 400 cals – maybe less depending on your choice. Then the sweet toppings are added, as well as salt or other sprinkle type something. Either are a health hazard from a nutrition stand point so this is my toughest call of the three. Out of curiosity, I’d taste a mouthful of the cheesecake. Cause if it’s not good cheesecake, deep fried or otherwise, it’s not worth it!
I get that it’s fun to try new foods, but really are any of the above really food? I think not. Tread carefully. I fear for your heart!