We’re the first ones to exclaim to the world that there is no such thing as good and bad foods. All foods in moderation can fit into a healthy diet – this is our mantra. We have no problem with the occasional treat or trying something on the “less healthy” side of the list every now and then. However, there are foods out there that seem a little higher on the scale of “less healthy” than others.
Are there any foods that should be on the no-go or “black list”? We thought we’d have a little fun with this idea and find the craziest, fat, sugar or salt-laden foods that defy all features of healthy food!
- Thanksgiving Waffle: In the spirit of our American friends celebrating Thanksgiving, we present a waffle like no other. Yes, it is a waffle complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and don’t forget the gravy! You may not need maple syrup on your waffles this time around. This baby comes courtesy of breakfast restaurant legend, Fran’s, in Toronto. No word on the nutritional values for these special waffles, but then again, people eating this aren’t probably the calorie counting types.
- Deep-fried Butter: As you’d expect from the name, these are simply balls of butter coated in batter and deep-fried. For four little butter balls, it will run you about 315 calories and 18 grams of fat. In context with other regularly available fare, it’s comparable to a honey cruller donut from your local coffee shop. Not the worst but we can only imagine what it must taste like…
- Double Down Sandwich: This offering is likely going to go down in infamy for the media attention it got when this outrageous menu item was announced by KFC in 2010. In fact, the media attention it garnered from TV personality Stephen Colbert, eating one on TV and dubbing it “a warped creation”, and social media frenzy prompted it to be offered around the world, in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and causing it to sell out in South Korea. If you’re not familiar with the Double Down, it is described as a sandwich of two fried chicken fillets instead of a bun holding together bacon and two kinds of melted cheese plus the special Colonel sauce. This sandwich will run you 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and a day’s worth of 1380mg sodium.
- Cronut Burger: First, let’s explain cronut for those not in the know – cronut = croissant-donut combination used as the bun for this extravagant hamburger. The cronut was originally the creation of pastry chef Dominique Ansel who sold them as a hybrid donut in her New York city bakery. Then, during Toronto’s 2013 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) two eateries got together to create the cronut burger. A beef burger patty topped with cheese, maple bacon jam and squeezed between two cronut “buns”. This is where the story gets unpleasant as the vendor selling the burgers ended up closing shop before the CNE ended because 150 people reportedly became sick after eating the hamburger. Sources now identify the maple bacon jam as the culprit for the staphylococcus aureus outbreak and we can presume that we are not going to see the likes of this cronut burger again for a long, long time.
- Bacon-wrapped Macaroni & Cheese stuffed Meatloaf: This is another example of pulling together 3 favourite comfort foods and trying to make them work together. We’re not so sure how we feel about this one. If you’re keen there are heaps of recipes on the web offering a variety of ways to make this (in a loaf pan, in muffin tins, etc.) that maybe we’ll leave this one for our readers to try for themselves.
Happy Black Food Friday everyone!
-Samantha & Sarah