With each changing season seems to come a new slew of foods with catastrophic calorie counts—you health-minded foodies out there know exactly what we’re talking about. And if you’ve ever been curious how bad these trendy eats actually are, you’re going to love our latest column: Worst Food in the World. In each installment, we find out just how villainous these nutritional nightmares really are. Taking center stage in today’s Cinco de Mayo edition is the Fried Margarita, a recipe featured on the blog Oh, Bite It.
This Cinco de Mayo monstrosity is made by cubing a store-bought lemon cake, soaking the pieces in a tequila-based margarita and then throwing them in a deep fryer. The cubes are then topped with a sugary glaze, lime zest and salt, and served in margarita glass. Before your mouth starts watering too much, you should know that this decadent dish comes in at 5,731 calories (that’s more than what you’d find in 21 Butterfingers), packs four and half day’s worth of fat and has more sugar than 114 Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Need that in weight loss terms? A 150-pound person would have to run for over seven hours to burn it off. Yikes! That does not sound like fun!
Sure, portion control will help the cause here a little bit, but it can only do so much. Even if you took on the fried margarita bites with five friends, you’d still take in a whopping 955 calories and 87 grams of sugar. Our advice: If you want to indulge in something festive for today’s holiday, enjoy a slimmed-down margarita (we like this recipe by Gimme Some Oven) or whip up our 15-Minute Cheese Chili for dinner. It comes in right about 570 calories and is loaded with 42 grams of muscle-building protein and 11 grams of belly-filling fiber.