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How to get fat at the CNE

Posted by Derek Flack / August 18, 2011

CNE Food 2011 TorontoYesterday's media preview finally afforded us the chance to get a good look at all this deep-fried CNE food we've been talking about since the donut cheeseburger was announced. Some of it looks great, some of it looks gross — but to say the options are high in calories would be an understatement. Some of these eats are downright monsters in that regard.

Just for the sake of it, let's put together an exemplary meal with caloric estimates:

  • A donut cheeseburger with bacon for dinner: 1,550 calories
  • Some fries for the side (size large): 560 calories
  • A pickle on a stick to cut some of the fat: 8 calories
  • A deep-fried cola for the novelty: 1000 calories
  • An actual coke because you need a drink (size large): 300
  • And a deep-fried Mars bar for dessert: 400 calories
  • TOTAL: 3818

By way of comparison, the calorie count on a double Big Mac combo:

  • Double Big Mac: 700 calories
  • Large fries: 560 calories
  • Large Coke: 300
  • Baked apple pie: 270
  • TOTAL: 1830

That ain't a pound for pound comparison given the extra items on the CNE list, but I suppose it gets the point across. In case anyone's wondering, a 165 pound male would have to ride a bike at over 20kph for five hours to burn all that 'lovin off. Caveat emptor!


deep-fried cheese curdsDeep-fried cheese curds

deep-fried mac and cheeseDeep-fried mac and cheese balls

donut cheeseburgerThe donut cheeseburger, with bacon!

Pizza on a stickPizza on a stick

deep-fried butterDeep-fried butter

deep-fried vachon cakesDeep-fried vachon cakes

CNE Food fried 2011Deep-fried Kool Aid

Deep-fried mac and cheeseDeep-fried mac and cheese on a stick

Deep-fried CNE foodDeep-fried something (care to guess?)

deep-fried pop tartsDeep-fried pop tarts

deep-fried cokeDeep-fried cherry cola (or maybe Kool Aid)


Caloric estimates for CNE items from vendors and online caloric calculators. Please take with a grain of salt. Portion sizes quoted for fries and drinks are "large." Caloric estimates for McDonald's items from the company's website.

Photos by Jesse Milns



Johnny Tronno / August 18, 2011 at 04:45 pm
I just threw up in my mouth!
Les / August 18, 2011 at 04:45 pm
I admit, I'm going to get those deep fried cheese curds.

Also really deep fried kool aid? Now we're getting out of hand...

Glenn / August 18, 2011 at 04:53 pm
Screw it. I'm doing it anyway. Calorie counting is for suckas.
Derek replying to a comment from Les / August 18, 2011 at 05:01 pm
Agreed. Those cheese curds might actually be amazing, but in small doses.
Vi / August 18, 2011 at 05:08 pm
Deep-fried mac and cheese on a STICK?! Heaven! If only it was covered in chocolate and drizzled with pieces of bacon...
cheese replying to a comment from Vi / August 18, 2011 at 05:28 pm
mac & cheese i will be trying for sure as well, the rest i will pass. But the CNE is known for their amazing international food booths as well!
MrPotato / August 18, 2011 at 05:44 pm
what ever happened to just frying potatoes? POTATOES!
Sarah / August 18, 2011 at 06:17 pm
The Deep Fried Mac & Cheese balls aren't very good. Tried them last year.
morga / August 18, 2011 at 06:47 pm
deep-fried something (care to guess?) Looks like a deep fried PB and J. Some of this stuff looks interesting. Its a once a year treat, and take a look at the lineups, mostly skinny people treating themselves. Go for a walk after and enjoy. No need to cause a fuss about it.
Drok / August 18, 2011 at 06:48 pm
I'm going to guess that picture was a deep fried PB & J?
ife / August 18, 2011 at 06:51 pm
what the hell is that in the first photo? deep fried centipedes???
MrPotato / August 18, 2011 at 06:53 pm
user-pic cant come up with your own have to make lame MrPotato comments ruining the greatness that is the original MrPotato...dont make me sick MsPotato on you!
Christie / August 18, 2011 at 07:58 pm
Deep-fried Oreos are also particularly delicious!
Fabio / August 18, 2011 at 07:59 pm
This reminds me of Epic Meal Time. They should come to Toronto and make a CNE special.
Bubb / August 18, 2011 at 08:09 pm
"Deep-fried" and "balls" should never be in the same sentence, it's just not right!
alex / August 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm
can i get a deep fried big mac?
jacki anne replying to a comment from Fabio / August 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm
haha !... Epic Meal time..

alls that is missing is some " SAWSS "
C / August 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm
Looking at those pictures just made me very, very hungry, even though I should technically be full from the giant chickpea and spinach salad I just scarfed down. I have to say, I'm quite intrigued by the deep fried Koolaid...I can't be the only one!?
andy / August 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm
they should just sell deep fried oil in batter
mmmmm-hmmm / August 19, 2011 at 07:26 am
Deep Fried Rob Ford sweat!!!!
sakura / August 19, 2011 at 07:53 am
I'm guessing the deep fried something = blueberry cheesecake. Why not?
Eric26 / August 19, 2011 at 08:43 am
The burger would be good if they used real doughnuts instead of Krispy Kreme.
Mr.M replying to a comment from Amelia / August 19, 2011 at 09:16 am
Do you eat?
MrM replying to a comment from Amelia / August 19, 2011 at 09:17 am
Do you eat?
Mr.M replying to a comment from Amelia / August 19, 2011 at 09:18 am
Do you eat??
kristina / August 19, 2011 at 09:33 am
i'm pretty sure the guess is deep fried bacon
Parker / August 19, 2011 at 09:45 am
Meh...over-the-top novelty foods. Give me a Conklin ice cream waffle or some Tiny Tom donuts any day.
Ryan D / August 19, 2011 at 10:23 am
I would have sexual relations with all deez foodz
Oh no! / August 19, 2011 at 10:37 am
look at all the fat people commenting.
Passer-by replying to a comment from Amelia / August 19, 2011 at 10:46 am
Deep fried refugees? What's your point caller?
Wendy / August 19, 2011 at 11:16 am
I have to admit, the deep fried pop tarts caught my eye. lol
abe / August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am
so fuckin hungry reading this.
Barb / August 19, 2011 at 01:27 pm
Guessing Deep Fried Blue Berry Scones?
Your Everyday Guy / August 20, 2011 at 03:27 pm
Why not add deep fried pizza on the stick and donut burger as option for an all deep fried menu? much carcinogen from a day worth of fried food makes me feel so anxious going to CNE and treat my family.
ife replying to a comment from MrM / August 20, 2011 at 08:39 pm
he really wants to know if you eat
Anon / August 21, 2011 at 05:40 pm
what is the difference in calories with pizza on a stick...
me / August 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm
does anyone know where to get the cheese curds?
Danielle / August 23, 2011 at 12:56 am
Ok, here is my somewhat embarrassing fried food roundup.
- Deep fried cola from the Food Building
- PROPER Corn Dog from the Food Building
- Deep Fried Butter from the Midway outside Direct Energy Centre
- DELICIOUS Butterfly Fries (think, apple cored, with potatoes instead)
- Deep Fried Brownie (NOT consumed by me, I would've died) Same place as Deep Fried Butter
- Deep Fried PB N J at the Thirsty Cactus

Verdict? The Butter was tasty, corn dog was too, skip the cola, skip the PB N J. The fries were a billion times better than any other fries everrr.
JR / August 23, 2011 at 05:45 am
Admittedly...some of the foods don't look too bad...! Others like the deep-fired Kool-Aid don't look appetizing to me but, if I were a child, it might be tempting. We have to be aware of what we eat and try to convey healthy eating habits to our children at a young age (it's not easy, I know). Everything is fine but in the right amounts. Thanks for drawing our attention to the calories of these foods.
Pauline S / August 23, 2011 at 01:12 pm
let's not forget the deep-fried: Oreos, brownies, nanaimo bars, Snickers, Twix and who knows what else XD

but hey, it's once a year, gotta live a little.
Pauline S / August 23, 2011 at 01:13 pm
the deep-fried pb&j was being eaten by someone behind me, it smelled pretty good
Cora / August 23, 2011 at 08:56 pm
The donut cheeseburger was delicious! Yummy.
M&M / August 31, 2011 at 08:53 pm
does any one know where to find the deep fried nanaimo bars?
Holly / September 2, 2011 at 05:42 pm
For those looking for the deep fried cheese curds, don't bother. It's actually deep fried "mac and cheese curds", which is mostly macaroni, fairly bland, and very disappointing (with maybe 5 cheese curds in the whole ~$7 order?). I was hoping to get something like a tastier fried mozzarella stick, but oh well. #firstworldproblems
Shelly / August 22, 2013 at 06:32 pm
I'm getting chest pains and high blood pressure just reading this....!

Do you know how many years the CNE has been offering all this stuff?
Was 2011 the first year?
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