Mardi Gras, is commonly thought of as a weeklong celebration, but it's actually the last day before the fasting season of Lent. Mardi Gras, literally translated, means Fat Tuesday, and that's today, one last opportunity for merrymaking and indulgence before Lent.
And what's a day of debauchery without some serious consumption of foods high in calories and fat?
Today The Augusta Chronicle presents a list of foods that could play a part in your Mardi Gras madness.
For comparison's sake, keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends daily caloric intake as follows: 1,600 for young children, women and some older adults; 2,200 for older children, teen-age girls, active women and most men; 2,800 for teen-age boys and active men. But worry about the recommendations tomorrow. Here are some foods for today:
Brand, Item, Calories, Grams fat
Cinnabon, Classic Cinnabon with frosting, 700, 24; Pecanbon, 1,100, 56
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chunky Chicken Pot Pie, 770, 42
Burger King, Double Whopper with cheese, 1,020, 65
Dairy Queen, regular-size Heath Blizzard, 820, 33
Long John Silver's Homestyle Fish Dinner (includes four pieces of fish, fries, slaw and two hushpuppies), 960, 46
Taco Bell Nachos Bell Grande, 760, 39
Wendy's, Big Classic Double with cheese, french fries, biggie Frosty and large chocolate chip cookie, 2,224, 110
Sonic Drive-in, Extra Long Cheese Coney, 666, 42; regular-sized tater tots, 259, 16
Oreos, bag of Double Stuf, 2,250, 126
Lay's, Classic potato chips 121/4-size bag, 1,800, 120
Oscar Mayer, package of bacon, 700 calories, 60 grams fat
Sara Lee, family-size poundcake, 1860, 102
Mayfield, Turtle Tracks select ice cream (half gallon), 2,720 , 128
Krispy Kreme, dozen doughnuts, 2,400, 132
Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints, 1,440, 81
Coca-Cola, six-pack, 900, 0
Funnel cake, 6-inch piece, 285, 15
Sources: The Complete Revised and Updated Fast Food Guide, The Most Complete Food Counter and company Web sites