The assignment: Crunch the nutritional data on some typical festival desserts and find at least five alternatives to the king of the dietary disaster hill, the elephant ear.
At one point, ordering one of those was standard operating procedure for us whenever the Bluffton Street Fair rolled around. But running the numbers makes this treat much less appealing. Is it really worth 524 calories, 85 carbs and 15 grams of fat? That’s 14 Weight Watchers points plus — and that’s not even including the extra sugar sprinkled on top.
Here are 5 alternatives our home school health class came up with:
1. ZUM stik — This was the clear favorite, according to Colleen, for four reasons: “It was fruity, it was chocolatey, it had marshmallows, and it was on a stick.” According to our calculations, this chocolate coated fruit-and-marshmallow kabob comes out to 6 Weight Watchers points — and probably even slightly less when you consider that some of the chocolate shell inevitably falls off as you’re eating it.
2. Caramel apple — Another sweet treat incorporating real fruit with actual fiber. Comes out to nearly 300 calories, but with 5 grams of fiber and only 3 grams of fat, it’s also 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
3. Pineapple whip — Another tasty 6-point treat.
4. Soft serve ice cream cone — Depending on whether ice milk or ice cream is used — and assuming this is a standard cone instead of the waffle variety — this comes in at either 4 or 5 points. The only down side: Since we get McDonald’s low-fat cones fairly often, this doesn’t seem like much of a special street fair treat. But it is tasty.
5. Our homemade diet elephant ear — Another 6 point treat, and this one has the distinction of actually somewhat resembling an elephant ear in appearance and taste. The only drawback: Needs to be prepared at home afterward.