Outrageously Fattening Foods Around the World (Slideshow)

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This popular Brazilian dish is made from peeled black-eyed peas that are mushed-up into a ball and deep-fried… in palm oil! The balls are then cut in half and stuffed with shrimp, sauce, and trimmings. For the record, palm oil is one of the healthier oils going because it’s trans fat-free, but it is high in calories, making it a great oil to supplement a staple food diet, but not so good if you’re watching your waistline.

Acarajé, Brazil

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This popular Brazilian dish is made from peeled black-eyed peas that are mushed-up into a ball and deep-fried… in palm oil! The balls are then cut in half and stuffed with shrimp, sauce, and trimmings. For the record, palm oil is one of the healthier oils going because it’s trans fat-free, but it is high in calories, making it a great oil to supplement a staple food diet, but not so good if you’re watching your waistline.

Churros, Spain

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A churro is a long Spanish doughnut (also popular in France, the Philippines, Portugal, and Latin America). Legend has it that Portuguese traders brought something similar to the churros back to Europe from their travels through the Orient, but this Spanish version has since evolved. It’s deep-fried, dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and eaten either by itself or dipped in a bowl of thick chocolate.

Poutine, Canada

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Originally from Quebec, this delicious Canadian favorite is often (affectionately) referred to as a heart-attack in a bowl and is made with french fries before being topped off with cheese curds and a thick brown-gravy sauce. It’s salty, cheesy, and so outrageously fattening! 

Khachapuri, Georgia

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This traditional dish is basically bread filled with melted cheese. The leavened bread is left to rise then shaped in all manner of ways, a favorite is to form it into a type of boat shape (called acharuli). The center is then filled with cheese (a lot of cheese), a raw egg or two, and other tasty ingredients. Other versions include achma, which has multiple layers of cheese and other ingredients, and ossuri which includes potato as well as cheese with the filling.

Aligot, France

This delicious French countryside-kitchen favorite is a mixture of melted cheese and potato. Buttery potatoes are boiled and mashed-up with a bit of garlic, then blended with cheese that melts into the concoction. Traditionally, Tomme de Laguiole is used (or Tomme d’Auvergne), but mozzarella can also be substituted in. The whole thing is often used as a fondue-type snack with pork sausage used to scoop up big, gooey chunks.

Deep-Fried Mars Bars, U.K.

This treat originated in a “chip shop” in Scotland when a Mars Bar (a popular British chocolate bar with nougat, caramel, almonds, and covered in soft milk chocolate) was dipped in the same kind of beer batter that fish are usually coated in and deep-fried… the result was so salty-sweet delicious that it became an instant success. For the best results, chill the Mars Bar first to prevent it from melting into the oil instantly. The spirit of the deep-fried Mars Bar has even been imported to the U.S. with various incarnations of deep-fried Oreos in bars across the country.

Jalebi, India

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This is a popular dessert treat in India and across many Middle Eastern countries that is basically gelatinized sugar. It’s made with a wheat flour batter that’s deep-fried into circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrups. The orange sweet is eaten hot or cold and is chewy, syrupy, and really, really sweet.

Nutella Crêpes, France

This dish may be eaten around the world now, but the crêpe is a French specialty for good reason. French crêpes are thin and fluffy but also buttery and dusted with sugar. They’re so delicious you may be so inclined to eat several in one sitting, making them a terrible weight-loss food. They’re also filled with many delicious additions from savory to sweet, one example being dollops of thick Nutella spread.