National Greasy Foods Day

Fried bubble gum at the State Fair of Texas.

Fried bubble gum at the State Fair of Texas.

October 25 is National Greasy Foods Day! Even though greasy foods are probably the least healthy foods that you can consume, they deserve a day all to themselves. Today you can to skip the salad and go straight for the tasty fatty goodness you can only get from the greasiest grub. Whether you love the traditional cheeseburger and fries, a sugary sweet glazed doughnut, or some other strange fried concoction, today is a day to let go of all inhibitions and go for the greasy gold.

What is it that makes greasy foods so greasy, you ask? The answer is simple: oil. Cooking oil comes in four different varieties: vegetable, nut, seed, or fruit. Some of these oils are more common like peanut oil and canola oil, while others are less well-known like avocado oil and sesame oil.

Now for some fun greasy food facts! Did you know that fried chicken is the most ordered meal in sit-down restaurants in the United States? Or that the popular greasy side we know as “French fries” was actually invented in Belgium in 1830? How about the fact that in 2011, the winner of “Most Creative” fried food at the State Fair of Texas was fried bubble gum! If you’re going to get gum stuck in your digestive system for a while, it may as well be fried, right? Find other fun historical greasy food facts here.

If you’re looking for some more creative ways to celebrate National Greasy Foods Day than going to your favorite burger joint or fried chicken spot, we’ve got a couple of suggestions:

1. Cook up something from this list of 25 Ultimate Greasy Food Recipes.

2. Take a road trip and try one of America’s most well-known greasy concoctions.

3. Try one of Formula 409′s silly greasy food activities.

Sources: Punchbowl,, Formula 409, CNN’s Eatocracy, Today Food


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