The Michigan weather has been generous for a few weeks now, which means that if you haven’t gone to a baseball game already, then hopefully, you will soon! Regardless of your league, team, or state, the first day of summer is around the corner. And, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without having gone to at least one baseball game. So, without further ado, I introduce you to the five must-have classic baseball game snacks!
- Hot Dog
Unless you’re not a huge hot dog fan or you have never had a hot dog at a baseball game, the question is... have you really gone to a baseball game? A hot dog is practically the mascot for baseball stadium food and pairs especially well with a cool beer in the hot summer sun (for the baseball fans of age, of course). Many different stadiums offer creative spins on the classic hot dog, with toppings such as chili, chips, or even a fried egg. If you’re a fellow Michigander and you plan on heading to Comerica Park this summer for a Tigers game, bring your appetite and check out their Poutine Dog! This hot dog is generously topped with french fries, cheese curds, and gravy.
Nachos are a stadium standard and a great snacking alternative if hot dogs aren’t exactly your thing. Nachos were an immediate success with baseball fans the second that they hit the baseball stadiums in 1976, courtesy of Frank Liberto. Be aware that many classic baseball stadium nachos come loaded with jalapeños for a spicy kick! Additionally, nachos also tend to be loaded with calories, so if you go to a lot of baseball games, try to eat nachos sparingly or split them with a friend.
- Soft Pretzels
Soft pretzels are another fan favorite that tend to be a little heavier on the calorie side. Regardless, soft pretzels are delicious, and they’re a great food to share for a baseball game, date or family outing! Ballparks pretty much always carry this classic, so while it doesn’t have to be a regular snack, everyone should try a soft pretzel at least at one game!
Peanuts are the staple snack at ballparks, and they have been for quite some time now. Best of all, this snack is much lighter than the previously listed stadium snacks and they tend to be lower priced, too! If you’re looking for a somewhat lighter snack to hold you over or something to keep your hands busy as the suspense of the game grows, then peanuts are a great solution. Chances are that you won’t have to miss any of the game to get them either. There are often food vendors in the stadium selling them right at your seat!
You didn’t think that we, of all people, would forget about popcorn, did you?! Grand Rapids Popcorn supplies many concessions, and what better time to snack on popcorn then during baseball season? Popcorn is an easy, tasty and shareable snack, perfect for the sidelines, your couch or stadium during almost any game, especially baseball. If you plan on showing your support for a Tigers game anytime soon, Grand Rapids Popcorn offers a specialty Tiger Crunch flavor with blueberry and orange popcorn mix!
Some MLB stadiums permit outside food and beverage, luckily, Comerica Park happens to be one of them. So, if you want to show your support for the Tigers, grab a bag of our Tiger Crunch and bring it to a game! Other information regarding stadium food at Comerica Park can be found here under Concessions or Food and Beverage.
If you’re looking for something more in the healthy direction, many ballparks have added fruit, sandwiches, and other healthier alternatives to their stadium’s menu. Otherwise, if you’re not planning on going to an MLB game, chances are that the stadium should have fairly lenient outside food and beverage policies. Call them beforehand to see what snacks you may bring, or check out the many popcorn options Grand Rapids Popcorn offers!