Imagine yourself sitting in the stands at your favorite ballpark, but you have nothing to eat throughout the entirety of the game. Or, maybe you're cheering on your teammates from the dugout during a midsummer game, but there are no snacks in sight. Sounds pretty miserable, right?
There's nothing like watching America's pastime as you crack open some sunflower seeds, munch on a ballpark frank, or demolish an extra large bag of cracker jacks in one sitting. That's why the team at JustBats.com has compiled the ultimate list of best dugout snacks and best ballpark foods for the baseball fanatics.
Below, you'll find the eight (8) best baseball stadium foods and snacks that you should consider during the next game you attend (or play in).
A baseball game isn't a game without your favorite seeds. Whether you're a fan of David's, Spitz, or Bigs sunflower seeds, there's a flavor for every fanatic. If you're in the stands at a big league game or sitting in the dugout during a summer sandlot game, sunflower seeds are an absolute must.
Play ball! Having a hot dog, or two, in hand during the ceremonial first pitch is about as American as it gets. According to hot-dog.org, nearly 19 million hot dogs were consumed by MLB fans in 2017. Throw in some ketchup, mustard, relish, or any other condiment your ballpark may offer and you should be set (at least until the 7th inning stretch).
While peanuts and cracker jacks may be old school, it is easily one of the most classic ballpark snacks in the business. With the ever-changing food scene at ballparks across the nation, this is one baseball snack that will always be a staple.
Have you ever eaten a handful of nachos out of a batter's helmet? If your answer is no, you're missing out. Major League Baseball teams across the nation are all dishing up a hearty serving of nachos topped with just about anything. Everything from chili, cheese, pulled pork, and much more are all used to fill your stomach for nine innings.
Bubble gum (Big League Chew in particular) has been credited with drastically reducing the amount of baseball players using chewing tobacco. Players and fans alike can almost always be seen with a ridiculously large sized wad of gum stuck in their cheek throughout a ballgame. It feels wrong to sit in a dugout without a tub of Dubble Bubble, a pouch of Big League Chew, or a pack of Bubblicious.
A heart-healthy snack option created initially for long, strenuous hikes; trail mix is fantastic at providing fuel on and off the field. While classic trail mix consists of granola, raisins, nuts, and chocolate, there are unique recipes and thousands of combinations that may be created to treat your taste buds.
While it may not be the most popular option, it is the healthiest option. Apples, bananas, oranges, and many other fruits are great to have around when your sweet tooth needs satisfaction. Fruits are both delicious and nutritious.
There you have it. Take this list with you next time you go grocery shopping for your baseball game snacks. What do you think? Did we leave your favorite snack off this list? Please leave it in the comments section below so that others may benefit from your recommendation. Don't forget, if you ever have any baseball bat or softball bat related questions, reach out to our friendly Bat Experts at any time of the day via phone at 866-321-2287, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can click here to live chat. Remember, we'll be here for you from click to hit!