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Peanuts and popcorn are nostalgic, beloved foods during baseball season

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, because those nostalgic ballpark foods aren’t going anywhere. 

Major League teams stepped to the plate for opening day this week, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals kicking off their season Easter Sunday, April 5, and the South Bend Cubs set to open their regular season Thursday, April 9, according to MiLB.

We all know ballpark foods are, in some ways, like buying food at the airport — it’ll cost an arm and a leg, but you do it anyway.

And just as the crack of the bat is the perfect soundtrack to a summer night at the ballpark, the experience wouldn’t be complete without a hot dog, tray of nachos or bag of salty peanuts to snack on.

Reporter and house baseball expert Steve Krah went on a gastronomical adventure last summer sampling the wackiest ballpark foods in Indiana and Michigan — Twinkie Dogs in Battle Creek, Mich., pulled pork parfaits in Lansing, Mich., and a monster of a Bearclaw Burger in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

This year, Flavor 574 asked readers what their most beloved baseball park foods are, and there was nary a monster burger or boat of nachos piled high found. Instead, answers stuck with the classics: 

  • Popcorn 
  • Peanuts (with the shell) 
  • Philly steak or beef sandwiches 

And while minor league ballparks have always had a little more room for creativity in concessions, MLB parks are stepping up their game for offerings, too, touting menu items like a nine-patty burger, churro dog and a $19 Bloody Mary with a slice of pizza swimming in the glass, MTV reports.


Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron.

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