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Ballpark Foods Breakdown

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" namechecks peanuts, and Cracker Jacks, but the song doesn't mention the calorie or fat content of these tasty treats. Even if you aren't a hardcore baseball fan, chances are you might find yourself in a stadium this Summer, noshing on the favorite foods of America's favorite pastime.

To help you make smart choices, I've consulted the always-helpful CalorieKing and put together a breakdown of popular ballpark eats, including hot dogs, chili fries, and the aforementioned peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Some of the information certainly surprised me, so to see how they all compare,


Food Serving Size Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Calories Sugar (g) Carbs (g) Protein (g)
Hot Dog 1 4-oz. dog 18.5 7 315 9 29 10
Corn Dog 1 4-oz. dog 14 4 250 6 23 9
Pepperoni pizza 1 3.8-oz. slice 12.1 5.3 298 4.1 34 13.3
Roasted Unsalted Peanuts 30 large peanuts (1 oz.) 14.1 2 166 1.2 6.1 6.7
Cracker Jacks 1/2 cup 2 0 120 15 23 2
Nachos With Cheese Small (20 chips) 29.5 9.5 554 0.5 65.8 12.3
Soft Pretzel 4.1 oz. 3.6 0.8 389 0.3 79.8 9.4
Beer 12 oz. 0 0 153 0 12.6 1.6
Frozen Malt 12 oz. 24.8 15.8 518 62.3 63.8 9.8
Chili Fries 9.9 oz 36 0 596 3 83 10

Wow, I had no idea those unassuming nachos were so high in calories! And I'll continue to avoid the soft pretzels, chili fries, and malts. If you want something not deadly to snack on, peanuts and even Cracker Jacks aren't a bad choice. What's your favorite ballpark treat?


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bleerg bleerg 8 years
mmmmm I want some nachos, love nachos
terrormisu terrormisu 9 years
I went to a Cardinals game with dad on Father's day and there was absolutely nothing that seemed too appealing. Fortunately I had eaten beforehand (salad, grilled chicken, mixed veggies, annnnd carrot cake from a local St Louis restaurant =)) so I just got two bottles of water. I hated to spend 10 bucks on two bottles of h2o, but it was frickin' toasty outside.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I knew Nachos would be high but good grief. I think I'll think twice before I choose those again at a ballgame.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
Absolutely nothing on that list sounds remotely appetizing to me! If I were forced to have one of them, it would be the pepperoni pizza, and I'd take off the pepperoni and then soak up the grease with a ton of napkins! Now put ice cream on that list and it would be an entirely different story.
sldc sldc 9 years
I know the nachos are high calorie and made with that nasty Rico Cheese sauce, yet when I see someone enjoying them... I must. have. them. Lactose, food dye, salt, preservatives, and all!
komler komler 9 years
I think that when you're comparing calories, such as this, it would make more sense to go for equal sizes in what you're comparing, rather than serving size - which may differ from product to product.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Check your ballpark's policy about outside food. We take our own snacks & bottled water (unopened) into our ballpark & save both cash & calories. If I don't have something to munch on, I find it way too hard to resist those nachos.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Sadly, that makes me really hungry. I need some healthier versions of all these foods. Mangoes with cayenne and lime gabiushka? That sounds amazing.
alenka alenka 9 years
Cheese steaks! I'm from Philadelphia so that's a ballpark must. You guys don't have that listed on hear but I don't even want to know the calories. It's the one thing I can't stay away from. I usually eat extremely healthy.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I never eat food at ballparks because it's so dang expensive. Beer is like $6 each.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Garlic fries!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i like cotton candy, too. Mmmmmmm.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Mmmmm does cotton candy count? lol
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
i don't like most of those foods anyway... i'll stick to beer. hehe :P
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Me too Fit, I had no idea nachos had so many calories. Damn...that pic is making me hungry.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Mangoes with cayenne and lime. Sucks that I have to take a plane to get them at the ballpark...
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
After reading that.. peanuts, cracker jacks & beer!
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