RIP: Peanuts and Cracker Jack

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It takes guts (literally) to take down some of the food offered at ballparks. Hungry baseball fans will find everything from roasted grasshoppers, burgerizzas, 2,200-calorie sandwiches and enormous ice cream sundaes on menus across America.

Whatever happened to peanuts and Cracker Jack? A hot dog and a beer?

The game has changed – sorry, baseball purists – and the food has changed along with it. If you can afford to eat at a ballpark, you’ll be in for a treat… followed closely by a heart attack.

A few of the menu highlights include:

At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, you can get Dinger’s Donuts. Mini donuts with your choice of glaze (vanilla, chocolate or maple) and covered with chopped nuts and cinnamon sugar. The real eaters go for the big helmet, which is 50 mini donuts for $15.

At SunTrust Park in Atlanta, the famous (or infamous) Burgerizza is a 20-ounce beef patty topped with cheddar cheese and served between two eight-inch pepperoni pizzas.

At beautiful Safeco Field in Seattle, toasted grasshoppers are the craze. They’re cooked and coated with chili lime salt. Apparently, they’re high in protein and the vendors usually sell out by the third or fourth inning.

At Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, you can get a Wayback Triple Triple Burger (and a good chance of a heart attack). It’s NINE beef patties topped with cheese, lettuce and tomato – a grand total of 2,200 calories.

At Chase Field in Phoenix, I dare anyone to take on the Triple Play Sundae. I sat next to a couple who tried and failed miserably. It’s a two-pound, 3,500-calorie ice cream sundae in a helmet, with three massive scoops of ice cream topped with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream, two huge brownies and a waffle cone. And it’s only $25.

Kansas City is famous for its BBQ, and Kaufman Stadium doesn’t disappoint. Try a Pork Patty Melt – pulled pork, fried onions, cheese and bacon stuffed between two funnel cakes covered in powdered sugar.

New York is the best place to visit and a place called Junior’s is a must for any tourist. At Citi Field, fans can order the Deep Fried New York cheesecake, which is one of the many great food options in the Big Apple.

But if you’re more inclined to play it safe with a hot dog and a beer, I’m sure you can find those on the menus as well.

It’s just a good thing all sports stadiums are equipped with medical staff and defibrillators.

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