"Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some… Twinkies split down the middle, stuffed with a hot dog, and topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles with a cherry on top… It may be an edible heart attack, but I don't care if I never get back…"
Those might not be the classic song's original lyrics, but that’s the ballpark snack you’ll be singing about at a Battle Creek Bombers’ minor league game in Michigan. The team introduced the salty and sweet treat this year and made a round of television appearances promoting the sensational snack, which players are calling "dessert and dinner all in one." Since Hostess announced its bankruptcy this year, the world awaited the fate of America’s beloved Twinkies, which were ultimately saved by the Metropoulos brothers (the same family who brought Pabst Blue Ribbon back in the spotlight). And now, Twinkies are enjoying the limelight of being repurposed — and at baseball stadiums they have become the new hot dog bun.
Keeping with the trend of wild ingredient repurposing, the West Michigan Whitecaps have taken America’s bacon craze to the next degree with their Bacos; the Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich., serves up a twist on the traditional taco with a shell made from bacon. And on the West Coast, this season the Sacramento River Cats have brought in the Wicked 'Wich, one of the city’s favorite food trucks, which serves your locally sourced meat of choice topped with provolone cheese, homemade seasoned fries, and signature oil and vinegar slaw, all stuffed between fresh, thick-cut slices of bread.
Check out The Daily Meal’s countdown of the top outrageous baseball bites to find out where you can get BBQ nachos, a foot-long with 20 toppings, and a peanut butter and jelly bacon burger.