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, read more.

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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