Concession Food Ideas That Keep Your Fans Coming Back For More
Hot dogs and peanuts are, and always will be, great. I don’t think you’ll find anybody who denies that. There will always be a place for a dog with some ketchup mustard and relish while taking in a ballgame. Then again, while everybody loves tradition, sometimes you’ve got to spice things up and introduce a new flavor to excite your customers. When it comes to generating revenue through concessions, old, proven commodities like those previously mentioned will always work. However, once you begin pushing past the snacks that fans are used to, that’s when you might be able to attract a new crowd. Specifically, it’s important to pay attention to flavors that might represent the culture of the surrounding area. “Local doesn’t cut it anymore — hyper and flexible local are becoming more and more popular,” said Carl Mittleman, the President of Aramark Sports & Entertainment, when speaking with Front Office Sports. “Guests are looking for menus representing the community, culture, and flavors that surround them.” That’s something to keep in mind when building up your own concessions. While it’s important to supply the proven commodities — i.e. popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs — it’s best to keep in mind the surrounding area and what might bring local fans into your venue. With that said, let’s take a look at a couple of new concessions food ideas; some that are more cost-conscious and some that can something a little different on gameday.
If you haven’t had a Cuban Sandwich then I suggest you go get one (as soon as you’re done reading, of course). Originated in Cuba (duh..) and especially popular in Florida, a Cuban typically involves some combination of pork, ham and cheese pressed in between two pieces of bread. Add in some pickles and mustard and you’ve got yourself something tasty. Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, has one of the best Cubans around. From a baseball perspective, the sandwich makes sense due to the relatively high number of players that have come to the United States from Cuba. Filling, full of flavor and not too messy. Sounds like a pretty well-rounded concession item to me.
I get that Puppy Chow isn’t necessarily considered “new” as we’ve all had our Mom make it for us at one time or another, but it’s delicious and easy to make! Puppy Chow essentially consists of chocolate, peanut butter, Chex cereal and some powdered sugar.
I may be biased, but I think it’s tasty during pretty much any time of the year, too. This snack is a viable option for a high school concession stands looking for something cheap and new to offer their fans. Make a big batch, throw it into some small, plastic sandwich bags and I’m sure you won’t have a problem selling out of it in no time.