10 Homemade Snacks You Should Smuggle Into the Ballpark

10 Homemade Snacks You Should Smuggle Into the Ballpark

Save your money for beer and bring these ballpark treats from home.

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We’re really in it now, folks—baseball season is in full swing (pun intended). You’ve got your season passes or tickets for the bleacher seats, and there’s only one thing left to do to prepare for the ballpark: plan your snacks.

After you’ve made sure you can, in fact, bring outside food to the stadium you’re heading to (check out our handy guide here), then it’s time to pack up some homemade goodies into some Ziploc bags to sustain you through all nine innings. Lucky for you, we have some suggestions for twists on classic ballpark foods that are cheap and easy to make at home and bring along to the game.

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Spice up some popcorn

Spice up some popcorn

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Popcorn is a classic ballpark snack, and when you bring it from home you have the chance to add your own delicious twist. Pop up a bag before a game and mix in a powdered food package to amp up the flavor—we suggest McCormick Sloppy Joes Seasoning Mix for a savory treat and Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix for something a little sweeter. Check out our ranking of powered foods as popcorn toppings here.

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Make your own dang pretzel

Make your own dang pretzel

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Pretzels are simpler to make than you may think. There’s no crazy overnight bread rising, no advanced degree required. If you can follow the directions on a packet of instant yeast, you can make your own pretzels and revel in the attendant praise of your fellow spectators. The hardest part is perfecting the twisted shape, and if you start making these as part of your game day routine now, by the All Star break you’ll be nailing it. Get the full recipe here. 

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Have fun with chocolate-covered pretzels

Have fun with chocolate-covered pretzels

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If you’d rather rely on the store bought stuff to feed your ballpark pretzel craving, there’s still a way to add a little oomph. Make yourself not just chocolate-covered pretzels, not even just chocolate and peanut butter-covered pretzels, but chocolate and peanut butter and butterscotch-covered pretzels. Embrace the holy trinity of baking and thank us later. Get the full recipe here.

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Stay on theme with some sliders

Stay on theme with some sliders

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If you take a bite of slider while your favorite player is sliding into a base, congratulations, you’re part of the team now! You helped make that happen. These little guys are the perfect size for packing for a day at the baseball stadium, so long as you’re okay with chowing down on some not exactly piping hot little burgers with all the fixins (and let’s be honest—how often are White Castle sliders pipin’ hot?). You can experiment here, too, either doing your best to replicate White Castle’s signature patties or turning a schnitzel into a bite-sized sandwich. Get the full recipes here and here.

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Upgrade your peanut butter sandwich to the big leagues

Upgrade your peanut butter sandwich to the big leagues

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Plain peanut butter sandwiches may have been your little league go-to, but you’re a grown up now. When you’re on the sidelines you deserve to have some bananas and bacon in the mix, Elvis style. Go ahead and grill that up, too, because you can use the stove whenever you want. This will make a perfect bite during the seventh-inning stretch to keep your energy up. Get the full recipe here.

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Put a southwestern spin on Chex Mix

Put a southwestern spin on Chex Mix

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It’s important to keep something on hand to mindlessly munch on when those nail-biter moments arise. Instead of relying on boring old Chex Mix, you can make sure a few simple substitutions for a spiced up snack. Just replace bagel chips with tostadas, nuts with pepitas, and pretzels with crushed Doritos Dinamita chile-lime chips—and heck, throw in some chicharrones for good measure. Get the full recipe here. 

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Jazz up your grapes

Jazz up your grapes

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Simply put, Taffy Grapes are green grapes dipped in white candy coating (aka almond bark) and rolled in crushed peanuts. But somehow, through the transformational magic of our palates (or our brains?), the three-ingredient combo is a dead ringer—taste-wise anyway—for a taffy apple. Toss a handful of these in a sandwich baggie and it’s a perfect portable treat for when you’re craving something tart and sweet out in the bleachers. Get the full recipe here.

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Eat your ballpark peanuts in a brittle

Eat your ballpark peanuts in a brittle

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It’s not really baseball until you’re chowing down on some peanuts (it’s right there in the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”). If you don’t want to worry about whether you’re supposed to bite into the peanut shell or not, then just mix them into a brittle. And this recipe couldn’t be easier to make—you can do all the cooking in your microwave. If you freeze a batch it will last up to two months, so you can stock up for future games. Get the full recipe here.

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Snarf down potato chips in cookie form

Snarf down potato chips in cookie form

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A bag of potato chips isn’t the easiest to maneuver when you’re weaving through crowds in the stands—by the time you get to your seat you’re left with a bag of crushed crumbs. But if you bake them into a sturdy cookie, you can have your chips and eat them, too. These have a better taste and constitution if you let them sit for a few days, so prepare this snack in advance. For a tidier snack, simply ditch the powdered sugar. Get the full recipe here.

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Bake your ballpark hot dog into a bread

Bake your ballpark hot dog into a bread

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You didn’t think we’d forget hot dogs, did you? While it might be tricky to bring a Chicago-style dog in your pocket without severely compromising either the food itself or the inside of that pocket, take some inspiration from this air fried sausage-ppang recipe and bake your hot dog into something that’s a little easier to package. Top with ketchup packets at the park, then experience the snap of a sausage while hearing the crack of a bat. Get the full recipe here.

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