Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Say Hey! Sausage Specialties at AT&T Park

You can't go to the ballpark and NOT get caramel corn, right?  So after my lunch of crab and garlic fries it was time to move on to something sweet.  I didn't research the caramel corn in advance - rookie mistake.  From my reading now, I see that there is a place that makes it to order.  But that is not where I went.   I just got in line at the first stand I spied that had caramel corn, enough though it seemed to be a hotdog stand.  Seriously, I know better ... I think all the wine must have gone to my head!
Caramel Corn. $6.50.
It is a bit hard to see from this photo, but this was a decent size cup of caramel corn.  Certainly enough for two people to munch on while enjoying the game.  I was a bit weirded out by the fact that it came with a fork.  Who eats caramel corn with a fork?

I quickly realized why it was provided.  This was not at all what I was expecting.  First,  the caramel corn was warm.  Not a bad thing.  But it was also very, very gooey.  I still tried to eat some with my fingers since it felt so wrong to use a fork, but it was way too sticky.  Very messy.

The popcorn itself was kinda soggy and didn't taste very fresh.  The caramel flavor was decent, but the whole sticky, soggy thing just didn't work for me.  I wanted to crunch and munch on popcorn!  It also was just popcorn, no nuts or anything else added in.

And $6.50? Um, no.  Would not get again.

I ended up bringing some home with me, and I stashed it in the freezer.  I enjoyed it much better this way, as it got crispy and formed little popcorn balls.  I still wouldn't get it again, and I wouldn't recommend getting it just to bring it home to freeze, but it did save it :)  It turns out the freezer is a great place for popcorn in general, my freezer always has glass jars of different popcorns in it, perfect for a quick snack! (I learned this trick from my mom.  There is a kettle corn vendor at their local farmer's market that makes this insanely good kettle corn, and she knows I love it.  So she always gets it and stores it in the freezer for when I come to visit, just in case I can't make it to the market while I'm there.  Such a good mommy!)
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