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One of baseball’s most venerated bits of musical lore invites those who take someone out to the ballgame to buy them some peanuts and Cracker Jack.

But stadium food has evolved a long way since Jack Norworth sang those words for the first time back in 1908. For starters, he makes no mention of a “red hot,” not long thereafter re-dubbed a hot dog and the most iconic stadium food in all of sports.

But even if he had slipped a reference to a hot dog into his baseball song, there’s no way Norworth could possibly have seen what the Double-A minor league Erie SeaWolves put on their menu at the old ballgame Saturday afternoon.

As part of a “Salute to Candy,” Erie’s mad scientist concessionaires created a hot dogfeaturing cotton candy as the bun and Nerds candy where the mustard ought to be.

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And while it’s an intriguing concept, some of Erie’s players will probably get called up to the major leagues before the hot dog does.

The concept may sound insane on its surface, but the combination of salty and sweet has been a big food trend these days.

After all, we’ve got things like glazed bacon, which is basically this concept — cured, salted meat product wrapped in sugar — and salted caramel, so why not cotton candy hot dogs?

Perhaps it’s because of the whole fruit-flavored Nerds thing and the fact that cotton candy has a tendency to by default taste like bubble gum.

Would you try a hot dog wrapped in cotton candy?

The whole Sugar Rush Night was, like reaction to the candy-floss hot dog, an up-and-down sort of affair.

For starters, after Erie lost the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader against the Pirates’ affiliate the Altoona Curve 5-3, heavy rain moved into Western Pennsylvania and wiped out the nightcap.

If there’s a bright side to that, there was an opportunity for some science. After all, when it rains, you can generally still eat a hot dog with a bread bun; the bread will eventually get soggy but it takes a good while standing in the rain for that to happen.

One wonders how long a cotton candy bun would last even in a sweaty hand on a hot summer day, never mind a downpour.

But fans still had a good time at the park, the essence of what minor league baseball is all about.

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And that wasn’t the only bit of weirdness going on with cotton candy at the game. There was a “cotton candy ball” the team debuted, and one can only guess that a scoop of ice cream wrapped in cotton candy tastes like diabetes.

But you have to tip your hat to the team. In an age when everyone is losing their mind over childhood obesity and signing on to cutting their carbs, one baseball team’s brave stand against the food police shows that there’s still a place for sweet treats in America.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
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