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Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland has his name immortalized in the Holland Hot Totrsquochos menu introduction featuring tater tots a choice of chicken or steak sauteacuteed red and green bell peppers pickled jalapentildeos Buffalo sauce and spicy queso hollandaise served in a mini Dutch oven 1750
<p>Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland has his name immortalized in the Holland Hot Tot&rsquo;chos menu introduction, featuring tater tots, a choice of chicken or steak, saut&eacute;ed red and green bell peppers, pickled jalape&ntilde;os, Buffalo sauce and spicy queso hollandaise served in a mini Dutch oven ($17.50).</p>

Delaware North debuts new items for baseball season

Concessionaire hopes bacon, fried fare are home runs

Bacon and just about fried anything will be featured prominently on ballpark concessions menus as Major League Baseball opens its season in Texas.

Casey Rapp, an operations manager for Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North Cos., which contracts to manage foodservice and merchandise sales for the Texas Rangers, debuted this season’s new menu items Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

“We are featuring a couple of new stands this year,” Rapp said. “One is called ‘Just Bacon,’ where, as you can tell from the name, everything has to be about bacon.”

That includes bacon cotton candy and bacon lollipops, as well as bacon quesadillas, bacon macaroni and cheese, and a bacon-corn sauté. Items range from $8 to $12. The menu even features a bacon-maple ale from an Oregon brewery.

The nationwide foodservice trend of featuring locally inspired foods was also apparent in the Texas Rangers debut.

Delaware North this year created a food stand called State Fare.

“It’s an homage to the State Fair, and everything there is fried,” Rapp said.

New Texas Rangers concession items this year will include Fried Twinkies ($7), at left, and Fried S’more with Crème Filled Cookies ($8). Photo: Ron Ruggless

The State Fare menu items include Fried Twinkies, Fried S’mores, Chicken-Fried Corn on the Cob, Funnel Cake Fries and Fried Pickle Chips. Prices range from $5 to $8.

Making the foods easily portable is a consideration in ballpark menu items, Rapp noted.

“Most of our items are packaged so you can carry them on a stick or in a small package,” Rapp said.

The ballpark this year debuted a larger, shareable item, priced at $17.50, called Holland Hot Tot’chos, named for Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, who appeared at a press conference Thursday and tried them for the first time.

“It’s quite an honor to have a food named after you,” Holland said, proudly sharing them with his father, who attended the press scrum with him. “They are really good,” the pitcher proclaimed after his first bite. “And they are really are hot.”

The Tot’chos feature tater tots with a choice of chicken or steak, sautéed red and green bell peppers, pickled jalapenos, Buffalo sauce and a spicy queso hollandaise, served in a mini Dutch oven.

A bacon-only outlet will offer Chicken-Fried Bacon on a Stick ($8). Photo: Ron Ruggless

“Our thought is that it will fit nicely in your lap at your seat and you can share,” Rapp said. “You get a fork and eat your way to the middle.”

Rapp noted that quick-service drive thrus have shown how far a foodservice operator can go with container foods, citing Taco Bell as an example.

“You never know what’s going to stick,” Rapp said. “You never know exactly what will pop out until you try it.”

Rapp said ballpark customers usually consider food at a game to be an indulgence, so the menu offering is less focused on healthful fare and more on unique items, which this year include a Nacho Average Taco. It features a 24-inch taco shell with ground beef, seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce, nacho cheese, pico, jalapeno and sour cream, for $26.

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