A 30-team stadium tour needs memorabilia to commemorate the visit. I planned to collect mini baseball bats from every Major League Baseball stadium. Then on the first leg of my tour starting at Citi Field in New York, my plans changed. Two kids seated in front of me each ate ice cream. The brothers both ate from a little baseball helmet even too small for their heads. I wanted ice cream. I wanted that helmet.
Soon I realized something important during each visit – the ice cream was different. Every stadium’s soft serve (so far) came in a helmet, but the experience varied. Taste, texture, and presentation all contributed to my purchase costing around eight American dollars. Forget about the waffle cone, the delicious mid-game treat fits best in the little helmet. Those helmets came home with me, and so did my thoughts on their flavours.
New York’s second-best team comes first in ice cream presentation. Not only does their ridged New York Mets helmet holds soft serve with confidence, it also puts it on display. Blue and orange sprinkles topped my vanilla and chocolate swirl for the necessary crunch. The ice cream itself tastes as if it came straight from your childhood ice cream truck.
- Rogers Centre
Back home, the cold, fall evening didn’t ruin the smooth and rich ice cream at the Rogers Centre. A perfect vanilla flavour and creamy texture told me the Toronto Blue Jays know top notch soft serve ice cream.
Though the Blue Jays don’t know how to manage food inventory. By the fifth inning, the food stand ran out of vanilla and chocolate swirl. Although not ideal, I still left amazed by their simple, yet tasty ice cream.
- Yankee Stadium
The New York Yankees spent all their effort and money on building a competitive baseball team rather finding good ice cream. Grainy, bland ice cream tastes closer to eating cold, vanilla oatmeal. The chocolate section of the swirl lacked any flavour, like eating brown ice from a cup. I ate the rest of the ice cream to empty the helmet.