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Most Popular Concession Stand Foods

If you are running a concession stand or thinking about starting one, knowing the best types of food to serve is essential to the success of your business. However, choosing the right foods is not simply choosing from a list of the top selling concession foods. You also have to consider the types of events you will be attending and the foods that are most popular at those venues. The most popular foods sold at sporting events are generally different than the food sold at an outdoor art exhibition or a county fair. Know your customer base for the events in order to help you choose the best items for your menu.

It is important to keep in mind that even though an event can often deteMost Popular Concession Stand Foodsrmine which type of food is the best food to sell, some types of food seem to be favorites no matter where they are sold. In this article, we will focus on the types of food that do well anywhere. These foods are appropriate for nearly any concession stand.

Hot Dogs

Quick, easy, tasty, and one of the most popular foods in the nation, hot dogs will generally sell quite well no matter where you are selling them. From the ballpark to the carnival and beyond, you can make your hot dog offerings special by changing some of the toppings you offer your customers. Of course, you need to have standard condiments like, mustard, relish, onions. and of course, ketchup. However, consider offering Chicago style dogs with tomatoes, peppers, and pickles. Cheese and bacon bits can add flavor to hot dogs as can chili. Sauerkraut is popular and so is BBQ sauce. From these few suggestions, you can see that hot dogs are easy to change and adapt for different tastes  and events.


Big, chewy pretzels are a wonderful treat, and there are quite a number of different options for toppings that you can add to your pretzels. Cheese is excellent choice, and many enjoy wrapping bacon around their pretzel. You can also choose sweet toppings. Again, the choice is yours as to what toppings you want to offer your customers. Having a broad selection is a good idea in order to introduce some variety to your menu. However, you do not want to have too many options that your customers feel overwhelmed and don't know what to pick.

Fried… Stuff

Fried, as unhealthy as it might be, is popular. Today, concession stands at county fairs and other events will often have a host of different fried treats. The fried creations are an attraction onto themselves, and they may help draw business to your booth. Aside from ever popular French fries, some popular fried concoctions out there today include fried Snickers bars, fried pickles, fried Twinkies, and even fried butter. Funnel cakes are also a popular treat and are an easy sell at any concession stand. These items require an initial investment of a fryer and then - it's up to you how much you want to fry.

Prepackaged Items

Many concession stands also have some prepackaged items for sale, such as chips, candy, crackers, and gum. These types of items are not always necessary, based on the rest of the stand’s menu. Determining which prepackaged foods will be most popular will require some trial and error. For example, name brand chips and snacks will sell better than off brands, so consider this when making your sales decisions. Although it might seem as though you are saving some money, it could actually cost you more in the end if you can’t move your products.

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