Jason Kerton has made a living disrupting "normal" at the ballpark.
In Charleston, he devised the “Homewrecker,” a half-pound, foot-long hot dog with 22 optional toppings. Now the food and beverage director of the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, he’s upping the ante.
“I’m in Akron, so I’m just kind of bored,” admitted Kerton. “When I arrived here, I was bumming around my apartment and the weather wasn’t good so I thought, what else could I do to make it fun?”
Fans will have the option of buying up to a pound of hot dog ($8), a 16-inch colossus known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” at games and there will be 40 toppings to choose from ranging from wasabi to marinara to mac and cheese to even sprinkles.
“Peanut butter and jelly is surprisingly good,” Kerton said.
The toppings are filled up behind the counter and, perhaps most importantly, they come at no cost.
“If we can fit all 40 toppings on there for you, we will,” Kerton insisted. “There’s definitely value there. It’s not like we upcharge you.”
The team will make it even more fun by having 35 of the toppings displayed and five secret toppings that the Aeros will change monthly. Customers will simply order the secret ingredients by telling the person behind the counter what number they want to try.
Akron Aeros’ Hot Dog Toppings
- Jalapeno Bacon
- Cheddar Cheese
- Pimento Cheese
- Onion and Pepper
- Sour Crème
- A1 Steak Sauce
- Baked Beans
- Cole Slaw
- Black Olives
- Banana Peppers
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Chocolate Chips
- Feta Cheese
- Onion Straws
- Nacho Cheese
36--40. Secret Toppings
Tip of the hat to the great Cleveland blog Waiting For Next Year for the tip on this story.
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