Your kids are going to ask for this, so let’s get it out of the way first: The Sabres are offering an ice cream cone wrapped with cotton candy and topped with Pop Rocks this season.
The team unveiled a dozen new concession-stand items Monday at KeyBank Center and several more that are specific to club-level seating. There are new takes on classic offerings in addition to more artisanal entrees and side dishes … and your kids are going to go straight for the crazy ice cream.
Can you blame them? Instead of twirling a stick around the cotton candy machine to stack it for consumption, this dessert begins by wrapping pink fluff around the rim of a waffle cone. Your choice of Perry’s ice cream goes inside, and then the dish gets topped with Pop Rocks to snap and crackle inside your mouth.
OK, so maybe you want this one for your own consumption or Instagram purposes, too. But after sampling it Monday, here are a few pointers:
First of all, this thing is massive. Like, almost too big for one person. I don’t even want to know what percentage of my daily sugar intake this consisted of – and that’s for a full-grown, athletic male, let alone a small child. Sharing is recommended.
Second of all, get napkins. I can see it already: A kid with eyes bigger than his stomach talks his parents into getting this, munches all the cotton candy away and then starts to lose attention, letting the ice cream drip all over his hands and possibly the person in front of him. (Luckily there’s a big ice surface nearby to slow the rate of melting and buy your kiddo – or, who are we kidding, yourself – some time.)
Lastly, maybe grab spoons before returning to your seats. This is a lot for one person, both in terms of size and caloric intake, but it might be perfect for sharing. Get two spoons and split this with your significant other.
Here is a look at some other new concession-level items introduced Monday (prices were not announced):
Described as the “chef’s signature,” this entrée comes packed with protein and ready to satisfy your hunger. It’s an Italian sausage link on a Costanzo’s roll, topped with pulled Buffalo chicken, blue cheese slaw and ancho-barbecue sauce, which has a nice little kick to it. Just don’t call it a sandwich.
You can get nachos with cheese spit out of a machine at any stadium in America. A restaurant-quality nacho tray might be harder to find. You can get your triangular chips smothered with your choice of beef barbacoa, lettuce, salsa, cheese, beans, queso fresco and sliced jalapenos.
If you’re craving Mexican but nachos aren’t cutting it, head over to the new burrito stand. Choose beef barbacoa or fire-braised chicken as your base and top with cilantro rice and your choice of toppings.
MOE'S HAWAIIAN BURGER
This isn’t in reference to Moe’s Southwest Grill, the burrito chain. The Sabres said this refers to Moe, an employee who suggested a Hawaiian burger with grilled pineapple, pickled jalapeno and red pepper, peppered bacon and sriracha mayo, topped with American cheese.
Also new this year is a Cowboy burger, with crispy bacon, fried onion, Gaujillo barbecue sauce and the other usual toppings.
Picture your favorite creamy mac and cheese, then add barbecue pulled pork or teriyaki meatballs and top it with crushed Doritos and/or your favorite sauce. This one sounds good for cold, midwinter nights.
PANINI OF THE GAME
They can make every new food item sound as great as they can, but we all know there are some times you’re just tired of thinking and want a delicious sandwich that you know will hit the spot. Enter the panini stand. They’ll offer Buffalo chicken, pepper steak with provolone and cheddar, Caprese with balsamic, or a three-cheese variety.
Other no-brainers include a Texas chili dog, a bologna po' boy and an ice cream cookie sandwich, offered with your choice of Perry’s smooshed between warm chocolate chip cookies.
If you’re in the club levels, you’re going to be satisfied, I promise. One thing that jumped out from the new suite offerings is a Tomahawk ribeye steak carving station. Might have to sneak in for that.