Healthy Food at Cards Stadium?

Written by Austen Browne Category: Menus Issue: October 2016
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fruitkabob inblogVenue: University of Phoenix Stadium
Item: Chocolate fruit kebob
Why it's weird: It's chocolate. And fruit. And football.

Tucked in-between an Italian sausage concession stand and a beer “garden” in section 114 of University of Phoenix Stadium, a chocolate fruit kebob stand feels like a welcoming oasis, surrounded by the smoky smells of typical stadium grub. Sporting an assortment of different delicious delicacies, including frozen cheesecake, a caramel apple blossom and the most popular, strawberry banana kebob, YumShack is offering football fans with a sweet tooth a chance to treat themselves during the game.

At first, I felt a little weird ordering a fruit kebob at a NFL game. While hardy fans all around me were munching on nachos or chowing down on hot dogs, I felt out of place among the masses, carrying a stick of fruit drizzled with chocolate sauce. However, after carefully avoiding skewering my fellow stadium-goers on my trek back to my seat, all of my past fears were put to rest as I took my first bite. It tasted like chocolate fondue was hand-delivered to my exact location. My sweet tooth was satisfied and the strawberry-banana combo allowed me to not feel as guilty about consuming all that sugar. While fanatics jumped up and cheered their team on, I couldn’t help but stay seated, marveling at the delicate design of my treat.

The main con was the chore of actually eating the kebob. While attempting to avoid poking anyone's eyes out, including my own, I needed multiple napkins to avoid a strawberry juice disaster on my Cardinals jersey.

The price was also elevated significantly, at $7 per kebob for just five pieces of fruit, but that's to be expected with almost any type of food or beverage in a sports arena.

Ultimately, if you have the wallet space and the ability to handle an incredible amount of confused stares from complete strangers, I highly recommend the YumShack stand for a sweet, but relatively healthy treat if you find yourself burnt out on all those game day hot dogs.

Next Arizona Cardinals Game:
Monday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.
University of Phoenix Stadium
VS New York Jets