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Thank Goodness It's Official

You know that Kozy Shack they hand out outside our own cozy shack of a stadium before some games? Next time you accept one, you can spoon yourself with the reassurance that you're sampling the Official Pudding of the New York Mets:

The creamy treat, available in rich chocolate and original rice pudding flavors, will be on sale at Shea Stadium throughout the baseball season, adding a delicious natural choice to the menu of popular, classic stadium snacks, like hot dogs, pizza and peanuts.

The turnstiles (which remind some of us by the squeezing we do to get through them to lay off the creamy treats) were already emblazoned with the Kozy Shack logo. I was wondering if that was a renegade action. Nope, it's official. We've got ourselves our own pudding…the Roy Hobbs kind.


The Phillies long ago had a player named Puddin' Head. Tonight let's not play his descendants as if with tapioca stuck between our ears.

8 comments to Thank Goodness It's Official

  • Anonymous

    I was skeptical also, so I looked up the ingredients in order to make fun of Kozy Shack. But, turns out the rice is pretty natural. Not so sure about the chocolate, but I guess it's all relative to the other snacks
    Rice ingredients: Milk, rice, sugar, eggs, natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors, salt.
    Chocolate ingredients: Milk, sugar, modified tapioca starch, cocoa processed with alkali, salt, carrageenan, natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors.

  • Anonymous

    A better buy, I'm guessing, than a Yankee Stadium urinal.

  • Anonymous

    I love pudding. (I love everything bad for me.) But I have never, ever been at a ballgame and thought to myself, “You know what would make this evening perfect? Pudding!”
    As with so many Metsian doings, it's just baffling.

  • Anonymous

    Not that the Mets are in need of an official pudding.
    But if they're going to have an official pudding, Kozy Shack is good stuff.

  • Anonymous

    I'm just grateful the Kozy Shack people bowed out when the price for naming rights on the new place got prohibitive.

  • Anonymous

    Kozy Shack is pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno… “Let's go out to the Kozy Shack” sounds cooler than Citifield.

  • Anonymous

    Kozy Shack is a little old place where we can get together…
    Kozy Shack baby.
    It does have potential, I'll admit.