The History of the Super Bowl’s Biggest Snacks

Goooooooo dips! Uh, I mean… team. 

Every year, football fans and sports-averse partygoers agree on one thing: Super Bowl snacks are the Super Bowl of snacking. Whether you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs, or deviled eggs, we will all share a collective food experience.

This Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will gather in front of the largest tv on the block and collectively consume 325.5 million gallons of beer, 1.25 billion chicken wings, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and roughly 19.4 pounds of chips. That’s a lotta snacking! 

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Facts about Super Bowl Snacks


1. “Cool Ranch” Doritos only exist in the United States


Ranch isn’t a popular condiment outside of the U.S., so Frito Lay had an interesting time marketing the “Cool Ranch” flavor abroad. To save the confusion, they remarketed Doritos Cool Ranch as “Cool American” or “Cool Original.

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2. The Buffalo Chicken Wing Was Created by Accident 

Reportedly, the Buffalo Chicken Wing is all thanks to Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. In 1964, the bar owners ordered chicken necks and backs and were sent wings. They had to sell the product, so Teressa Bellisimo (the co-owner) experimented with dressing up the excess chicken wings. Teressa broiled them, created a special spicy sauce using melted butter, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper, and paired them with celery and bleu cheese dressing to balance the spiciness of the wings. They became a local hit. 


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3. The History of Buffalo Chicken Wings and the Super Bowl

A Buffalo Boom came after the Buffalo Bills NFL team made it to the Super Bowl for consecutive years from 1990 to 1993. During coverage of the team during those years, national media outlets depicted local food traditions, including Buffalo Wings' popularity. The recipe became popular and quickly became a Super Bowl snack staple.


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 4. Deviled Eggs are Ancient  

While a common Super Bowl and southern cooking tradition today, the history of deviled eggs goes back further than you may think. The History Channel sites deviled eggs being traced back to ancient Rome, though they looked different than today’s deviled eggs, as they were boiled and seasoned with spicy sauces. “Deviling” was a culinary term used to describe a dish that had been boiled and had heavy spice added to it. In the 13th century, Spanish cookbooks suggests using cilantro, onion juice, pepper, coriander, and fish sauce. We don’t see our current-day deviled egg recipe suggested until an 1896 cookbook, which was the first to include mayonnaise. 

Start a New Super Bowl Snack Tradition

Hosting a Super Bowl party isn’t easy! Make sure you have some ready-to-go snacks that will "wow" your crowd on hand. Our Game Day Party Pack is quick and tasty, perfect to start off your feast. Happy sport-ing!

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