Super Bowl Sunday: Whole Lotta Snackin’ Going On

superbowl47Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day for food consumption (with Thanksgiving not surprisingly taking the top spot). The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17, and the proportion of viewers who watch the big game all alone is a mere five percent. We hope that they watch the game alone not because they’re lonely, but because they don’t like to share the popcorn — or the tv remote.

The average Super Bowl watcher consumes about 1,200 calories [and 50 grams of fat, yum] during the game.  Burning off 1200 calories takes four hours of walking [a mighty cold proposition on a day like today], or an hour and 45 minutes of running.

Makes us tired just thinking about it.

The top seller at the grocery store the week of the Super Bowl is frozen pizza, and national pizza chain Pizza Hut expects to prepare 2 million pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday. Want to dazzle your game-day guests? Make your own pizza, and top it with fresh ingredients, our Pizza spice blend, and Red Pepper Pizza Flakes. You can make your dough from scratch, or pick up store-bought dough from Gateway Market. [Word to the wise: just give yourself an extra hour or two to let the refrigerated dough warm up so it’ll rise].  If this unseasonably warm weather persists, you can even cook the pizza out on the grill [isn’t global warming swell?].

More than 8 million pounds of guacamole is eaten on this day. Don’t settle for bland store-bought stuff. If you can find some ripe avocados [I got some very reasonably-priced at Aldi this week], here’s our  “secret” recipe for fresh and tasty guac.

People will scoop up that guacamole, and perhaps some of Chef Amy’s tasty Spicy Cheese Dip, with some salty chips. Americans consume 14,500 *tons* of chips on Super Bowl Sunday. Figures from 2006 say that 11 million pounds of potato chips are eaten, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips.

Popcorn is another big favorite at Super Bowl parties: Americans eat 3.8 million pounds of the stuff. Whether you make yours from scratch (not that hard) or in the microwave, you can easily “spice things up” with some of our exclusive popcorn seasonings:

If nuts are your favorite for tv snacking, you’re not alone: Americans scarf down 2.5 million pounds of the stuff on Super Bowl Sunday. At least these are full of “good” fats, right? Here’s an easy way to jazz up mixed nuts, with our Spiced Nuts recipe, the ingredients for which are found in our neat Spiced Nuts Kit.

Is it any wonder that antacid sales increase about 20 percent the day after a Super Bowl broadcast? It’s even estimated that 6% of people call in sick the day after the Super Bowl. You may want to stave off day-after dyspepsia [fancy talk for tummy ache] with a glass of club soda, with a splash [1 Tbsp] of Balsamic Vinegar [Fig Balsamic is my special favorite for a fizzy drink, followed by Blackberry Ginger]. It really works wonders to settle an indignant stomach.