Great food makes football celebrations even more super!

Post Date - Feb 11, 2022

There’s a lot to cheer about leading up to the big football game on Sunday Feb. 13, but one of the biggest things is all the great food! Here are some fun food facts you may not know about what Americans will snack on during the big sports spectacle.

A real food fest
The day of the NFL’s biggest game is the second largest food holiday in the United States, right behind Thanksgiving. The difference between the two? NFL Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most popular days of the year to order takeout rather than cooking. As a matter of fact, one in seven Americans order takeout for the game.

You’re number 1!
Pizza, we’re talking to you. Of the most popular game-day snacks, pizza is number one. And while cheese and pepperoni are the top toppings (with 64% saying that’s their favorite), you may not know that sausage is number 3. And speaking of takeout, 60% of those orders on NFL Super Bowl Sunday are for pizza.

Let’s talk chicken
We know you can celebrate the Big Game without chicken, but Americans don’t really want to if you follow the statistics. The second most popular game-day food behind pizza is chicken wings. Did you know that over half of Americans who eat chicken wing prefer to dip them in ranch dressing?

Winging it
According to the National Chicken Council (NCC), Americans typically eat an estimated 1.4 billion chicken wings during the Big Game.

Here are some facts to put that number in perspective:

  • 1.4 billion wings could circle the circumference of the Earth 3 times
  • 175 million pounds of wings weigh 1,500 times as much as an entire NFL team and three of their team buses
  • 1.4 billion wings are enough to give every attendee of every NFL Super Bowl since 1967 each 342 wings
  • If each wing were one second, it would equal 45 years

To dip or not to dip
More than a quarter of Americans (32%) will be eating some form of dip during their game-day celebration. That includes about 8 million pounds of guacamole! The most dippable snack is chips, of course, with estimates putting us eating 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips during on game day.

Paying the price
At the end of game day, and all that super snacking, there is a price to pay. Antacid sales increase roughly 20% on the Monday after the big football game.

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