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Super Bowl Snack Down 2014 linkJust when you thought it was safe, heeeeere’s the Super Bowl!

That’s right! Sunday, 2nd February at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the surviving teams of the N.F.L. play-offs battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

On T.V., the Super Bowl is king and is the most-watched event ever. Everybody knows about the prodigious snacking that takes place in front of the box, during play, as the tension mounts!

We watch with fascination, as so many New Year’s resolutions pitifully disintegrate as they slam into the year’s most brazen snackathon!

We’re counting down the days until the big match. In the meantime, we thought we’d remind you about some favourite Bowl Day snacks….

Chips & Dips
Get warmed up for more serious eats with a variety of crunchy snacks. Bring on the dips, salsa, crackers, tortilla chips, potato & pita chips, nuts, cheese curls, fresh veggies & fruit… well, you get the idea!

Soup & Chili
It’s no wonder five-alarm chili, creamy chowders, and hearty soups are a game day classic.
They can be made a day or two ahead of your big bowl bash, and then be re-heated and kept warm in a crockpot or on the stovetop for easy entertaining. Serve with crusty rolls, cornbread or saltine crackers. Game day wouldn’t be the same without Mom Lindo’s Chili recipe.

Ya Gotta have the Wings!
Whether you prefer your chicken wings Buffalo-style, BBQ, Asian,Honey Glazed or fiery hot, wings are one nibbler we think are a must for the Game Day spread!

Pizza!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Yummy, ooey gooey, cheesy goodness. Slice up a variety of pies for your guests – pepperoni, supreme, vegetable… Also try pizza rolls served with an assortment of complementing dips. In fact, we did a little web scouting and found Pillsbury.com has some very tasty dips to accompany most flavours of pizza rolls – very tempting – check them out!

Our list of Super Sunday party essentials:

Food & Beverages
First on our list of course! Let’s face it, besides the game, it’s all about the food! Keep in mind, it’s a long game so make sure you have plenty of food to last throughout the evening. Place finger foods and snacks around the room for guests to munch on while watching the game. For heartier fare like chili, BBQ ribs, wings, and deli platters, set up a buffet table off to the side where hungry guests won’t obstruct game viewing. Serve a variety of foods sure to satisfy everyone. Finger foods like sandwiches, chip, dips and wings that are easy to pick up and eat and more heartier fare like chili and barbecue to really satisfy that hunger.

Have a variety of hot and cold beverages on hand – chilled beer, wine, soda, water and carafes of hot coffee, tea, etc.

Super Bowl decorations
You’ll definitely want to set the mood with theme-related banners, balloons, streamers and confetti.  If you have the time and are crafty, make your own decorations or go online and download free designs for printing out. And don’t forget, food can be decorated with a football theme too!  We’ve seen some cool cupcakes decorated with team mascots!

Plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery
Unless you like the thought of your good china crashing to the floor during touchdown excitement, we recommend going with disposable dinnerware. Just make sure they are sturdy enough to hold up weighty fare like pizza and chili.

Napkins. Lots of Napkins!
Things could get messy. You’ll need lots of napkins for wiping fingers, and for mopping up any spills throughout the night.

Seating
If you’re inviting a crowd, make sure you have enough seats in front of the TV for everyone to sit comfortably. If you’re short of chairs, round up some large comfy pillows for those guests who may have to settle on sitting on the floor.