14 Winning Super Bowl Snacks
The Perfect Bite Co.’s Applewood Bacon and Cheddar Gourmet Miniature Burgers
Don’t be fooled by the size of these sliders. They may be small, but they’re big on flavor, thanks to slabs of smoky bacon and tangy Cheddar.
To buy: $23 for 24 burgers, at supermarkets and theperfectbite.com.
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Wholly Guacamole Double Dip
Forget about waiting for that avocado to ripen—just pop the top on this refrigerated container and start scooping up the delectable combo of fresh, cilantro-flecked guacamole and spicy tomato salsa.
To buy: $5 for a 16-ounce tub, at supermarkets.
Utz Potato Chip Tin
Add this huge bin of crisps to your playbook and you can handle any crowd. Take your pick from 19 varieties, ranging from Carolina BBQ to Crab.
To buy: $26 for a 6.5-gallon tin filled with chips, utzsnacks.com.
Bell & Evans Fully-Cooked Buffalo Style Chicken Wings
Why fumble with a fryer? Five minutes and a microwave are all you need to produce a heaping plate of meaty wings with just the right amount of heat, crunch, and zesty sauce.
To buy: $7 for a 16-ounce box (about 15 wings), at natural food markets and some supermarkets.
G.H. Cretor’s Chicago Mix Popped Corn
From a city that’s serious about snacking comes this dangerously addictive blend of sweet caramel-coated popcorn and Cheddar-dusted popcorn. One handful and you’ll be hooked.
To buy: $4 for a 6.5-ounce bag, at supermarkets, or $31 for 12, amazon.com.
Let’s Be Frank Pork Bratwurst
A West Coast favorite, these antibiotic- and hormone-free links are juicy and flavorful (think marjoram and garlic) with the perfect amount of snap.
To buy: $7.50 for a 12-ounce package (4 bratwursts), letsbefrankdogs.com.
Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips Hint of Jalapeño
The new, thinner and crispier version of the dip-bowl classic gets a mild jolt from a dusting of hot pepper.
To buy: $4 for a 13-ounce bag, at supermarkets.
Green Mountain Gringo Mild Salsa
The freshest-tasting jarred salsa we’ve found, this versatile dip marries fresh vegetables―think tomatoes, onions, tomatillos, and garlic―with hot peppers and cilantro for some mild but tasty heat. Serve it with Real Simple’s favorite tortilla chips.
To buy: $4.50 for one 16-ounce jar, at grocery stores.
Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Onion Dip Mix
This time-tested party dip, free of partially hydrogenated oils and MSG, will win instant fans. It takes less than five minutes to mix it up with cream cheese and mayonnaise. Chill it, then serve with chips and crudité.
To buy: $4 for two packets, stonewallkitchen.com.
Kettle Brand Fully Loaded Baked Potato Chips
Inspired by customers who told the company they love to pile on toppers at baked potato bars, these boldly flavored chips are loaded with tangy Cheddar cheese, onion, sour cream, and garlic.
To buy: $4 for one 9-ounce bag, at grocery stores.
Though they look like misshapen half-popped corn kernels, this low-fat, high-fiber alternative to salted peanuts has an addictively satisfying crunch.
To buy: $4 for one 12-ounce bag, at natural food stores.
Trader Joe’s Parmesan Pastry Pups
Whether you call them pigs in blankets or pastry pups, cocktail franks wrapped in buttery pastry are essential to a Super Bowl party. These nitrate-free beef versions are seasoned with paprika, allspice, and honey for a rich flavor.
To buy: $4.50 for one 10.5-ounce box, at Trader Joe’s stores.
Kim and Scott’s Cheddar Jalapeño Gourmet Pretzels
Stuffed with gooey Cheddar cheese and spicy jalapeños, these soft pretzels are a big step above the stadium version―and they still taste great with beer.
To buy: $5 for four, at select grocery stores.
Frank and Teressa’s Original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce
What’s a football game without hot wings? From Buffalo, New York, the birthplace of the bar food staple, this sauce is the real deal. Toss it with broiled or fried chicken wings or even popcorn shrimp. Choose from five different flavors and levels of heat.
To buy: $5 for one 12-ounce bottle, at anchorbar.com.
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