Unique Super Bowl Food Statistics

Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th edition of the Super Bowl, is scheduled on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. A mere 111.5 million people watched the event last year, and I’m betting we reach that number again, especially knowing Katy Perry will perform during halftime.

Well, it’s no surprise that the 111.5 million of us need to eat during this fun event, whether it’s the lucky few at the game, at a party or at home. There are some pretty fun and alarming food statistics regarding this second highest day of food consumption that ranks right after Thanksgiving.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

Super Food Statistics
According to the Chicago Tribune, last year the 10 “Top Must-Have Food Items for Watching the Big Game” were in this order:

  1. Salsa, dips or spreads
  2. Chicken wings
  3. Pizza
  4. Desserts
  5. Subs and sandwiches
  6. Nachos
  7. Healthful food items
  8. Salads
  9. Fried, baked or roasted chicken
  10. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers

With that said, the National Restaurant Association stated that in 2014, approximately 48 million Americans ordered takeout food during the Super Bowl.

And you won’t believe the chicken statistics. The National Chicken Council estimated that Americans ate 1.23 billion chicken wings last year. We also ate 3.8 million pounds of popcorn. If you lined up all of that popcorn in a straight line on the Super Bowl football field, it would go up and down the length of the football field 1.28 million times, assuming each popped popcorn kernel is 1 inch long and there are 20 popped popcorn pieces in each cup of popcorn.

Now that you have food on the brain, bring on the Super Bowl food! And if you’re hosting a party, here are a few Super Bowl appetizer recipes to wow the crowd!

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