Americans spend more than $50 million annually stocking up on snack food for Super Bowl weekend. That turns into 30 million pounds of snacks including; 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts. And those snacks don’t count for nothing The average Super Bowl watcher will consume about 1,200 calories during the game do to snacking, making it the most caloric intake day second only to Thanksgiving! In fact, most Americans double their daily calories on Super Bowl Sunday compared to any other day.
Here are some more crazy Super Bowl snack facts:
Chips and Dip
Americans will likely eat 11 million pounds of chips this Sunday. A standard NFL football is between 14 and 15 ounces, so that turns into over 12 million footballs worth of chips! At the end of the day, the country is eating 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat just from the chips alone. Can’t stop snacking on those salty chips? There is a reason for that! One is too many and the whole bag is never enough, right?
Americans will eat 80 million avocados (made into guacamole) on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s enough to fill a football field 12 feet deep, according to Men’s Health. 32% of viewers say they’ll have some kind of dip (veggie, cheese, etc.) during the game.
A sports bar staple, The National Chicken Council estimates that Americans will eat 1.23 billion chicken wings on Sunday. That’s enough to fill a football field 1,083,333 times, assuming chicken wings are 3 inches long on average. That many chicken wings, laid end-to-end, would stretch between San Francisco and Baltimore 27 times! Plus, 57% of chicken-wing eaters prefer to dip their wings in ranch dressing over blue cheese.
In fact, chicken farmers count on the steady demand of chicken wings so much that they actually raise their prices so restaurants have to spend more to keep your plate full!
31 percent of game-watchers will order delivery or take-out, with the number one choice easily being pizza. According to PizzaMarketplace.com, two of the largest pizza chains report that on Super Bowl Sunday sales for pizza will skyrocket. Pizza Hut will sell more than two million pizzas (16 million slices) and Domino’s will sell 11 million slices. That’s easily twice as many pizzas as any other day of the year.
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend or going out to celebrate? Remember, the Monday following the Super Bowl is the biggest unofficial holiday of the year, with 1.5 million people calling in sick as a result of the game. After that much junk food and booze can you really blame them? Some studies show that it’s the most unproductive day of the year so will you be calling out sick or sucking it up and recovering with a bottle of Pepto in the office?