Let’s face it — half the fun of Super Bowl Sunday is watching the new commercials and enjoying a big spread of all your favorite game-day foods with your friends and family. The Super Bowl is the biggest day of the year for sports gambling and bettors will be eager to see if their predictions pay out. Who’s to say, but here is one bet you can bank on: This year’s Super Bowl game day party is going to cost you more.
Thanks to rising food prices, the typical Super Bowl spread could cost as much as 14 percent more than it did in 2021, according to a study by Wells Fargo. The cost of prepared chicken wings — the most popular Super Bowl snack — are up 14 percent to 26 percent, for bone-in and boneless respectively. Prices for burgers, shrimp and soft drinks have also soared. Hosting a party is always a lot of fun, but the expenses can add up pretty quickly.
There are several ways you can host a sporty soiree without pummeling your finances. The key is to keep things simple and come up with a game plan. Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day of the year behind Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so a bulk of your budget will undoubtedly go toward snacks.
To save money, focus on chips, veggies and dips. The cost of these items has remained flat, but skip the pre-made party trays and veggie spreads. It’s not cost-effective. You can make your own fruit, veggie and sandwich trays for much less money.
For hot snacks, break out the slow cooker for hot dips and chili and consider buying bulk frozen wings, mozzarella sticks and poppers at your local warehouse club store to save. Or opt for the store brand at the supermarket. Remember, the store brands are often every bit as delicious as the name brands at a fraction of the cost.
Here are some of our favorite easy to make gluten-free party dishes. Many can be made in advance and just served during the big game. To start off what is a big games without wings?
Frank’s redhot® original buffalo chicken wings
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup Frank’s RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
- 2 1/2 pounds chicken wing pieces
- PREHEAT oven to 450F. Mix butter and RedHot Sauce in medium bowl; set aside.
- ARRANGE wings on large foil-lined pan. Bake on lowest oven rack for 30 minutes or until crispy, turning once.
- TOSS wings in sauce mixture until well coated. Serve with blue cheese and celery, if desired.
These fried mozzarella sticks require only three ingredients and fry up incredibly crispy on the outside with ooey gooey melted mozzarella on the inside. And did we mention they are gluten-free? The perfect game day snack, or just because snack, because they are delicious! Get the recipe.
Nothing goes better with a big game than finger food. These Pigs in a Blanket are a tasty meat snack that are so easy to make and will be a big hit. Best of all you can make a big batch ahead of time and heat them up in the microwave! Get the recipe.
This Buffalo Chicken Dip is the perfect appetizer recipe! Made in a crock pot it is cheesy, spicy, and made from just 5 ingredients! Great for dipping chips or veggies. Get the recipe.
Using ground turkey for the protein keeps these nachos lean without sacrificing flavor, and making chips from Mikey’s Grain-Free Tortillas makes them extra delicious. Get the recipe.