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    Super Bowl: A Time to Indulge

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Okay, it’s that time of the year again when all eyes turn toward the first Sunday in February to see who will win the coveted title for the Super Bowl. This year’s 52nd Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4th, 2018. The Philadelphia Eagles will go head-to-head with The New England Patriots which should make for an interesting game.

    Of course, as much as big-time football fans are all about seeing the game obviously, there is also another aspect to this and that is spelled: FOOD. Yes, food and football have always been synonymous and an ongoing tradition especially at this time of the year. We all know that college football fans tend to do a lot of tailgating in the Fall but that’s just a drop in the bucket when you see how much the pro fans go all out for their Super Bowl parties.

    Here are just a few statistics on the Super Bowl and the food eaten just on that one day each year according to an online article from Shape magazine last year at this time:

    • According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings this Super Bowl weekend.
    • One in seven (or 48 million) Americans will order takeout or have food delivered to them on game day. Sixty percent of takeout orders are pizza. In fact, a recent survey completed by the National Restaurant Association revealed that 61 percent of people consider pizza a “must have” Super Bowl treat.
    • While wings and pizza are the two most popular Super Bowl snacks, chips are close behind with an expected 11 million pounds of chips to be consumed on Sunday, as well as an estimated 4 million pounds of pretzels and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.
    • Popcorn is another popular Super Bowl snack. The Calorie Control Council (CCC) estimates that consumers will eat 30 million pounds of snacks total, with 3.8 million of those being popcorn.
    • The California Avocado Commission estimates that in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, 12 million pounds of heart-healthy avocados will be purchased. On the actual day of the Super Bowl, Americans will consume 8 million pounds of guacamole.
    • Ten percent of Americans will serve some kind of grilled food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, and steak at their watch parties.
    • No watch party is complete without beer, and if past Super Bowl weekends are indicative of anything, Americans will drink 50 million cases of beer this weekend.The overall beer tab? $10.8 billion dollars. Ouch!
    • To complement the beer, Americans will also be spending $2.37 million on sodas and other soft drinks during Super Bowl weekend.
    • These are really for the day after the Super Bowl. Antacid sales see a 20 percent increase the Monday morning after the big game.
    • Six percent of Americans will also call in sick that same day. There’s a reason why they don’t call it Super Monday!

    Of course, since this is an article from Shape magazine, they do also provide several healthy tips to offset the binge eating. If you are interested in seeing the article in its entirety go to:

    So, if after reading all of this you are really hungry and ready to find some recipes for the Super Bowl party you are having, then stop by the Daviess County Public Library. We have a plethora of cookbooks that could be of interest to you in coming up with some new ideas or recipes. The cookbook section starts at 641.5 and is probably one of our largest collections in the adult non-fiction area, so don’t hesitate to come in and peruse this section.

    Also, here is a link to a booklist entitled Super Bowl Sunday Foods that will give you all kinds of ideas on what we own here at the library so you can be ready and prepared for your feast:

    Hope you have a great time at your Super Bowl parties and that we don’t any more snow!

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