3 Classic Snacks to Buy for Super Bowl Sunday, According to Chefs

published Feb 11, 2023
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The Super Bowl is as much about the food as it is about the game (if not more so!). Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, in it for the half-time show, or just a big fan of finger foods, the snack spread is a universal crowd-pleaser. The wings! The pigs! The party sliders! And, of course, any number of chip and dip combinations! 

While we have our personal favorites, we were curious to know what chips, puffs, and twists chefs are serving at their Super Bowl soirées this year. To get the deets, we chatted with three chefs who happily shared their go-to snacks and even how they like to serve them. (You may want to add some cream cheese and cheese cheese to you cart while you’re at the grocery store!) Let’s take a look.

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1. Cheetos Flamin’ HotPuffs

“Growing up in California, I was blessed with nearly every kind of Hot Cheeto variety available. My favorite are the puffs, which are dusted with the same bright red cheesy and spicy coating [as the crunchy ones], but they are lighter and airier. I love dipping them in cream cheese (it gives off the same cooling effect as blue cheese or ranch dressing for Buffalo wings). Napkins are also key for Cheeto-dusted fingers, or you can try my biggest hack: Provide chopsticks for people to pick up Cheetos with and avoid the mess entirely!” — Abi Balingit, creator of The Dusky Kitchen and author of Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed

Buy: Cheetos Flamin’ HotPuffs, $3.98 for 8 ounces at Walmart

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2. Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels Original Seasoned Pretzel Twists

“You can take a girl out of the Midwest, but she will track down Dot’s pretzels wherever she lives! They’re just too good to not have around. These seasoned pretzel twists are super peppery with a wallop of salt. They’re just so perfect for a special occasion, and nothing tastes better with an ice-cold beer and some football.” — Michelle Doll Olson, culinary development manager at HelloFresh

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3. Tostitos Simply Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

“A fantastic snack on their own, Tostitos’ blue corn chips make great nachos. My favorite when feeding a Super Bowl crowd is to make loaded three-cheese sheet pan nachos. Throw these chips on a sheet pan and cover with shredded sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Manchego cheese. Add a kick of heat with thinly sliced jalapeños, bake until the cheese is melted, then drizzle with a lime crema made of sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest.” — Colin Mills, senior recipe developer at Green Chef

Buy: Tostitos Simply Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, $3.68 for 8.25 ounces at Walmart

What snacks are you picking up for Super Bowl Sunday? Tell us in the comments.