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Most popular game day food in every state

Most popular game day food in every state

Football and snack food are a match made in sports-watching heaven. Americans' tradition of snacking during football games culminates on Super Bowl Sunday, a national day of snacking that fans prepare for in advance, shopping for and prepping their favorite game-day foods to turn watching the game into a certified event. Fans indulge in a wide range of fare from regional variations of chili to bacon-wrapped everything while their teams battle it out. From elaborate tailgating traditions to extravagant spreads, you don’t even need to enjoy watching sports to feast on a buffet of the country’s top game-day food.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs will duke it out in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Super Bowl LV comes after a season marked, like everything else, by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Super Bowl will have limited attendance, with more cutouts than fans filling seats at the Raymond James Stadium, making Super Bowl LV the lowest-attended Super Bowl ever. Some 25,000 fans will join some 30,000 cutouts, according Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Those fans will comprise in part 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, who are attending as part of an all-expenses paid on behalf of the NFL. All fans will receive a PPE kit included with their ticket, and are required to wear masks during the game.

Fans watching from home will also have a different experience than previous years. The CDC warns against the usual parties this year, encouraging viewers to watch the game with their household members or virtually with larger groups of people. If you insist on gathering, the CDC recommends masks, hosting outdoor parties, and keeping 6 feet apart. "The safest way to celebrate events is at home with the people who live with you," the CDC writes on its guidance for gatherings. "If you plan to host or attend a small gathering, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19."

With the virus infection rates still high, it's a good idea to watch the game from the safety of your own home, without inviting more people in. Isolating fans can at least take some comfort in the traditional game day snacks. Most sports fans have their tried-and-true favorites, but with novelty at a premium these days, consider looking through the following list to try some new game-day foods. 

Stacker mined three General Mills-owned food sites—BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, and Tablespoon.com—for data on the most searches for a food item in each state. Each dish is linked to its recipe, for your convenience. Some states stick to classics like wings and hearty dips, while others nosh on seafood dishes and decadents desserts. Read on to feast on the details.

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Alabama: Slow-cooker Mississippi roast sandwiches

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker Mississippi roast sandwiches
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Alaska: Creamy potato salad

Favorite game day food: Creamy potato salad
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Arizona: Slow-cooker chili

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker chili
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Arkansas: Beefy queso skillet dip

Favorite game day food: Beefy queso skillet dip
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California: Hot and spicy chicken wings

Favorite game day food: Hot and spicy chicken wings
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Colorado: Impossibly easy taco pie

Favorite game day food: Impossibly easy taco pie
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Connecticut: Slow-cooker teriyaki chicken wings

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker teriyaki chicken wings
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Delaware: Ooey gooey butter cake bars

Favorite game day food: Ooey gooey butter cake bars
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Florida: Sausage cheese balls

Favorite game day food: Sausage cheese balls
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Georgia: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders

Favorite game day food: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders
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Hawaii: Crescent sloppy Joes

Favorite game day food: Crescent sloppy Joes
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Idaho: Mini bacon-wrapped sausages

Favorite game day food: Mini bacon-wrapped sausages
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Illinois: Original Chex Party Mix

Favorite game day food: Original Chex Party Mix
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Indiana: Pulled chicken sandwiches with root beer barbecue sauce

Favorite game day food: Pulled chicken sandwiches with root beer barbecue sauce
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Iowa: Mini crescent dogs

Favorite game day food: Mini crescent dogs
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Kansas: Dill pickle soup

Favorite game day food: Dill pickle soup
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Kentucky: Buffalo chicken casserole

Favorite game day food: Buffalo chicken casserole
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Louisiana: Creamy crab au gratin

Favorite game day food: Creamy crab au gratin
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Maine: Creamy clam dip

Favorite game day food: Creamy clam dip
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Maryland: Chicken-bacon-ranch pizza sticks

Favorite game day food: Chicken-bacon-ranch pizza sticks
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Massachusetts: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite game day food: Buffalo chicken dip
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Michigan: Loaded potato soup

Favorite game day food: Loaded potato soup
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Minnesota: Tater tot hot dish taco boats

Favorite game day food: Tater tot hot dish taco boats
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Mississippi: Classic beef stew

Favorite game day food: Classic beef stew
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Missouri: The classic hamburger

Favorite game day food: The classic hamburger
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Montana: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite game day food: Buffalo chicken dip
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Nebraska: Hot and spicy chicken wings

Favorite game day food: Hot and spicy chicken wings
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Nevada: Sausage cheese balls

Favorite game day food: Sausage cheese balls
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New Hampshire: Slow-cooker chili

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker chili
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New Jersey: Slow-cooker chili

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker chili
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New Mexico: Seven-layer bean dip

Favorite game day food: Seven-layer bean dip
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New York: Buffalo chicken wings

Favorite game day food: Buffalo chicken wings
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North Carolina: Sausage cheese balls

Favorite game day food: Sausage cheese balls
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North Dakota: Mini bacon-wrapped sausages

Favorite game day food: Mini bacon-wrapped sausages
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Ohio: White chicken chili

Favorite game day food: White chicken chili
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Oklahoma: Crab and fontina-stuffed mushrooms

Favorite game day food: Crab and fontina-stuffed mushrooms
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Oregon: Taco soup

Favorite game day food: Taco soup
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Pennsylvania: Loaded potato soup

Favorite game day food: Loaded potato soup
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Rhode Island: Slow-cooker chili

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker chili
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South Carolina: Cowboy caviar

Favorite game day food: Cowboy caviar
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South Dakota: Hummus

Favorite game day food: Hummus
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Tennessee: Beefy queso skillet dip

Favorite game day food: Beefy queso skillet dip
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Texas: Sausage cheese balls

Favorite game day food: Sausage cheese balls
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Utah: Slow-cooker pulled pork

Favorite game day food: Slow-cooker pulled pork
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Vermont: Bruschetta

Favorite game day food: Bruschetta
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Virginia: Zesty deviled eggs

Favorite game day food: Zesty deviled eggs
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Washington: Jalapeño popper dip with panko

Favorite game day food: Jalapeño popper dip with panko
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West Virginia: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders

Favorite game day food: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders
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Wisconsin: Ham and cheese crescent roll-ups

Favorite game day food: Ham and cheese crescent roll-ups
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Wyoming: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders

Favorite game day food: Barbecue chicken and squash sliders
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