Americans Will Eat 1.42 Billion of These During the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the perfect excuse to gather around the TV and eat an endless buffet of snacks.

For sports fans, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best times of the year, and it’s not just because of the game. Even if you don’t care for football, at least there are plenty of tasty treats to be enjoyed. Learn about these crazy Super Bowl facts too.

It doesn’t matter which team you’re rooting for this year. Chiefs and Buccaneers fans alike have already chosen the victor of Super Bowl LV, and we’ll be eating 1.42 billion servings of it.

Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing

Chips and salsa, football-themed desserts, and pulled pork sandwiches make the Super Bowl one of the best food holidays around. But there’s one reigning finger food that we all can’t get enough of. This year, Americans are expected to down 1.42 BILLION of them: chicken wings! Despite the fact that there’ll (hopefully!) be far fewer big Super Bowl parties than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s not expected to have a detrimental effect on our wing consumption—in fact, it edges out last year’s record of 1.4 billion. Sounds like we could all use some comfort food. If you’re making your own wings, try this secret technique for the best chicken wings ever.

A hot (wing) commodity

Chicken wings are great in all flavors, and there’s no arguing it’s a Super Bowl Sunday favorite. In fact, we have proof. The National Chicken Council (aka NCC) has announced the official chicken wing consumption estimate for 2021. Nearly one and a half billion wings is a lot of chicken for one day! It’s also a 1.4 percent increase from 2020, meaning Americans will eat 20 million more wings during this year’s game. That’s enough wings to circle the Earth three times. Holy cow! Or, uh, chicken. By the way, here’s why they’re called “buffalo wings” even though they’re made of chicken.

Chicken wings deserve their own holiday…

…and they might just get it. Because Super Bowl Sunday draws such a wing-loving crowd, the NCC formed a petition to dub the Monday following the game “National Chicken Wing Appreciation Day.” Now that’s a cause we can get behind. (Although this petition was to the Trump administration; we haven’t been able to find an updated one to President Biden yet.) Fun fact: Buffalo, New York (and beyond) already celebrates National Chicken Wing Day on July 29th. But, considering these statistics, the day after the Super Bowl does seem like it would make more sense.

Make sure to place those wing orders soon, because it sounds like the competition will be fierce. And, hey, even if you’re doing one of these fun things to do on Super Bowl Sunday if you’d rather not watch the game, who says you can’t have some wings?!

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