By Shari’s Berries
According to the American Tailgater’s Association, tailgating has been going on since the 1800s. Since then, it has evolved into an activity that people enjoy almost as much as the game itself! Not only does tailgating get fans pumped for the game, it’s also the perfect opportunity to grab a beer and get grilling.
But with so many great food options, have you ever wondered what the ultimate tailgating eats are? Or what beer goes best with a game? With the big game fast approaching, our curiosity got the best of us, so we decided to dig deeper to figure out which tailgating foods are the most popular in each state.
America’s Favorite Football Foods
A key component of a football party is always food, whether you’re hosting or just attending. In order to figure out which party food is the most popular in each state, we selected 10 of the most common party foods and used Google AdWords to identify most searches by state. The most popular in this category was fried chicken wings followed by sloppy joe’s. To roasted corn: better luck next time.
As fans are heading over to the stadium to watch their teams compete, the smell of charbroiled burgers, grilled hot dogs and garlic fries is alluring. We decided to find out which stadium foods sell the most. For that, we asked 3,500 football fans in all 50 states to choose their favorite popular stadium foods from the following: burgers, nachos, cheesesteak sandwiches, hot dogs, pulled pork and garlic fries. Hamburgers scored the touchdown, just barely sliding in front of hot dogs.
Because what better way to enjoy a football game than with a cool, refreshing light beer? The most searched for game day beers are Bud Light, Stella Artois and Coors Light. We took it a step further and identified most searches by state through Google AdWords to identify what game goers like to drink. As you can see, Bud Light topped the charts. Perhaps after a few of these, it won’t matter which team wins or loses.
They say it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. In this case, it’s what you eat and drink that may determine who will win. Correlation is based on the NCAA and NFL standings as of December 28, 2015. Our data shows:
• At the stadium, eating burgers rather than hot dogs is associated with teams that win more often.
• Having a hard time deciding what beer to drink? Turns out that whether your team is more likely to win or lose, fans are likely to go for Bud Light.
Now that you’ve seen which foods are popular in your state, what will you be serving at your Superbowl party? Don’t have time to prepare? Serve up any of our sports themed dipped treats that are sure to liven up any party!