On Super Bowl Sunday, High Desert foodies will gather to watch football while devouring mountains of jalapeno poppers, chicken wings, pizza, sandwiches, and other delicacies.
Dozens of culinary aficionados recently confessed their food favorites and what they plan to serve during Sunday’s battle between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
Many told the Daily Press that Super Bowl Sunday means a day of family, friends, football, and mass quantities of food.
Aside from Thanksgiving Day, Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Some of the most popular food items during last year’s big game were chips, dips, chicken wings, pizza, nachos, cheese, crackers, burgers, cookies, ice cream and tacos, according to Statista.
Americans are expected to devour 1.42 billion chicken wings on Sunday, an amount that could circle the circumference of the Earth three times, the National Chicken Council reported.
YouTuber and professional eater Molly Schuyler, 42, is the world record holder for eating 501 wings in 30 minutes. She completed the feat nearly four years ago at Wing Bowl 26 in Philadelphia, Schuyler told the Daily Press.
The 127-pound Schuyler, who lives in Maryland, said on Super Bowl Sunday she’ll pass on chicken wings and chow down on sizable amounts of pizza before she prepares for a jalapeno eating contest in Laredo, Texas.
What's on the local menu?
Evelyn Herrera of Hesperia plans to watch the game with her family as they enjoy a few authentic Puerto Rican dishes.
Herrera said she’ll prepare baked chicken, pernil, roasted pork, arroz con gandules or rice with pigeon peas. Also, platanos or sweet plantains, beans, potatoes, salad and plenty of avocado slices.
“I’ll be making a very tasty lemon raspberry blueberry trifle with toasted coconut,” said Victorville Mayor Debra Jones. “I only make the trifle on very special days.”
Jones said she’ll probably prepare spicy chicken wings and her signature potato salad with Dijon mustard, sweet pickles, potatoes, bacon, eggs, green onions and other ingredients.
As for the game, Jones giggled when she asked, “Who’s playing?”
Simon Hernandez is expecting to feed about seven people during his Super Bowl party, which will include his homemade, smoked cheese buffalo dip.
Hernandez is also planning to prepare 16-pounds of boneless butt for pulled pork, a veggie tray and numerous other dishes.
David and Karen Haskell’s party in Apple Valley will include pigs in a blanket, jelly meatballs, chips, dips and plenty of Girl Scout Cookies.
“I have a personal roasted onion sundried tomato dip recipe that is amazing,” according to Karen Haskell, who said she may also serve cheese cubes, snack pickles and deviled eggs.
Among their family, “unless it’s your team, no one overly cares about who wins the game” because the Super Bowl is all about hanging out with family and friends, Karen Haskell said.
Randi Caporale’s family plans to attend their annual Super Bowl party, with a menu consisting of a seven-layer dip, cookies, tacos and plenty of Bud Light.
“There are always numerous square bets,” Caporale said. “And it’s also fun to bet on the coin toss, the color of Gatorade and other things.”
Double stuffed bacon potatoes, jalapeño poppers, sliders, wings and sub sandwiches are on Frank Maldonado’s menu, and Annalisa Ornelas said she’s serving up little barbecue weenies in the crockpot, sub sandwiches and veggie and fruit platters.
Kristin Chaffin’s table will be set with wings, jalapeno poppers, dip, chips and cheese. Her cooler will also be stocked with Bud Light Seltzer and Angry Orchard hard cider.
Arturo Garcia Jr.'s party will include pizza, wings and nachos, with a possible drink menu of Dr. Pepper, Coke, Sprite, sweet tea, Dos Equis, Coors Light and Bud Light.
Super Bowl food estimates
1 in 7 Americans will over take out.
11 million pounds of potato chips will be eaten.
140 million pounds of avocados will be purchased.
325 million gallons of beer will be downed.
3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be popped.
3 million pounds of nuts will be consumed.
$2.37 million will be spent on soda.
12.5 million pounds of bacon will be consumed.
10 million pounds of ribs will be served.
8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be eaten.
Kickoff time for Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, with live coverage on NBC and Peacock.
This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: High Desert football fans share their Super Bowl LVI food favorites