Whether you’re a die-hard “50-yard line or bust” or “I’m just here for the commercials” fan, this is the year to go all out with play-worthy snacks and delicious dips, plus a six-pack of your favorite local brew*, of course. And whether you’re watching the big game from the comfort of your couch or hosting from home, we have perfect picks for everyone.
Suit up! It’s time to pick up your football snacks from your Whole Foods Market store before kickoff. We’ve assigned plays to key players — aka the snacks and beer — for the biggest football-watching event of the year. We’ve also rounded up our favorite recipes for football snacks you can make at home.
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Play: Quarterback Sneak
Has there ever been a party without guacamole present? While it’s practically required for any watching party, keep an eye out for delicious variations of our made-in-house guacamole (like kaleamole or srirachamole, available in select stores) to keep you on your toes.
When it comes to chicken wings, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from in our Prepared Foods department. Fully cooked, heat-and-eat wings are available in traditional Buffalo, barbecue and sweet chili sauces.
Don’t think twice, just go for it. Pick up a platter of pretzel bites from our Bakery department and dive straight into the tangy mustard. Repeat. There are no limits to blitzes in the snacking playbook. (Pretzel-style salt is included, too.)
There are two sides to this play, which is key to winning over every football fan at the party — meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike. Take your pick between turkey or beef meatballs or meatless vegan versions, sauced up for plenty of snacking. Complete this party play in true bootleg style with a six-pack or two of local craft beer — check out your nearest store’s selection.*
Loaded Baked Potato Pizza
Play: Hail Mary
During the most exciting game of the season, there’s too much at stake to fumble at snacks. With the right plan, it’s impossible to fail under pressure, and that’s where the Loaded Baked Potato Pizza comes into play. We’re talking sour cream, cheese, potatoes, bacon and scallions, all on a crispy, chewy crust. Pick up a slice or order a whole pie. Touchdown.
Play: Slant Route
What’s better than a cold one while you watch your team score big? From hop-forward IPAs to clean tasting and crisp pilsners, your store’s assortment of local beer options make this a foolproof call. In fact, we leave the majority of the selection in any given Whole Foods Market Beer department up to our regional buyers to decide. As experts on their local brews, that means you’re sure to find a unique six-pack or special bottle to try.*
Our Favorite Game Day Recipes
Thinking of making some of the snacks yourself? We have plenty of ideas and inspiration to get you started.
Perfect Guacamole: Meet your new go-to recipe for this favorite football-friendly dip. Follow our method to make it in minutes, then try our variations. Pair with 365 by Whole Foods Market Tortilla Chips or vegetable crudites.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: These satisfying vegan “wings” make a delicious alternative to traditional Buffalo wings. Roasting the cauliflower first gives it savory, caramelized flavor before it’s tossed with the tangy, spicy sauce.
Barbecue Nachos: These nachos are the perfect way to use up leftover chopped beef brisket, pulled pork or rotisserie chicken in your fridge. Top with chopped green lettuce and fresh salsa for a splash of color.
Homemade Veggie Chips and Dip: For a better-for-you take on a classic snack, you can easily transform your favorite veggies like carrots, beets and squash into colorful, crunchy chips. Just pair with a simple, green pear dip.
Check out our game day snack recipes for even more ideas.
*Must be 21+ to purchase. Please drink responsibly.