Jan 25, 2018 • By

How Big Game recipes rate by state

There’s a Big Game happening in our hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4.  

Although watching American football isn’t something everyone craves, downing delicious food is one thing that often brings people together.   

“Let’s be honest, if your team isn’t playing in the Big Game, next Sunday is just another excuse to throw a party with family and friends,” says Audra Carson, head of content marketing and media platforms at General Mills. “And every good game day party is centered around the food.”  


Only two states are officially represented in the Big Game, but food-filled parties will be happening at homes all across the U.S.  

The lineup of unique recipes that food fans scout online leading up to the Big Game varies from state to state.

This infographic shows super popular Game Day recipes based on data pulled from our Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Tablespoon websites.  


(Click to enlarge, and download)

“You’ll see your usual suspects and game day favorites like chili, pulled meat sandwiches, dips, wings and snack options,” says Carson. “But this year, we’re seeing more soups on the list than ever before, ranging from cold-weather favorites like White Chicken Chili and Potato Soup to some more unique flavors like Dill Pickle Soup in Kansas.

Carson says she also loves seeing the regional affinities in recipes like Tater Tot Casserole from Minnesota, Clam Dip from Maine and Buffalo Wings from New York.


So, what are the most popular game day recipes countrywide?  

Based on our data, it’s a three-way tie between Sausage Cheese BallsChex Mix and Buffalo Wings or Buffalo Chicken Dips.  


If you’re competitive when it comes to your culinary creation, Carson has an easy way to score success on game day.  

“Nobody wants to go home with leftovers, and it’s no secret that the first dish to go at the party is the winner,” she says. “If you want a dish that’s sure to win the football food title, check out, or for our kitchen-tested, crowd-pleasing game day recipes.” 

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