By Laura Mushrush
It’s that time of year again for American’s to gather around the big screen to catch the biggest football game of the year with friends and of course, good food. While Super Bowl food is most commonly pegged in the appetizer department, it has landed the football faceoff as the second biggest American eating holiday of the year – just behind Thanksgiving. According to the Calorie Council Control, the average American will shovel in 2,400 calories during the game.
So as you’re contemplating on going back for seconds and breaking your healthy lifestyle New Year’s resolution, here are some #agfacts to chew on during Super Bowl 50 as the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos play Feb. 7.
1. One cow hide makes 20 pigskins, aka footballs. The term pigskin comes from the 1800’s when animal bladders, most typically pig, were inflated to be used as a ball since they had a round shape. 120 game balls are used during the Super Bowl, including 12 kicker balls, meaning six cow hides will be tossed around the stadium on Sunday.
2. 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed on Sunday by Super Bowl fans – enough to circle the Grand Canyon 120 times. The first chicken wings were fried up at Anchor Bar, Buffalo, N.Y., in 1964 and have been a tradition ever since the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967.
3. 325.5 million gallons of beer will be drank on Super Bowl Sunday. One bushel of barley produces approximately 565 12-ounce beers. A little bar stool math tells us that 6,145,132.74 bu of barley are used to make the brews for the game, and that barley farmers are the real MVP.
4. 139 million pounds of avocados (about 278 million avocados) are expected to be eaten during the game – most likely to be smashed up into that sweet, sweet guac. To get a visual, this is enough avocados to fill a football field end zone to end zone in a pile 53 feet high. This is a 15 percent surge from 2015, says Hass Avocado Board, and has even lead to Avocados from Mexico to buy a 30-second commercial spot on game day.
5. 10 million pounds of ribs are sold during Super Bowl week, say our friends at the National Pork Board. Since Farm Journal Media has an office location in the Kansas City metro area, we recommend cooking those baby backs up with a Kansas City-style barbecue sauce. Put extra napkins on your shopping list because things might get messy.
6. 12.5 million pounds of bacon (#merica) are also consumed, adds the National Pork Board. The editors at PorkNetwork recommend “Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes.” This bacon wrapped sausage roll will make you a believer in a higher power.
7. 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be snacked on. It takes four pounds of raw potatoes to make one pound of chips, meaning potato farmers will be feeding the country 44.8 million pounds of spuds in one day.
8. 14 billion hamburgers were estimated to be served in 2015. Keeping up with that total and estimating each patty is a quarter of a pound, 3.5 billion pounds of ground beef are going to be put on buns this Sunday. However, when you consider the estimated total of Super Bowl 50 viewers to be 189 million Americans, 14 million seems more likely.
9. 4 million pizzas are expected to be delivered by Dominos, Pizza Hut and Papa Johns. Estimating that each pizza has 8 ounces of cheese, that is 2 million pounds of cheese or 20,000,000 pounds of whole milk. But since cheese is a gift from the heavens, we won’t judge if you load up your pizza pie with 32-ounces of dairy goodness. Go big or go home.
10. 3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be served on Sunday. Not a fan of plain popcorn? Turn it up with this kettle corn recipe. While we’re on snacks, fans will also consume 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips and 3 million pounds of nuts.