Ah! Super Bowl Sunday! The day to kick back, cheer your favorite team and . . eat, eat & eat - For believe it or not, today is not just the most popular television event of the year, but also, the biggest day for home parties and, the second largest day for food consumption, after Thanksgiving!
So what do we eat? At the top of the list is everyone's favorite food - Pizza. Domino's alone expects to serve up 9 million slices, while Pizza Hut is gearing up for 2 million pies or 2.3 million feet of pizza. Next up on the list? Chicken wings (450 million of them) and foot-long subs.
But that's just the warm, take-out stuff - Super Bowl Sunday is also a big day for salty snacks. We apparently crunch our way through 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 milion pounds of tortilla chips, 69.6 million pounds of guacamole, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts!
As you would expect, all this noshing takes some serious money, not to mention, preparation time - It is estimated that Americans spends over $55 mm USD on food and drinks and, about 10 million hours getting it all ready!
Of course, all this eating takes its toll. 7-Eleven, the convenient store chain reports a 20% increase in antacid sales the day after the big game. Not only that, last year, over 1 million people called in sick on 'Super Bowl Monday', while another 4.4 million showed up late! It is no wonder that there are some Americans who believe that the day after the big game should be a national holiday. What do you think? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.
Go Steelers! Go Packers!
Happy Superbowl Sunday!