The Best Game Day Snacks

Now I’ve never been a “game day watch the football go-team-go” kind of gal, but there is one part of game day—whether it’s NFL, MLB, NBA, the UCLA (yay!!) vs. USC (booo) football game—that I can totally get behind: the snacks.

Oh my lordy, game day snacks hit like no other, potentially just because I have nothing else to occupy me (what am I supposed to do, watch the game? Ahahahaha you’re so silly). But, yes, any sort of game day event I get roped into attending eventually turns into me getting three uninterrupted hours of snacking on the best junk food the good ol’ U.S. of A. has to offer. Speaking of the best game day junk food the U.S. of A. has to offer, here are, in no particular order, Sporked’s top ten picks for the best game day snacks.

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Foster Farms Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings

It ain’t game day without a gagillion and three chicken wings. Now I’m down with any sort of chicken wing, from BBQ to Buffalo, but when it comes to quick and easy frozen wings, Sporked found this offering from Foster Farms to be an amazing option. With their “even balance of crispy texture, tender meat, and amazing flavor,” as well as the inclusion of “aged cayenne peppers and a bit of vinegar,” these wings are a spicy, zesty, umami ace in the hole you can (and should) whip up at your next sportin’ soiree.

Related: Best Frozen Wings: 7 Best Frozen Chicken Wing Brands

Marketside Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Would it really be game day without a warmed-up bowl of spinach and artichoke dip and some tortilla chips? The answer is “HECK NO!” Also how often do you get to eat something that is essentially made of cheese mixed with cheese and cheese and call it a vegetable? This Marketside Spinach & Artichoke dip was Sporked’s favorite spinach dip because it contains four cheeses and delightful chunks of artichoke that balance out the decadence of the small army of cheeses within.

Related: The 5 Best Spinach Dips Are Bread Bowl Ready

On the Border Salsa con Queso

Ah, queso. The dish I am most likely to camp out next to with a plate of corn chips just going at it for hours. I mean it’s liquid cheese for heaven’s sake, it is there to be delightful, so you may as well be delighted by it. Now if you are a queso connoisseur, you may immediately pooh-pooh a store-bought option. But Sporked found that On the Border lived up to the hype and even exceeded expectations what with its dreamy creaminess, the “fruitiness from the jalapeño,” and the fact that it can be eaten hot or cold and is literally still delicious both ways.

Related: Get Cheesy with the 5 Best Store-Bought Quesos

On the Border Cafe Style Tortilla Chips

Guess who’s back. It’s On the Border. The brand is just that exceptional all the way down to the tortilla chips, a game-day staple everywhere. As a tortilla-chip fiend myself, I will definitely be checking these out the next time I’m at the store. Sporked staff writer Jordan Myrick noted that these delightful chips are sturdy enough to hold dips without being too thick. They also have “a mild corn flavor that makes them feel homemade rather than mass-produced,” and an almost canola oil-like scent that makes them taste freshly fried. Jordan also noted that these are salty enough to be eaten on their own which is great to know–I hate it when tortilla chips aren’t salted at all.

Related: Best Tortilla Chips: 7 Best Tortilla Chips for Dipping in Anything

El Monterey Extra Crunch Southwest Chicken Taquitos

Because I spent a good three months of college subsisting on taquitos, I sometimes forget that they’re also a party food. But the fact remains that taquitos are an absolutely delicious addition to any sports-day spread, and these El Monterey Taquitos are the perfect frozen taquitos for the job. You may be wondering, “What’s the extra crunch?” Well, my friend, these things are unique in the taquito world in that they have a crispy, deep-fried-looking coating on the outside, and chicken, cheese, peppers, and beans on the inside—not just meat. How utterly fantastic is that? Pretty utterly fantastic. When Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart took her first bite of these, she literally said “holy shit!” How many foods have you had that make you do that?

Related: We’re on a Roll with the 6 Best Frozen Taquitos

Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup & Dip Mix 

This one was a staple in my house growing up. If you’ve never taken a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, mixed it with a whole tub of sour cream, and dipped veggies and Ruffles in it, have you really lived? I would argue perhaps you have not! There was not a single Super Bowl party, dinner party, or other party my mom attended without bringing a bowl of this dip with some chips and veggies. And if you are still struggling to picture this stuff, Sporked staff writer Danny Palumbo puts it beautifully when he says “It’s got a creamy, cheese-like consistency to it once you mix in the proper amount of sour cream, and the onion flavor is rich.” He also noted that it contains MSG and soy, making it “savory as all get out,” and I couldn’t agree more. If you’re a savory kind of gal, definitely give this dip a try the next time you’re watching that puck-and-goal game.

Related: Best Dip Mixes: Ranch Mix, French Onion Mix & Beyond

Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Tater Tots

Ore-Ida owns the name “tater tots,” fun fact. Other tots are simply not “tater tots.” That being said, Gwynedd asserts that you “wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Ore-Ida’s Extra Crispy tots and tots that just emerged from a restaurant’s fryer.” Definitely some of the highest praise you could give any frozen item. Also, if you are so inclined, you could make goals out of something and use these li’l tater tots as footballs and have a fun mini game of table football while the actual one is happening on the screen right behind you! I definitely haven’t done this, this is totally just a suggestion …

Related: Fill Your Pockets with the 7 Best Tater Tots

 Good & Gather Crispy Chicken Breast Strips

Would I watch a football game from start to finish with no chicken tendies involved? Doubtful. These Good & Gather Crispy Chicken Breast Strips were hands down the best frozen tenders the Sporked team tried. They were a stand-out option not only because of the “nice spice in the breading that offers a welcome burst of flavor,” but also because the meat is “fresh and clean,” and “actually tastes like chicken breast too, not some ungodly chicken paste.”

Related: Finger Lickin’ Good: The 9 Best Frozen Chicken Tenders

Cool Ranch Doritos

I mean, they’re Cool Ranch Doritos, they’re a home run! (See, I know sports idioms.) They’re giving tang, they’re giving onion, they’re giving garlic, they’re giving pepperiness, they’re giving little green and red specks. They are giving perfection. Jordan agrees with me too, when describing these they said, “Literally zero notes.”

Related: The Best Doritos Flavors, Ranked

Trader Joe’s Ode to the Classic Potato Chip

Every football-themed soiree needs a classic plain potato chip. They can be dipped into queso or onion dip or just eaten straight. And according to Danny, Trader Joe’s nailed these plain chips. TJ’s really does make some high-quality stuff, but if you’re looking for that plain salty chip to round out your snack selection, Trader Joe’s Ode to the Classic Potato Chip has got your back. Danny said they have “a lovely salty and greasy quality that every potato chip should have” as well as an “earthy, fresh, potato-skin flavor” that really set these apart as the best of the best.

Related: Tater Debater: We Rank the 11 Best Plain Potato Chips


About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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