Sporked’s Guide to Game Day Snacking

It’s the Big Game! Or it’s the play-offs for the Big Game. Or it’s a Little Game. As long as it’s a game, it’s time for snacks. Fried snacks, snacks for dipping, crispy snacks, salty snacks—and drinks, of course. But don’t just grab the first bag of potato chips you see—and don’t try to make wings from scratch. Here’s the Sporked guide to Game Day eats, whether you’re watching that football game or hunkering down for a five-day cricket championship. 

Frozen Essentials

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Best Frozen Chicken Wings

Why bother dealing with the mess that is deep-frying wings when you can buy the best frozen wings at your grocery store? Whether you want to season them yourself or are looking for pre-sauced selections, we’ve got you covered. 

Best Frozen Pizza

We tasted through the best frozen pizza brands and these were the best pies, no matter your favorite style.

Best Frozen Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels dunked in queso (see below for recommendations on that!) are Game Day snack royalty. 

Best Frozen Taquitos

We tried everything from corn-wrapped chicken to flour-wrapped beef to find the best-tasting taquitos on the market. 

Best Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Warm up some jarred marinara and throw the best frozen mozz sticks in the airfryer. You’re practically running your own gastropub. 

Wing Accompaniments

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Best Buffalo Sauce

We tasted as many buffalo sauces as we could get our hands on so all you have to decide is whether you want a drum or a flat.

Best Wing Sauce

Not a buffalo fan? Here’s the best of every other type of wing sauce. 

Best Blue Cheese Dressing

Spicy wings need cooling blue cheese dressing, and these are the best ones out there. 

Best Ranch Dressing

We ate big spoonfuls of salad dressing to find out which ranch is the ranchiest ranch on the market. 


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Best Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is a top-five appetizer. Here are the best spinach dips to buy. 

Best French Onion Dip

Onion expert Jordan Myrick tried every French onion dip they could find at the grocery store to see which ones were chip worthy. 

Best Queso

Every Game Day party needs a jar of queso and a big bowl of chips.

Best Bean Dip

Don’t forget the bean dip! Whether you’re making a seven-layer dip or just filling out your spread, these bean dips are tried and verified. 

Best Guacamole

Don’t hurt yourself making guacamole. You can buy great pre-made guac at the grocery store. 

Best Store Bought Salsa

Whether you like it spicy or mild, we have a salsa rec for you.

Best Spicy Dip

Jordan tried a whole slew of dips to see which truly set their mouth on fire. 

Best Buffalo Chicken Dip

These are the absolute best store-bought buffalo chicken dips.

Crunchy Snacks 

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Best Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips are the unsung heroes of the chip world—and they’re absolute staples in a Game Day spread.

Best Potato Chips

We’ve tried a lot of potato chips for a variety of rankings, and these are the best potato chips to eat by the bagful. 

Best Pretzels

If there’s beer at your party, then you also need to have pretzels. It’s the law. 

Vegan Dupes 

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Best Vegan Buffalo Wings

We tried every single vegan buffalo wing we could find, and these are the meatless buffalo wings you should be buying.

Best Vegan Queso

Vegans shouldn’t give up on their search for a delicious, cheesy-but-cheese-less queso. We found three we genuinely recommend.

Best Vegan Frozen Pizza

Vegan frozen pizza has come a long way. Satisfy your plant-based guests with these picks. 


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Best Hard Seltzer

We tried many, many, many cans (over 60) and these are the best seven to buy—both single flavors and mixed cases. 

Best IPA Beer

This is the definitive (for now) ranking of the best IPA beers you can buy at the supermarket.

Best Non-Alcoholic Beer

We sat down to find the best-tasting non-alcoholic beer out there and these beers made the cut.

Best Gluten-Free Beer

Rejoice! For a few breweries have figured out how to make perfectly delicious gluten-free and reduced-gluten brews.

Best Light Beer

Want to buy the best tasting light beer for reals? We did the work. 

Best Hard Cider

The best hard apple cider is more than just a stand-in for beer for people who think beer is too bitter. Here are our top picks. 

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