By Keith Shaw
Secretary of Snacks
It's time once again for the snacker's favorite holiday — the Super Bowl — or as we like to call it around here, "Snacker Bowl Sunday." It's the part of the year where you can officially quit your New Year's resolution to lose more weight, go put on a pair of sweatpants and pig out on your favorite treats.
But Snacker Bowl Sunday does take some planning, so we're here to give you some tips and suggestions to make your party the most snacktacular ever.
This year the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Seattle Seahawks, and for once we here at Taquitos.net headquarters can concentrate on our snack plans instead of pacing in our living room playing Simpsons Uno while the game is on. (We're fans of the New England Patriots, and that’s how we watched their victories in three out of the last four Super Bowls.)
Since the Pats aren't playing, we're suggesting that you abandon any plans for New England-style chips at your Snacker Bowl Party. That means no Cape Cod chips. However, in honor of the Steel City (Pittsburgh in case you forgot), we are allowing you to try Kettle Corn, which is made these days in steel kettles (see the review of Poppin' Shoppe Kettle Corn for more information). When it comes to potato chips, Pittsburgh-area chip maker Snyder of Berlin would be a good choice. We're also OK with Gibble's chips (also known as Nibble with Gibble's), since the manufacturer is in Pennsylvania.
Fans of the Steelers can also enjoy other Pennsylvania-made snacks, including pretzels from Snyder's of Hanover, snacks from Herr's or any of the Utz-branded potato chips and snacks. Pennsylvania is a snack mecca, so any time we're there we love looking for new snacks.
Finally, in honor of Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, we think you should have some burgers on hand — it goes against our theory of not having to cook anything in order to have a snack, but in this case we think having an honorary Ben Roethlis-burger would be OK.
If you're a fan of the Seahawks, there are a few rules in terms of your snacking priority. First, you MUST go out and buy a bunch of Tim's Cascade Style potato chips, the best darn chip in the Northwest. We don't care if you get the regular version or the jalapeño style, they are both quite awesome and a perfect way to show your love of Seattle. Second, go out and find some Wasabi Funyuns, as nothing says fun like wasabi and onions. Mmmmm!
We couldn't think of any fun snack-related name puns for Matt Hasselbeck or Shaun Alexander, so no recommendations there. Since Seattle is the Starbucks capital of the world, you might want to throw in some coffee-flavored snacks, but we kind of frown on that since coffee and potato chips don't really mix well together.
Whatever you decide to have at your Snacker Bowl Sunday party, remember to snack responsibly — no cooking, don't eat so much that you miss the hilarious commercials, and remember to pace yourself — it's a long game.