American’s love chicken wings almost as much as they love football. With Super Bowl 47 coming up this weekend, the National Chicken Council (NCC) estimates that more than 1.23 billion wing portions will be eaten over Super Bowl weekend.
The council puts that number into perspective:
“…if 1.23 billion wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore…27 times”
Ranch vs. Bleu Cheese
This is an age-old argument between wing eaters. Do you eat hot wings with ranch or bleu cheese? Well, NCC asked more than 2,000 adults what they used on their wings. The answer? Ranch is the overwhelming favorite condiment to chicken wings with 57% of respondents using it to compliment their wings.
35% of those survey preferred bleu cheese, instead.
History of the “buffalo wing”
The NCC also touched on the history of the chicken wing as a food favorite. Apparently cooking wings in hot sauce started in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.
At the time, wings were just leftovers, but the restaurant’s co-owner cooked them as a late-night snack for her son and his friends. The wings were a hit and shortly after, the wings were added to the menu.
This post is making me hungry, but I’m on a diet. Maybe I’ll enjoy some awesome hot wings during next year’s Super Bowl. This year I’ll probably just have some juice and rice… I can’t wait…