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8 Must-Have Tailgating Snacks

Football season is finally here, and so is the grand tradition of tailgating! Whether you’re cheering on your favorite professional team or donning your alma mater’s colors, good times and boisterous bragging await. And of course, there’s the food.

The tailgate is a food mecca for those who love the art of transportable, outdoor feasting. A great burger [1] is necessary. You can even whip up some great BBQ using your favorite brew [2].

But for me, tailgating is all about munchies – nosh-able snacks and handheld foods that you can grab in a bite before your next turn at cornhole or ladder toss.

While you’re waiting for the big game and to see your favorite team toss around the ol’ pig skin, grab a potato skin, a chicken drumstick, or some crave-worthy kettle corn.

And make sure your food gets there safely! Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold with Rachael’s Foodtastic Party Box [3] (seriously, it’s a party in a box) or her ChillOut Totes [4].

Whiskey Chicken Drummers [5]

Chicken drumsticks get a kick from whiskey or bourbon – plus hot sauce! Whip up a big batch of these tasty bites to serve up at your tailgate.

Cobb Salad Layer Dip [6]

Cobb salads are great – but dips are better! Bacon, blue cheese, avocados and boiled eggs make this hearty dip more than just an appetizer. Serve with your favorite tortilla or pita chips.

Spinach Artichoke Skins [7]

You say pig skin, we say potato skins! Spinach artichoke dip is the epitome of tailgating fare, and marrying it with potato skins is a match made in heaven. Betcha can’t have just one.

Crunchy Oven-Baked Chicken Toes [8]

Why buy frozen chicken fingers when you can make these yummy chicken “toes” yourself? They’re easy for kids to make and even easier for them to eat. Bonus: Grown-ups love ’em too!

Bourbon Dogs [9]

Bourbon and barbecue sauce take these dogs totally over the top. Slice them ahead of time and bring toothpicks or skewers for easy, single-serving bites.

Hot N’ Sweet Kettle Corn [10]

Kettle corn is so addictive. It’s literally impossible to just have one handful. This kettle corn is even more crave-able with the smoky heat of chipotle powder.

Everything Roasted Nuts [11]

Grill seasoning, ground cumin, and poppy and sesame seeds – if you love “everything” bagels, you won’t be able to handle this roasted nut mix.

Pigskin Meatballs [12]

Pork and potato in one, poppable, meaty bite. What’s not to love?