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Each year, American grocery stores experience a surge in purchases that, like clockwork, occur in early February. Popular items include ground beef and preformed burger patties, cheese, chicken wings, chips, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, beer, pizza, and avocados. Also occurring at that same time is a noticeable spike in food deliveries for similar items.

You're sitting there thinking, "But gosh, Hungry Fan, why does this occur?" Ha, yeah right. As if you need us to tell you. But just in case you've been living under a rock, the reason for this flood of food purchasing is because that's when the apex of the NFL season rolls around—the game of all games—the one time when it's even cool and potentially enjoyable to watch commercials. We here at Hungry Fan refer to it as "the Big Game" because we don't have the big bucks it takes to license the official name. But you know which game we mean. Even if you're not a sports fan whatsoever, you know this game. It's literally the highest-rated show on television every single year. It's so popular, in fact, that it's recognized as a food holiday in this country. And it's so big, that it's second only to Thanksgiving in food consumption.

Food and drink is such a big part of how we watch the Big Game—of how we homegate while we watch. It's uniquely American, and we happen to be particularly good at being gluttonous. (Not sorry, world.) Just how much do we consume? We thought you'd never ask! Check out this nifty infographic we made. It's quite the conversation starter we assure you...

 

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