Snack stadiums (snackadiums) are quickly taking over Super Bowl Sunday, bringing a new standard to American cooking techniques when it comes to simple bar food. Not only are these awesome edible stadiums festive and delicious, but they also provide a practical way of serving all your game day fare in one location. However, constructing one of these tasty behemoths can take some serious time and planning. With that said, it’s best not to try and build your snack stadium without proper preparation. Here are four tips to get you started:
1. Draw up blueprints
Even if you’re not the best sketch artist, you’ll need blueprints to build your snack-filled monument. Drawing up blueprints gives you an opportunity to think about the size of your stadium, how you’ll arrange foods and what materials you’ll need to support the arena. If you try to wing it, you may find that there’s not a practical or aesthetically pleasing way to present your snacks. Without a good design, a snack stadium can quickly turn into nothing more than a big mound of food.
2. Build a strong base
Buzzfeed notes that building a system of support is extremely important to the structural integrity of your snack stadium. The base can be constructed using cardboard, office supplies, aluminum trays, foil and various kitchen utensils. Again, this is where your blueprint comes in handy, as you’ll be able to get an idea of the dimensions of your final product.
3. Don’t try to move it
Food Republic advises building your snack stadium at the location which it will be consumed. Imagine constructing an elaborate structure, loading it up with delicious food and then trying to move it. The results will likely be less than desirable, and you may end up having your stadium stuck in the garage or another location that takes your guests away from the game.
4. Don’t skimp on the details
A snack stadium only lives up to its name if it looks like a football venue. Consider details like a guacamole field with queso used for yard lines and pick up some pretzels to make Xs and Os to represent players. Food Republic notes that goal posts can easily be built using nothing more than beef jerky sticks and toothpicks. For a finishing touch, get creative with the endzones to represent your favorite team or the teams playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.