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The First Annual (Super Bowl) Appies: And Winners Are...

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

Due to being at the stadium, I haven't been at a Super Bowl party hosted by a friend for eight years now. But those who have read my Super Bowl party reviews from the city of the game know that I have a great love of food.

So this year, I decided I was going to help some of you plan the perfect Super Bowl party (in terms of eating, that is), with my first annual Appies. What are the Appies, you ask? They're the best of the best items I've used in the past for appetizing.

1. Hebrew National Beef Franks In A Blanket
Whether you "Answer To A Higher Authority" or not, these franks have the best taste. No mini franks does not a Super Bowl party make.

2. Lawry's Guacamole Spices & Seasonings


I don't expect people to spend all day cooking and baking to get ready for their Super Bowl parties, but, trust me, it's worth it to scoop out your own avocado. A couple years ago, a woman sued Kraft because its guacamole dip contained less than 2 percent avocado. But scooped out avocado crushed into a bowl does not make guacamole. I've all of a sudden made a decent guacamole thanks to this spice kit made by Lawry's.

Velveeta Cheese
Velveeta Cheese
Velveeta Cheese

3. Velveeta Pepper Jack Cheese
While I don't recommend you go with Kraft for your Guacamole option. I do recommend you go with Kraft for your cheese product on your nachos because Velveeta works better than cheddar!

4. TGI Friday's Cheddar & Bacon Potato Skins

T.G.I. Fridays
T.G.I. Fridays


I'm all for not washing potatoes and slicing them. That's why I'd advocate one of the few restaurant-branded products on the market that work. Unfortunately, I've only seen these in small packages, so you might have to buy out the freezer section for your many guests. Please folks, don't confuse these with the TGI Friday's potato skin chips in a bag.

5. Trader Ming's Potstickers
If you live in the middle of the country, I'm sorry. This is for people throwing parties on the East Coast and the West Coast and have a Trader Joe's nearby. Trader Joe's has some of the best appetizers around and its Chinese brand, Trader Ming's is no exception. They have these potstickers in vegetable and shrimp and they are surprisingly awesome.

Questions? Comments? SportsBiz@cnbc.com

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