Best Frozen Foods for a Super Bowl Party

Best Frozen Foods for a Super Bowl Party
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Best Frozen Foods for a Super Bowl Party

Trader Joe's Shrimp Corn Dogs

A cross between shrimp tempura and a classic corn dog, guests enjoyed the fact that these were crispy, perfect as a finger food, and went really well with the chili sauce.

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Trader Joe's Piccolo Panini

These frozen grilled cheese sandwiches were packed with flavor. A combination of pesto, cheese, and red pepper spread, they were a great cocktail size and they tasted fresh. Make sure not only the inside is cooked through, but also that the bread is well toasted.

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Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Sure, there are plenty of spinach and artichoke dips in the freezer aisle, but this one takes the cake. A fan favorite among many blogs, this dip is equal parts cheese, spinach, and artichoke and isn't overwhelmingly creamy at all. Also, it's so easy and a quick fix appetizer.

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Trader Joe's Arancini Bites

These mini rice balls are ideal for not only game day viewing, but great for cocktail parties as well. Filled with fontina, these arancini oozed gusto with hints of Parmesan and mozzarella. Beware of over-baking as the cheese can melt out. Guests demanded fresh tomato sauce for dipping as well which made a great combination.

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Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Forget the cheese, the seasoning in the breading was on point with these and when baked well, they were crunchy and uber-flavorful.

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Totino’s Party Pizza

Have you ever had a Totino’s Pizza Roll? Yes, you probably have — as an after-school snack back in the day or just while watching a game of some sort. If you have, then you’re fully aware of how good they are. Now, take that and make an entire pizza from it — delicious. When tried against that of DiGiorno’s, we silenced all those "it’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno’s" theories — Totino’s won.

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Kashi’s BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza

For those of you that like to push the envelope with pizza toppings, Kashi takes the cake with its hearty combo of chicken, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, and a wood-fired crust that proved to be loved among guests. Available at grocery stores nationwide.

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T.G.I. Friday’s Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Dip

A big favorite among snackers, this dip was a hit with the crowd. While there are plenty of versions of spinach and artichoke dip, this one is flavor-packed and garlicky and isn't as creamy as others that are loaded with mayo or cream cheese. In grocery stores nationwide.

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White Castle Microwaveable Hamburgers

Why microwave your burgers when you can just buy a Crave Case? Well, because it’s easier and tastes exactly the same. Guests were impressed when they thought I went out and bought the real deal — little did they know.

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Gardein’s Ultimate Beefless Sliders

Thinking of your vegan and vegetarian guests than aren't going to be reaching for the White Castle sliders? Get the next best thing with Gardein’s beef-less sliders that deliver a substantial amount of protein and won’t hurt your waistline as much as the real stuff. And guess what? We fooled a bunch of people — they couldn't even taste the difference.

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Nathan’s Beef Franks in a Blanket

We wouldn't get these from anywhere else but Nathan’s. There’s no comparison — maybe it’s the Coney Island in us, but no one does hot dogs like Nathan’s.

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Amy’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese

This was a cult college favorite among my roommates, but when it's made in a big batch and served for a big crowd it definitely fits the comfort food criteria and hit the mark on cheesy, creamy goodness.

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Tyson’s Fully Cooked Hot Buffalo Wings

Sure, there were reputable contenders, but let’s just say they weren't worth mentioning. Tyson, one of the country’s largest processors of chicken, knows what they’re doing and we’ll leave it at that. Super spicy — just the way we like them! Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Gardein’s Classic Buffalo Wings

If we’re going to talk about your vegan and vegetarian guests not missing out, we have to talk about the number one game day snack — wings. These meatless Buffalo wings from Gardein have the same consistency as chicken wings and have a serious kick that gives the real deal a run for its money.

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Golden Krust Beef Empanadas

The Jamaican delicacy is ideal for game day because they’re a perfect finger food due to their size and the fact that they’re not greasy or soggy. Also, the spiciness of the beef is authentic in flavor.

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Nathan’s Famous Thick Sliced Battered Onion Rings

Nothing’s crispier or crunchier than these famous rings. There wasn't even a question among the crowd; they beat out Ore-Ida and Alexia easily. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Checkers & Rally’s Seasoned French Fried Potatoes

The ever-famous double drive-thru burger spot is just as popular for its crispy fries as it is for its burgers. When fried, these were as crisp and seasoned as they are straight from the source. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Hot Pockets Snackers: Honey BBQ Recipe Chicken Bites

We were definitely skeptical of these in the beginning. When it comes to Hot Pockets, it’s usually best to stay simple like Ham and Cheese. But surprisingly, these were authentic in BBQ flavor and loaded with chicken. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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SuperPretzel SoftStix: Cheddar Cheese Filled Soft Pretzel Sticks

For the real stadium food aficionado, you’ll know that soft pretzels are ideal to a true game day experience. Nix the side dipping sauce of queso; its right inside these and oozes out once you take a bite. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Trader Joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

Whether fried or microwaved, these potstickers are perfect for those guests looking to mix things up. My guests preferred them fried. They're great for crowds and the flavor is on point. Serve with soy sauce. Sold exclusively at Trader Joe's nationwide.

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It's coming and it's coming fast — the Super Bowl is finally here. For some of us that's a saddening thought, because either our beloved team didn't make the cut or we're dreading the end of the NFL season, but the Super Bowl is a time to party — with friendly wagers, friends and family, commercials, beers, and our favorite part, classic game day grub.

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Quintessential Super Bowl fare boils down to those comforting dishes we have come to know and love during many Sundays glued to the television watching the big game season after season. And yet, while we enjoy bottomless wings and heaping piles of nachos, we don't always have time to spend hours in the kitchen cooking before the game, especially when there's a huge group of people to entertain.

Luckily for us, there's a plethora of frozen fare that's fit for serving to a crowd. The frozen food aisle is home to tons of snacks, dips, wings, and more that bring the same great taste but take a fraction of the time to make.

With brands you've come to know and love, like Nathan's Famous, T.G.I. Friday's, Checkers, and others, it's easy to trust these products and give them a try at your game watch.

Our list of must-tries didn't appear from thin air; it's the result of scouring reader reviews on product sites and blogs as well as cornering the best-sellers. These party foods have been tested on a hungry crowd over a series of game day Sundays, so if they can stand out among cases of beer and a way-too-loud television broadcasting the games, you know they're winners.

Looking for some frozen delectables to add to your Super Bowl menu? Check out our slideshow above!

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