Some people get super excited about watching the Super Bowl. And then, there are those who get super excited about Super Bowl parties.
During the game, the former huddle around the TV, cheer and groan with each touchdown and fumble, all the while filling their bellies with chips, burgers and beer.
The latter spend the game fretting over empty chips bowls and grilling up burgers and hot dogs. Busy hosts know it takes planning, preparation and tools to throw the perfect Super Bowl party. Did you really think that bowl refilled itself?
To help ease the work, look no further than the kitchen accessories aisle for the best party-ready gadgets.
Sit back, relax and kick off the game with a frosty margarita, compliments of the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker. The professional-quality machine is not a blender. Rather, it shaves ice and mixes it precisely into fresh juices and ingredients to create restaurant-worthy drinks.
A rear reservoir channel washes away melted ice, making watered-down drinks a thing of the past. The concoction-maker comes with a retro-style glass pitcher with marine detailing, a measuring shot glass, salt rimmer and one-year warranty. Retailing for $299.99, the drink-maker is sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Yuck. What's grosser than gobs of clotted cheese dip? Clotted, cold cheese dip. Thanks to the Select Brands Electric Heated Chip and Dip Tray, your dip will stay warm and chip-eaters will stay happy.
The tray holds a walloping 22 ounces of dip and keeps it warm while you watch the game. Want cool salsa instead? No problem. The heat on the dip tray can be turned on and off, and is removable for easy cleanup. Don't worry if you can't choose between corn chips, tortilla chips or pretzels. You won't have to, as the tray features four holding compartments for an assortment of dip companions. The tray is available for $24.99 at Target and area home stores.
Sweet, tangy or smoky, barbecue is a Southern party staple. It was impossible to cook up fall-off-the-bones barbecue at home during the winter, though, until Rival introduced the Crock Pot BBQ Pit. Sitting on the countertop, this slow roaster cooks up tender, flavorful barbecue.
The heating chamber, glazed stoneware and racks are designed to slowly cook the meat with an even-heat system. The pot is simple to use. Just cook the meat, place it in the stoneware pan and set the temperature for cooking. Holding up to 12 pounds of meat, the cooker is ideal for large shindigs. Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond and area home stores, it retails for $99.99.
Who could forget the beer-can barbecue option? The ingenious Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Beer Can Chicken Roaster uses a beer can to give poultry a juicy, tender flavor. Position the chicken on the stable, steel square rack and grill away. A stainless drip tray will catch the grease and prevent flare-ups. The roaster retails for $15.99 and is sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond and area home stores.
Sure, you could just toss a bag in the microwave and hit the pop button. But where's the fun in that? Fill your home with the salty scents, and your belly with the salty goodness, of freshly made popcorn. The Back to Basics popcorn popper can pop up to 6 quarts of popcorn, plenty for your hungry football fans.
The durable, stainless steel at-home snack maker features a hand crank to evenly heat and stir kernels, resulting in fewer unpopped seeds. The popper is available for $24.99 at Wal-Mart and other area home stores.
Staff writer Anna Ferguson is trying to outfit her new but bare kitchen. She can be reached at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308 or at email@example.com.