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by Dianna Ranere

The Nation’s Favorite Party Foods, Ranked

The foods that come to mind when you think about throwing a party say a lot about who you are. If your idea of a good shindig is a lot of music and clam chowder, you’re probably from the northeast. If nachos are more your sort of thing, then, guess what, you’re from one of the southern states. Okay, granted, the rules aren’t as hard-and-fast as they used to be. But if you’re of a certain age, specific treats come to mind. 

In this post, we’re going to look at the nation’s favorite party foods and rank them. 

Chicken Wings

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Chicken wings are a staple for the Super Bowl, and something that you’ll also want in your bowl, for the next party you throw. You can prepare them in dozens of ways, from coating them with a light marinade to deep-frying them in batter or breadcrumbs. 

The great thing about chicken wings is that you can indulge in them savory or sweet. It’s your party. So you can do what you like. Why not a combination of both? 


Nachos With Guacamole

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We already discussed nachos, but it is worth repeating that these are the quintessential party food for many people. The fact that you can add so many toppings is a real bonus. Options include ground spiced beef, melted cheese, shredded cheese, salsa, green salsa, olives, green onions, guacamole, and sour cream. There are probably a load more things on that list, but you get the picture. Nachos allow you to customize your flavors and get precisely what you want from them. 


Fruit Cake

Cake is a regular feature at parties, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. Hosts wheel out the lemon cake whenever they want to create a positive impression and get guests excited. 

There are all sorts of fruit cakes out there. Some pulverize the fruit and include it in the batter. Others use chunks of dried fruit to add sweetness and texture to the sponge. For some, the fruit is in the form of jelly – very traditional! 

If you’re stuck for how to include fruit, you can just place it in a neat pattern on top. That always looks good. 


Pepperoni Pizza

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Pepperoni pizza is the hallmark of a laid-back party or a small gathering of friends. You can order take-out, of course. But often you’re better off creating the base and toppings yourself. 

If you go down the do-it-yourself route, make sure you use genuine buffalo mozzarella. It’ll stretch like on a high-quality pizza from an Italian pizzeria – way better than anything you can get pre-made in the store. Then just add fresh toppings and bake on high heat.


Potato Skins

Top of our list has to be potato skins, purely because of the versatility. You get the delicious crunch of the skin itself, plus delicious flavors like cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives. 

If you want to try something a little more experimental, scrap the bacon and replace it with prosciutto or a lump of fresh brie.