With a little preparation, you can have fun, impress your guests, and feed a hungry crowd all at once.


When I started making Snack Stadiums about seven years ago, it wasn't a big thing. Now they're made in all shapes and sizes, many with cardboard containers and pre-made kits with foil pans. But aside from an aluminum tray and a few toothpicks for support, this one is all food — making it more challenging to build, but even more satisfying to enjoy. And it all doesn't have to be classic tailgate junk food; the beauty of a snack stadium is that it's totally customizable.

Video by Heather Jones @msjonesnyc

Want to make your own Super Bowl Snack Stadium? Here’s how to do it:

Suggested materials:

  • Equipment:
  • Aluminum pan about 11"x14" and no deeper than about 2"
  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Tablecloth
  • Toothpicks
  • Shot glass
  • Food:
  • About 2 dozen Rice Krispies Treats, brownies, blondies, rice cakes or donuts
  • 23 kinds of chips, pretzels or puffed snacks
  • 4 large colorful peppers of any color
  • 4 kinds of dip (like hummus, nacho cheese, ranch, spinach, onion or salsa)
  • Sour cream in a plastic squeeze bottle for the sidelines
  • Guacamole
  • 2 kinds of cheese (different colors) in blocks
  • 2 kinds of pitted olives
  • Sliders, taquitos, minibrats, small sandwiches or pulled chicken with buns
  • Slim Jims, miniature chocolate bars, licorice rolls, Gatorade.
  • Any other colorful snacks you want to fill up the grandstand like broccoli, carrot or celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, peanuts or spicy peas
  • An almond for the football
  • Small flagged toothpicks for a festive finishing touch

2 days before:

  • Sketch out your snack stadium
  • Go shopping for ingredients, and keep in mind your guests' allergies or food restrictions
  • Figure out where to build it — this will be the same place you eat it (trust me, you won't want to move this thing!) A green or colorful tablecloth will showcase it well.
  • Set up a camera to do a time lapse

1 day before:

  • Make whatever homemade ingredients you like (such as pulled chicken for the sandwiches, brownies, etc.) and store them properly
  • Slice the two different colors of cheese into about 2"x 1/2" blocks for the players, and top with olive helmets. (Teams are 11 players each.) Refrigerate them standing up.
  • Cut Rice Krispies Treats, brownies, and donuts for use as your building blocks.
  • Assemble the goal posts by cutting 4 equal lengths of Slim Jims for each goalpost. Then can break a toothpick in half (but don't separate it) and bend it through to ends to secure. Make into a "U" shape then attach bottom post to a small block of cheese to anchor.

The morning of the big game:

  • Get up early. It takes about an hour to build, but you should have everything prepped and nearby.
  • Ask your guests to come half an hour before kickoff so it's fresh when they get there.
  • Make the green pepper dip bowls by slicing the tops off four peppers. Hollow them out and fill with different dips.
  • Place the peppers at the corners of the aluminum pan. Leaving about 1-2" space away from the pan, place Rice Krispie treats, brownies and donuts around your field to create a sweet bottom layer. 
  • Build the next savory layer with brats, tacos, sliders, etc. The space in between can then be filled with whatever you like: chips, taquitos, peanuts. Keep in mind the heavier stuff should on the bottom for strength. Place cocktail flags on top.
  • Add the guacamole to the field and smooth it out with a spatula. Using a sour cream squeeze bottle, make yard lines and hash marks on the field.
  • Configure the cheese olive players on the field. Place the Slim Jim goal posts, at either end zone. Put a Gatorade shot on your favorite teams' sideline.
  • Place mini candy bars on top of licorice bites to make cars for the parking lot.
  • Place the almond for the football at the 50 yard line, and you're done!
  • (Optional: you can carve a blimp out of summer sausage, add a burnt piece of toast for a jumbotron, use regional snacks from each team's home city in the end zones, or customize the stadium with a foil covered piece of cardboard for a retractable roof, for example.)