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The 5 Must Try Dishes That Will Be Available At the Super Bowl

At this point, football is only 50% of the Super Bowl. The NFL’s championship game is larger than life. It’s more of a cultural event, with celebrities and the press descending upon the host city seemingly straight from the Grammy’s and tickets going for, at the very least, thousands of dollars. So, it makes sense that the menu for the game would be larger than life as well. 

This year, Centerplate, a food and beverage company that serves entertainment venues around the United States, is in charge of creating a menu for this Sunday’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Led by national executive chef Carmen Callo, the Centerplate team has created a menu heavily inspired by Miami’s seasonal offering and its Latin heritage. 

Though there will be traditional gametime offerings like popcorn and Bud Light (and for a steal, at $5/can, at that), Centerplate has focused on making the menu a bit more elevated than your typical stadium food. This means bigger plates, better quality, and bolder flavors.

Check out our top five picks for what we’d grub out on if we were going to the big game:

Skewered Pork Kan-Kan

Kan-Kan is the pork equivalent to a tomahawk steak and, clearly, is just as visually striking as it’s bovine counterpart. Centerplate’s is marinated in a spice mix of annatto, sazon, and chimichurri, making for a South Beach blend of spice, zest, and umami.   

Key Lime Pie Milkshake

The Key Lime Pie Milkshake takes its inspiration from the pie stemming from the Florida Key’s iconic tiny limes. This vanilla milkshake is topped with fresh whipped cream, a candy gummy, a cherry, and an entire piece of key lime pie proving that, apparently, the only thing better than one dessert is two.

South Florida Seafood Paella

Key West shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, lobster stock, and Valencian bomba rice meet in one of Spain’s most iconic dishes. While this may not be directly Miami-inspired, Centerplate has added a secret mix of spices that draw from the Keys that bring the dish in line with the rest of the menu.

18” Cuban Dog

A Miami menu would be incomplete if there wasn’t a cubano-based dish. This foot-and-a-half long hot dog is covered in mojo pork, mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickles, as it attempts to recreate the famed Cuban sandwich.

Custom NFL Bon Bons

These minute chocolates were specially made for this year’s Super Bowl, as they feature unique decorations inspired by the 12 teams that made the playoff push for February 2nd’s game. I’m not going to lie, if I had these in my possession, there’d be less eating and more sneaking away in my pockets to keep as a relic.

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Mr. Peanut’s Funeral Will Go On Despite Kobe Bryant Tragedy

[Update: Planters clarified that it will still be running its Super Bowl funeral for Mr. Peanut. in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. The previously reported “pause” only impacted its paid advertising, and “some other outreach in the immediate wake of this tragedy.”

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When Planters decided to kill off their beloved Mr. Peanut character, there was a tiny corner of the internet that felt it was a bit morbid. Otherwise, their commercial featuring Wesley Snipes and comedian Matt Walsh was a wild success.

However, with the untimely death of global icon Kobe Bryant, Planters has thought better of their marketing angle, and decided to postpone their ad for Super Bowl Sunday.

“We are saddened by this weekend’s news and Planters has paused all campaign activities, including paid media, and will evaluate next steps through a lens of sensitivity to those impacted by this tragedy,” Planters said, Monday.

The “funeral” for Mr. Peanut was originally planned to air during the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s big football game, where they presumably would have introduced a new product.

News broke Sunday of Bryant’s death, along with his daughter Gianna, and seven others who were all involved in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. As you can imagine, Planters’ carrying on with its original approach would have been pretty distasteful at a time like this.

Planters has not commented on their next move, but it was definitely a good call to not go any further with the planned commercial.