Monday, February 06, 2012

Pepsi & Popcorn at the Super Bowl #Cbias shop

You may or may not know that we are big football fans in this house. Well, all of us other than Little Boo. He's not quite there yet. He just sees football as something that takes his Dad and brother and the big screen TV away from him for five months of Sundays each year. But the Teen didn't used to like it either, so we hold out hope. We are long suffering Buffalo Bills fans, so we don't usually have a lot invested in the Super Bowl, but we wouldn't miss it for the world. And this year we had to watch to root against the Patriots, so there was that (yay Giants!!)

The whole Super Bowl experience is heavily centred on food and drink of course. We used to host a BIG party, but the last few years we have preferred to relax with just our boys. The pre-game shows are on all day, while we snack and prep for kick-off. Dinner is always a finger food affair in front of the big TV. Basically a whole lot of delicious calories get consumed. So when I was offered the opportunity to participate in the #PepsivsCoke shop with Collective Bias, to pick up drinks and snacks for Super Bowl Sunday, well, it was a perfect fit!

I was tasked with the quest to head out to my local Metro supermarket in search of Pepsi products and Con Agra's Orville Redenbacher popcorn to round out our menu. (You can pop on over to Google+ and read/see how my late evening shop played out!)

Metro is my primary grocery shopping destination, since it is close, is open 24 hours, and it offers Air Miles. I prefer to shop alone after Little Boo is in bed, and I definitely appreciate the quieter store I find in the evenings.

And the Pepsi family of products are regularly found in our household. We do drink pop. Not daily, but we enjoy it as a treat. The Teen drinks a fair bit of Mug rootbeer. And all of my boys enjoy the variety of flavours available in the Crush line-up. These are a great treat and being allowed a glass of cream soda or orange pop can make a regular day seem like a special occasion to a kid. When Mommy and Daddy are enjoying a beer with a ball game, a glass of pop makes Little Boo feel like he is part of the party :)

In the popcorn aisle I was amazed at the many flavour options available. But the one that really caught my eye was the Spicy Nacho. Who knew! Microwave popcorn is a convenient snack to have on hand, and, if you don't dowse it in extra melted butter like we do, I think it's a healthier choice than a bag of chips. Hubs and I both really liked the flavour of this Spicy Nacho variety. It definitely had a bit of a kick, and it was flavourful enough that we weren't tempted to add that extra butter or salt. Little Boo found it a bit spicy for his 6 year-old taste buds, but that just left more for us. We enjoyed this as a treat in the afternoon as we watched all the lead-up commentary.

Part of our feast
For our Super Bowl feast we had the usual hot wings, plus sweet potato fries, and assorted nibblies. I also did homemade guacamole with not-at-all homemade tortilla chips.
Someone wanted in on the wings

Here is my recipe for the guacamole. I have to admit that I am not big on recipes, and tend to throw things together that seem right for each other, and then taste test to re-balance the flavours if necessary. I'm sure I learned this tendency from my grandmother. But I took some time to think about what I was doing this time so I could give you some measurements to go by.

2 medium/large or 3 small ripe avocados
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon chipotle seasoning (or you could use chili powder)
generous dash cayenne
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 medium tomato, finely chopped (optional)

Cut avocados in half and scoop out the flesh into a medium mixing bowl. Mash to desired consistency.
Add garlic, lemon juice, sour cream, and seasonings. Combine thoroughly.
Toss in chopped tomato and mix to distribute.
Have a taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Be sure to press one of the avocado pits into the guacamole. This will help to stop the guac from darkening.
Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavours to develop.

The finished product. Delish! Hubs was even impressed.

Did you watch the Super Bowl this year? For the football or the half-time show? If you did watch, I'd love to hear about your experience - party or low-key?  Leave me a comment below!!

Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions expressed are my own.

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