The History of Hot Wings

A plate of hot wings

Every Super Bowl Sunday, Americans hammer down chicken wings. Last year, the National Chicken Council (That sounds like a fun job) estimated that 1.4 billion wings were consumed while watching the big game.

Did you know the first sports bar opened in 1979, with many more following soon after. These establishments needed a snack that was substantial and sharable, and wings fit the bill perfectly. They were already popular in Buffalo, but bar owners began to toss them in spicy sauce to encourage customers to drink more. From there, the dish migrated to living rooms and has become an integral part of the Super Bowl experience.