The Rundown

Magnificent Seven: Greatest stadiums made of food

The Rundown

For American sports fans, this weekend's Super Bowl is the biggest day on the sporting calendar.

And how better to celebrate the day than by combining American football with a love of meat?

That was one fan's idea as he created a snack food stadium to help get him and his friends in the mood for the showdown between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Now, the anonymous fan's structure - complete with ham and pepperoni sides, executive boxes made of club sandwiches and cheese puffs and pretzels standing in as fans - has been passed around Facebook and gone on to become an internet sensation after being featured in Westword magazine's Weird Food News blog:

Clever techniques have been used to raise the meat content percentage of this amazing stadium

And it turns out that there are plenty of people out there with more time - and more food -on their hands than they really need.

Comedy website Holy Taco has also got in on the act, adding a how-to guide :

Holy Taco's food stadium earns high marks for its outstanding use of Twinkies as walls

For the health-conscious, the Serious Eats blog made their own version that - shock, horror - actually used some green food. Though how much raw parsley Super Bowl watchers are likely to gobble down is very much up for debate:

Is parsley a vegetable? If so, this healthy option food stadium probably has one of your five a day..

Making a healthy version of a food stadium was always going to be an uphill battle, however, and sadly-defunct blog This Is Why You're Fat decided not to bother - they did, however, add dessert in the form of Rice Krispie squares to make the walls of the stadium:

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For those who like to mix it up a bit, this creation includes Rice Krispy walls as pudding

If a few token sweet bits aren't enough for you, however, the only viable option is cake. Texas A&M University students have a long-standing tradition of having their team's Kyle Field as their wedding cake, as this alumni blog shows:

Texas A&M University's Kyle Field rendered as a wedding cake. But where are the mini bride and groom?

Non-American football fans have been catered to (pun intended) as well, with this Italian restaurant's pasta-based version of Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium coming to us via the MacBros fantasy football blog:

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The venue for the 2008 Olympics, rendered in pasta and broccoli

But we'll leave the final word to the guys at Their work loses marks for not being fully edible - it's arranged on a base of wood - but earns them all back by including floodlights and an eye-watering calorie count of 110,428.

Floodlights and a scoreboard made of chocolate. Why didn' t you think of that?

That's enough to keep the average person going for almost two months. And what a two months they would be...

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