6 Quick facts about buffalo wings that will punch you in the face
Everything you never wanted to know about America’s favorite snack.
Number of wings Americans ate during Super Bowl 50 (162.5 million pounds) — an amount that can circle the Grand Canyon over 120 times if each wing is laid top to bottom in one delicious line.
Chicago resident Patrick Bertoletti claimed victory in Philadelphia’s 23rd Annual Wing Bowl by devouring 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes, setting a new world record. During the same competition, professional eater Molly Schuyler ate 440.
Started from the Bottom
Less than 50 years ago, wings were considered the least desirable part of the chicken, often tossed or cooked into stock. Now it costs more per pound than the breast, making it the most expensive meat on the bird.
Buffalo wings aren’t actually made from real buffalo, brainiac. They get their name from the food’s point of origin: Buffalo, NY.
The Big Push
If not for the Buffalo Bills going to four consecutive Super Bowls (and losing all of them) from 1991-94, Domino’s Pizza may have never spent its $32 million in Buffalo Wing advertising — putting a major spotlight on the snacks for the rest of the world to see.
In 2013, there was a shortage of chicken wings before the big game, causing the average price to climb around $2.52 per pound, compared to $1.97 the year before. The lack of wings is attributed to the abnormally high price of corn at the time.