Super Bowl Partytime: How to Build an Edible Stadium

Robyn Lee and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

There are Super Bowl parties, and then there are Super Bowl parties that have a mini edible stadium on display. After this step-by-step tutorial on how to make one, you should strive to host or attend the latter.

Our mission was to construct an all-edible stadium (well, minus the cardboard box and foil) with foods we'd actually want to eat. We used the classic partytime snacks, particularly stuff that only involved opening a jar or bag. Refried black beans, Tostitos salsa con queso, pre-made guacamole, Chex Mix... Of course you can take this to the next level with more homemade ingredients, but since the construction was labor-intensive enough, we skipped that.

Another rule: Only savory foods were allowed. This distinction meant no Twinkies buttressing the stadium or Gummi Bear players on the field.

Four and a half hours and many grocery store runs later (zoiks, we desperately need more pretzel rods!), we had our stadium. It also became a race against the clock to finish before the guacamole turned brown!


You Will Need

  • A cardboard box
  • X-Acto knife or box cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Tiny piping bag or zipper-lock bag
  • Cream cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Refried black beans
  • Queso Dip
  • Chex Mix
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Skinny pretzel sticks
  • Goldfish
  • Black and green olives

Note: Quantities vary with size of box.

We didn't end up using all of the items pictured here. The savory-only rule was made about five minutes after shooting this photo, so the Oreos hiding behind the sour cream were never opened.

It also helps to have someone with an architecture degree from MIT on hand. Luckily Kenji does!


The view from behind the Packers end zone.


Ed's game face. There are two more bonus shots of him in the slideshow!

On that note, let's jump to the slideshow for the step-by-step construction »

Acknowledgments: Special thanks to Lee of NachosNY for the brainstorming sesh at the International SE Day meet-up, where this idea was born. We also checked out this one from the blog Holy Taco during the initial strategy round.