I’ll talk about the snack stadium in two parts, how to build it and how to fill it.
- 14 Cardboard Magazine Files, unassembled
- Ruler, Hot Glue, Scissors
- 2 Half Size Foil Pans
- Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil
- Open up the magazine file until it is in one flat piece. This will probably require that you separate two pieces that are glued together. Cut the top 3.5 inches off the magazine file. Keep the piece you cut off as a template for the other magazine boxes.
- Repeat the process until all 14 boxes have been trimmed down by 3.5″ inches. With a hot glue gun, reassemble the magazine file. There will be 6 boxes along the back and three on each side. The final two will serve as a stand for the soda cans. They are assembled the same way but turned on their side. The soda cans stand up on the side of the magazine files.
- Line 12 of the magazine holders with foil or parchment paper. It will protect your food and the cardboard.
- This snack stadium is salty vs sweet so I decided to split the field in half. That is why you need 2 half size foil pans. If you want to make the field one thing, just pick up a full size foil pan instead.
Filling the Snack Stadium:
- A snack stadium can hold a wide variety of snacks, so I went to Walmart to find the best selection of treats and snacks for my snack stadium. My must have items were:
- Pepsi™ and Diet Pepsi™ 12 oz. 12 packs
- SNICKERS® FUN SIZE®
- TOSTITOS® Scoops and TOSTITOS® Original
- TOSTITOS® Chunky Salsa
- I filled in the rest of my sweet and salty sections with goodies from the chip and candy aisle at Walmart. There were a tons of choices at a great price.
- Stack 8 cans on each corner of the stadium. Add some books to the magazine file to keep it from collapsing from the weight of the cans.
- For the salty half of the field I went with a pretty traditional layered dip. The layers were beans, sour cream, cheese, and salsa verde. I added yard lines with sour cream.
- The sweet half of the field is green rice cereal treats. The photos don’t look very green but I was trying to match the shade of the salsa verde, so it’s pretty light. The yard lines on the sweet side are piped on frosting.
- To finish it off, I added some football shaped bowls and added TOSTITOS® Chunky Salsa and some Skittles®.
- Just to add to the football theme I added some plastic football helmets, #1 “foam” fingers, and megaphones that say “Go Team.” These are meant for cake decorations and therefore are food safe. Always be cautious about what items you put in contact with your food.
Here’s the whole stadium once it was finished. If you were going to build and serve the Snack Stadium it would probably feel pretty overwhelming. I made a few of the magazine files at a time and then it was time to serve I just had to set it up and fill with food. It is totally manageable. Your game day guests are going to love it too!
Okay, I have one more quick little how-to I want to tell you about. Skittles® on a diagonal is a challenge. I tried all kind of things to make my Skittles® section look full.What finally worked was taking three small bowls and duct taping them to the box. A small piece of tape on each side of the bowl did the trick. I stuffed the magazine file with colorful tissue paper to hide any gaps in between the bowls.
Here’s a shot of the empty bowls. You can see the tissue paper and the duct tape.
Here it is full of Skittles®. You can still see the tape a little bit, but once it in the snack stadium next to other magazine files, it really is not noticeable at all.
There is a lot going on in this snack stadium so here are a few more shots up close. Go Team Salty!
Go Team Sweet!
Okay, so which side are you on? Team Salty or Team Sweet? Leave me a comment and let me know what belongs in your ultimate snack stadium! Visit the #GameDayGlory hub for lots more ideas for Snack Stadiums.