Score a touchdown with Super Bowl snacks

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -- Besides watching the big game, (and the commercials!) what's the best part of Super Bowl Sunday? The food, of course!

Since Super Bowl XLIX is being played right here in our own backyard this year, the chefs at Arizona Culinary Institute are showing off their kitchen skills with some elevated game day snacks and desserts.

3TV's Heidi Goitia got some tips on what the guys want to eat on game day, and how to score a touchdown with your menu.

The experts say when it comes to guy food, think big, think hearty, and think meat! "We've got some sausage, we've got some wings, we've got some ribs, we've got some mac and cheese," says Chef Christopher Wolf.

And on this one day, most folks put their diets aside. "It's Super Bowl," says Wolf. "We're not really caring about watching our calories or waistlines; we just want delicious."

Then, we found out some insight about what the ladies want to eat! Turns out, many want something sweet!

Tracy Dewitt of the Arizona Culinary Institute showed off assorted candies, a chocolate hazelnut cake, and even a sweet cocktail.

Students from the Arizona Culinary Institute have also volunteered to cook for Taste of the NFL XLIX. "The Super Bowl Party with a Purpose." The event will be held at Westworld of Scottsdale on Saturday, January 31, and it raises awareness and dollars for hunger relief.

25 percent of the proceeds from this officially sanctioned NFL event will be distributed to hunger relief organizations here in Arizona through St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

More than 2,500 people are expected to attend this food and wine tasting extravaganza, which will be hosted by celebrity spokesperson Alyssa Milano. It will also feature a performance by the band Little Big Town. Even at $700 per ticket, the event is always a sellout, continually ranked as one of the top parties at the Super Bowl by USA Today.

"We are very proud of our student chefs who will be volunteering for this great cause," says Arizona Culinary Institute's Placement Director, Chef Glenn Humphrey. "This is such a great learning and networking experience where you work hard, and have fun, something ACI believes in."

In the past 23 years, more than $22 million has been donated by the Taste of the NFL to hunger relief organizations across the U.S. through the Feeding America Food Bank System. These funds have created over 170 million new meals for families in need.

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