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With Super Bowl XLIX just days away, if you are like us and completely let the party planning slip – you’re in luck. We’ve put together a Super Bowl Party Essentials guide for the 2015 Super Bowl. Whether you’re a football fan or not (and we’re talking about American Football, not Canadian Football or even Soccer Football), Super Bowl is a time where men (and some women) gather to take in the pinnacle sports event of the year. The visceral action of the blitz, the Hail Mary, the running game and the hits combine to create a testosterone packed event – combine that with what is considered Advertising Christmas, and you’ve got a reason to celebrate for all folks!

Naturally, if you’re going to get the boys together to watch a little FOOTBALL (said in a Madden voice), you’re going to need a few things. Fortunately, unlike Christmas, you can get them all today and be prepared for a kickass party tomorrow! Here’s our suggestions on Super Bowl Party Essentials for 2015.

Television

LG 55 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Television

Alright, first off you’re going to need a solid television. You can go all out and get this massive LG 55″ 4K Ultra HD 120Hz television from Future Shop for $1300, knowing that it will future proof you against what’s coming in television and video. That said, maybe you’re the kind of person who is terrible with technology – in that case, perhaps check out an extremely affordable Walmart brand called Element, where you can get a 50″ 1080p 60Hz television for just $370. Just make sure that you have an HDMI cable and the ability to stream a high quality US feed, otherwise you’re getting the crappy Canadian commercials instead of the excellent US ones.

Beer + Cider

Savana Dry Cider

No Super Bowl should go without a great supply of beer on hand. Consuming calories should come from the food at a Superbowl party, so check out some Molson Canadian 67, where tall cans are currently on sale at the Beer Store. The low calorie beer doesn’t pack the same punch as other beers, but it’s a perfect inclusion with a lot of high calorie foods. You could also try something completely different and go with a manly cider. In this case, we recommend checking out Savana Dry Cider, $10 at the LCBO for 4. Served ice cold with a slice of lemon will cut through the grease of Super Bowl foods and refresh the tastebuds.

Non-Alcoholic

Bomb EnergyImage via CBC.

There’s two non-alcoholic drinks that are necessary at a Super Bowl party – one is a Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Much like the above suggestion to be able to cut through the grease and fatty foods, Canada Dry Ginger Ale is truly the best of the best and will settle any stomach! The second beverage you should get your hands on is Bomb Energy Drink. This Canadian made drink is perfect to keep your energy levels high while watching the game. Even if your team is down, you’ll be riding a wave of Bomb energy.

Snacks

Bugles

Snacks are a crucial addition to a Super Bowl Party, they provide something to crunch on (and notice the use of the word crunch) while it’s crunch time in game. The first snack you should have around is a Bugles! Yes, the under-appreciated Bugle is one of the best snacks on hand to have for game time. Mimicking a bullhorn, you’ll crunch into the salty corn snack. As a secondary snack, Smartfood is a great thing to pop into your mouth during a tense moment in game. The Super Bowl (and the ads) play like a major movie, so having some delicious popcorn to go with is a great match.

Food

Chili

Three foods are an absolute must at any decent Super Bowl Party. Chili, Chicken Wings, and Ribs. The holy trinity of Beef, Chicken and Pork combine to make the best sports event even better. We’ve tried them all, so we can safely recommend this Chili recipe as the go-to option. You can even do it in a crock pot for bonus points. When it comes to Chicken Wings, everyone has their favourite – but we’re major fans of Duff’s Wings. They are a bit scattered in their store placement, but trust us – you won’t be disappointed. Lastly, Ribs. This may be something you want to make yourself – but if you’re putting in the work on other things, check out the PC Honey BBQ Pork Ribs as a reasonable alternative. They cook quickly and are quite tasty, and no one will know (or care) if they you made them or not.

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