I was tripped up by Hanna.
In a perfect world, I would have gone to Jordan-Hare on Saturday to watch Auburn manhandle Southern Miss. Instead, I sat on the tarmac in Philadelphia, suffering a long, miserable "weather delay" supposedly caused by fast-moving Hurricane Hanna.
I was downright blue…until I discovered the free wireless connection in the Atlanta airport (while waiting for yet another weather-delayed plane to take me to Birmingham). Soon I was surfing cyberspace, hunting down football-themed treats to accompany the perfect tailgate or football party.
Follow my search, and add your own.
– According to their website, Krispy Kreme is capitalizing on football fever with doughnuts decorated to look like footballs. From August 19 through September 30, participating stores will offer a 12-donut tailgate pack. Calls to Birmingham area stores yielded no results, so I haven’t actually sampled these gooey treats, but I’ll keep looking. These are too good to miss. So is the commercial Krispy Kreme made to promote their idea. Log on, and check it out.
– One of my family’s longtime favorites is college pasta from The Pasta Shoppe in Nashville, Tennessee. These logo-shaped noodles are not only cute, they’re tasty. They make wonderful pasta salads for tailgate parties or can be given as an inexpensive hostess gift. You can get a single bag for $5.99 or 5 bags for $25.
– If you’ve got some extra cash, consider ordering a batch of strawberry footballs from Shari’s Berries. This gourmet food company will send you a dozen chocolate-covered California strawberries for a mere $47.99. (To have them shipped to my home in Birmingham would cost a total of $75.88.) If you’re no Rockefeller and would rather make your own, continue your search. A number of recipe-based websites give directions.
– I also spent some time ordering custom printed M&Ms for my Volunteer-loving mother, Merrill "the Pearl" Vanhooser. Her candies will be orange and white, printed with "Go Vols!" and "Orange Power." The cheapest option–three 7 oz. bags–rings up at $35.97. With shipping and handling, the total edges toward $50, but don’t tell my mother. They’re a surprise for her Christmas stocking this year.
photos courtesy of Krispy Kreme