Cure for the Summertime Blues

September 8, 2008 | By | Comments (7)


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



  1. Bhavik Vasa

    These doughnuts are creative.Looks yummy too.
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    December 22, 2016 at 1:39 am
  2. Easter

    Thank you also from

    August 19, 2016 at 10:26 am
  3. Christmas

    Thanks so much for this I love both sweets and football – these make me hungry! From your friends at

    August 19, 2016 at 10:24 am
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    I am really glad to visit awesome stuff. Keep sharing more articles.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:26 am
  5. Ashley

    The berries from Shari’s are a great gift to yourself or someone else. They arrive on ice and are beautifully packaged – not to mention delicious!
    When are you going to come see Wake Forest play?
    Go Deacs!

    September 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm
  6. Cassandra Vanhooser

    I love those too! Lots of websites have them. You can get buy a 5 lb. bag for $31 at Oh, and check out the football-themed cupcake liners at You can get 75 cupcake liners for $2.09.

    September 8, 2008 at 11:52 am
  7. Beth

    Anybody else remember buying those foil covered footballs when they were kids? Haven’t seen any in years. Are they still out there?
    War Eagle!

    September 8, 2008 at 11:40 am

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