Best frozen foods for a Super Bowl party

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Nathan's Pigs in a Blanket

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It's coming and it's coming fast — the Super Bowl is officially less than a week away. For some of us that's a saddening thought, because either our beloved team didn't make the cut or we're dreading the end of the NFL season, but the Super Bowl is a time to party — with friendly wagers, friends and family, commercials, beers, and our favorite part, classic game day grub.

Quintessential Super Bowl fare boils down to those comforting dishes we have come to know and love during many Sundays glued to the television watching the big game. And yet, while we enjoy bottomless wings and heaping piles of nachos, we don't always have time to spend hours in the kitchen cooking before the game, especially when there's a huge group of people to entertain.

Luckily for us, there's a plethora of frozen fare that's fit for serving to a crowd. The frozen food aisle is home to tons of snacks, dips, wings, and more that bring the same great taste but take a fraction of the time to make.

With brands you've come to know and love, like Nathan's Famous, T.G.I. Friday's, Checkers, and others, it's easy to trust these products and give them a try at your game watch.

Our list of must-tries didn't appear from thin air; it's the result of scouring reader reviews on product sites and blogs as well as cornering the best-sellers. These party foods have been tested on a hungry crowd over a series of game day Sundays, so if they can stand out among cases of beer and a way-too-loud television broadcasting the games, you know they're winners.

Nathan’s Beef Franks in a Blanket

We wouldn't get these from anywhere else but Nathan’s. There’s no comparison — maybe it’s the Coney Island in us, but no one does hot dogs like Nathan’s.

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Amy's Macaroni and Cheese

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Amy’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese

This was a cult college favorite among my roommates but when it's made in a big batch and served for a big crowd it definitely fits the comfort food criteria and hit the mark on cheesy, creamy goodness.

(See more great frozen foods to serve at your Super Bowl party on The Daily Meal!)

Tyson’s Fully Cooked Hot Buffalo Wings

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Tyson Hot Wings

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Sure, there were reputable contenders, but let’s just say they weren't worth mentioning. Tyson, one of the country’s largest processors of chicken, knows what they’re doing and we’ll leave it at that. Super spicy — just the way we like them! Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Gardein’s Classic Buffalo Wings

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Gardein’s Classic Buffalo Wings

If we’re going to talk about your vegan and vegetarian guests not missing out, we have to talk about the number one game day snack — wings. These meatless Buffalo wings from Gardein have the same consistency as chicken wings and have a serious kick that gives the real deal a run for its money.

Golden Krust Beef Empanadas

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Golden Krust Beef Empanadas

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The Jamaican delicacy is ideal for game day because they’re a perfect finger food, owing to their size and the fact that they’re not greasy or soggy. Also, the spiciness of the beef is authentic in flavor.

(See also: Cheddar cheese taste test)

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Nathan’s Famous Thick Sliced Battered Onion Rings

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Nathan’s Famous Thick Sliced Battered Onion Rings

Nothing’s crispier or crunchier than these famous rings. There wasn't even a question among the crowd; they beat out Ore-Ida and Alexia easily. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Checkers & Rally’s Seasoned French Fried Potatoes

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Checkers & Rally’s Seasoned French Fried Potatoes

The ever-famous double drive-thru burger spot is just as popular for its crispy fries as it is for its burgers. When fried, these were as crisp and seasoned as they are straight from the source. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Hot Pockets Snackers: Honey BBQ Recipe Chicken Bites

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Hot Pockets Snackers: Honey BBQ Recipe Chicken Bites

We were definitely skeptical of these in the beginning. When it comes to Hot Pockets, it’s usually best to stay simple like Ham and Cheese. But surprisingly, these were authentic in BBQ flavor and loaded with chicken. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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SuperPretzel SoftStix: Cheddar Cheese Filled Soft Pretzel Sticks

For the real stadium food aficionado, you’ll know that soft pretzels are ideal to a true game day experience. Nix the side dipping sauce of queso; its right inside these and oozes out once you take a bite. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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Trader Joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

Whether fried or microwaved, these potstickers are perfect for those guests looking to mix things up. My guests preferred them fried. They're great for crowds and the flavor is on point. Serve with soy sauce. Sold exclusively at Trader Joe's nationwide.

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