50 Super Bowl Food Ideas That Are Perfect for the Big Game (2024)

Whether you’re genuinely interested in the game or are just there for the commercials and the halftime show, you still need to eat on Super Bowl Sunday. With that in mind, we compiled a list of Super Bowl food ideas that includes plenty of classic game day recipes, several crowd-pleasers that are anything but ordinary, and even a few sweet treats to enjoy at the end of the night.

More specifically, you’ll find plenty of chicken wings, multiple cheese-focused dishes, and some surprises, like a spaghetti pie. Start scrolling through so you can plan the ultimate Super Bowl party menu!

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Mini Goat Cheese Balls

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This no-cook appetizer, which is a fun take on cheese balls, is the perfect game-day treat that’s a tad more elevated than your average Sunday fare. Here, softened goat cheese is seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt before being rolled into bite-size nibbles that are coated in fresh parsley, sesame seeds, and dried cherries that pack a tart punch.

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Skillet Chipotle-Pork Enchiladas

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This comforting Mexican dish serves four, making it an ideal option for a small Super Bowl gathering or one dish that’s part of a larger spread. The time-saving trick here is to slice the corn tortillas into wedges and mix them into the sauce and filling in one dish. It cuts time both in the kitchen and during cleanup.

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Ham and Potato Pizza

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This Super Bowl recipe from Molly Yeh is an ode to Midwestern meat and potatoes in pizza form. The inclusion of ranch dressing means it’s automatically game-day-approved. Cut the pie up into smaller pieces to feed a crowd.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

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Is it really Super Bowl Sunday without chicken wings? These wings are grilled, tossed in a bunch of Parmesan cheese, and topped with a garlicky parsley-lemon sauce. If you don’t have a grill, this recipe works with a broiler, too.

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Green Chile Meatballs

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This crave-worthy appetizer might just become your new go-to for all future parties. If you love tacos, you'll love this meatball recipe filled with all your favorite Mexican ingredients: Cojita cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, green chiles, sour cream, and tortilla chips that act as a binder. Serve straight off the pan.

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Apple Cheddar Quesadillas

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The apple-cheddar combo here is what sweet and savory dreams are made of, and a dollop of tangy honey mustard spread on the flour tortilla ties the whole thing together. Slice the quesadilla in several pieces for a big group, or make more than one if you’re feeding a crowd. Each one only takes 25 minutes to make.

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Hot Honey Lamb Meatballs

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Juicy meatballs take a dip in a sweet and spicy glaze made with sriracha, honey, and ground coriander. Since this recipe makes 50 meatballs, it’s a great option for game day. Keep warm in the slow cooker all night.

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Cornmeal Crusted Mozzarella Sticks

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Your average mozzarella sticks get an upgrade in this gluten-free recipe. The mozzarella gets coated in a blend of cornmeal, grated Parmesan, black pepper, and dried oregano. When served with a bowl of marinara sauce, these delicious deep-fried sticks will surely be a crowd favorite.

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Cuban Pork Tacos With Orange Slaw

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For a Super Bowl dish you can prepare in advance, give these flavorful tacos a try. Simply slow-cook the pork the day before you plan to eat it, and broil it just before serving. The meat is paired with shredded cabbage, black beans, and fresh cilantro for a pop of freshness.

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Deeply Caramelized Onion Dip

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Onions become irresistibly sweet and tender after being caramelized. When mixed with sour cream and steak sauce, the veggie becomes a creamy, savory, and sweet dip (that you won't be able to stop indulging in during the big game.) Top it off with chives and offer a variety of crudites for dipping.

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Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

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A chicken tender recipe made to serve at a party, this recipe makes 36 tenders! Instead of deep-fried, these tenders are baked in the oven, which helps make them a little healthier. Pair these juicy chicken strips with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or a tangy honey mustard sauce.

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Sheet Pan Pretzel Focaccia with Cheese Sauce

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Bread and cheese might just be the best duo known to humankind. In this Super Bowl snack, foccacia bread gets a pretzel makeover with a brushing of a baking soda mix before baking. Served with a cheese sauce, this delicious Super Bowl appetizer will feed and satisfy a crowd.

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Grandma Pie with Pepperoni and Pink Sauce

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This Super Bowl favorite is thick and creamy, thanks to the added tablespoons of heavy cream. While we prefer a homemade dough recipe, you can always opt for a store-bought version to save you time. The rich pizza is topped with lots of decadent mozzarella, savory pepperoni, and onions that become soft upon baking.

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Artichoke Dip

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Chips and dip are a Super Bowl staple, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Here, marinated artichoke hearts are the star, and Greek yogurt takes the place of the standard mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream trio. Serve with your favorite vegetables, crackers, and pita bread.

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Everything Dinner Rolls

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Everyone loves a roll, and these everything dinner rolls have, well, everything. Each roll (which you can buy frozen) is topped with homemade honey butter and everything bagel seasoning for a sweet and savory punch. In 20 minutes, you'll have a Super Bowl appetizer your crew will devour in no time.

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Smoked Gouda and Pepper Cheese Puffs

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A subtle smokiness and just the right amount of pepper make this tender-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside bites utterly irresistible. This snack recipe yields 48 cheese puffs, which means everyone can come back for seconds—or maybe even thirds.

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Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde

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Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party or just taking it easy with your family, enchiladas surely know how to please just about anyone. These chicken enchiladas are doused in mildly spicy, flavor-packed salsa verde sauce. In just under an hour, this cheesy and savory classic Mexican dish is ready to enjoy.

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Fancy Pigs in a Blanket

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Everybody loves pigs in a blanket. We take this classic recipe and make it just a bit more classy by incorporating frozen puff pastry and sausage links. Just because it's "fancier" doesn't mean it takes any more time. Expect them to be hot and ready in just 30 minutes.

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Cheesy Chile Pull-Apart Bread

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The secret to stellar pull-apart bread is in the cross-hatch slicing method, which allows you to tuck cheese and other fillings into every bite. Here, the filling includes spicy pepper Jack cheese, green chile, and garlic butter. We recommend avoiding using a sourdough loaf for this recipe, as it overly intensifies the chilies' flavor.

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Spinach Alfredo French Bread Pizza

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Crunchy and cheesy, every bite of this spinach Alfredo French bread is heavenly. The Alfredo is store-bought, which helps get this Super Bowl appetizer on the table in no time. After sprinkling on spinach, red onions, and garlic, freshly grated fontina cheese is added to melt in the oven.

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Garlic and Parsley Shoestring Fries

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For a Super Bowl party app or side that requires almost no effort, give these fries a go. While you can make French fries from scratch, this recipe calls for a package of frozen shoestring fries instead. The “work” is in creating an easy yet delicious parsley and garlic mixture to toss the fries in, giving them that restaurant-quality taste. Serve ‘em with sliders or chicken wings, and you’re all set!

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Refried Bean and Cheese Melts (Molletes)

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If you've never tried comforting Mexican molletes, you're missing out. Thankfully, Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect excuse to make this flavorful snack. A mollete is an open-faced sandwich with refried beans and cheese. They are ready in just 15 minutes—and probably gone in less time than that.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Sliders

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Dust off your slow cooker for this recipe, so that it can cook the beef just right. Once the meat is moist and tender, you’ll shred it and pile it onto slider buns with a quick slaw and pickled jalapeños for a kick of heat and acid. Easy enough, right?

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Crab Cake Sliders With Capers

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While sliders are typically made with beef, this recipe proves that those made with different types of protein are just as delicious. Here, lump crabmeat is made into a patty that’s held together with crushed saltines, while a topping of briny capers adds an acidic punch.

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Pollo Guisado Chicken Wings

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These flavorful chicken wings are a childhood favorite of Dominican-American chef Nelson German. Instead of the typical barbecue or Buffalo sauce, these wings are infused with Latin American flavors such as smoked paprika, ground cumin, and fresh cilantro leaves.

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Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza With Smoked Mozzarella

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For a rich Super Bowl option that will keep your guests satiated, we recommend this deep dish pizza. The key to making this beloved dish at home is using a butter-coated cast iron skillet and then dusting it with cornmeal. This makes for a crisp pizza crust with rich flavor.

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Cheesy Chile Dip

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This dip is a cheesy mixture of five different peppers—perfect for a party, game day, or a comfort food weekend treat. And though it might not seem like it, this dish is also surprisingly versatile. If you want to ramp up the heat, swap in pepper Jack for the Monterey, or toss in a serrano pepper. To make a milder version, go with sweet peppers instead of spicy ones.

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Sausage and Fontina Spaghetti Pie

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Yes, this spaghetti pie is as decadent as it looks. Creamy vodka sauce joins flavorful Italian sausage, kale, and fragrant sage, while eggs and rich fontina cheese bind everything together. If you whip up this savory pie, your guests certainly won’t leave hungry.

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French Onion Soup Bites

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Who says your Super Bowl spread can’t have a touch of elegance? These jammy, crispy, cheesy bites taste just like the soup they are named after and come together in about an hour. Plus, each recipe yields 30 bites, which is perfect for a big group.

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Elote Jalapeño Poppers

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In these baked jalapeño poppers, corn is mixed with cream cheese, Cotija, mayonnaise, and gut-friendly Greek yogurt for a delicious, creamy filling. Lime zest, garlic, and scallions add a touch of brightness and upgrade this popular Super Bowl party snack.

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Stovetop Bacon Lasagna

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This skillet lasagna is the kind of dish that looks like it took hours to prepare but comes together in a matter of minutes. Rather than meticulously layer lasagna noodles with cheese and sauce, you'll create a layered version with all the classic ingredients of a standard lasagna. Bacon bits add a smokiness you likely didn’t know you were missing.

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Crockpot Pulled Pork Tacos

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Put your Crockpot to work and whip up these pulled-pork tacos. The pork cooks for hours with a combination of salsa, chili powder, oregano, and cocoa, yielding tender meat that's destined to be tucked into a warm tortilla. Top each one with cilantro, sour cream, and extra salsa, and you’re good to go.

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Single Serve Nacho Cups

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These individually portioned nacho cups ensure nobody hogs the nacho platter this game day. While you can top each cup before serving, you can also put toppings in bowls beside the tray so everyone can choose their favorites.

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Pimento Mac and Cheese Bites

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Only 45 minutes is needed to make 36 of these little pimento mac and cheese balls. After making the cheesy mixture, you'll scoop out dollops and place them into the cavities of a mini muffin pan. Let cool, then serve warm.

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Many-Cheese Cheese Ball

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Cheese lovers will thank you for this Super Bowl appetizer, which is basically a variety of cheeses ranging from soft to firm in texture that has been processed with cream cheese, wine, and pepper. The mixture is then shaped into a ball and coated with herbs to create an eye-catching starter.

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Cherry Bourbon Chicken Wings

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If you prefer your chicken wings saucy, sweet, and sour, bookmark this wing recipe ASAP. These wings are bathed in a Bourbon sauce that includes tart cherries and then grilled to perfection for the ultimate game day offering. Serve ‘em with coleslaw and potato salad to complete the spread.

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Lemonade Fried Chicken

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For a crispier take on chicken, fried chicken is the way to go. Here, the drumsticks and thighs are brined in a mixture that includes lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, and sugar, and the result is savory, tender meat.

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Mini Twice-Baked Loaded Potatoes

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Twice-baked potatoes are an underrated dinner: They're creamy, cheesy, and seriously comforting. To transform them into a party-ready snack, we piled the filling into tiny new potatoes (instead of the traditional Idaho or russet). We added sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped chives, and a sprinkling of bacon to give them the flavor of loaded potato skins. Your guests won’t be disappointed.

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean and Zucchini Chili

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Chili is a game-day classic for a reason. This version is made in a slow cooker and calls for canned fire-roasted tomatoes, ground beef, black beans, zucchini, and a handful of other ingredients. Top every bowl with sour cream, cut-up avocado, and chopped fresh cilantro, and settle in to watch the game.

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Buffalo Cauliflower With Yogurt Ranch

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This vegetarian dish has all the flavor of Buffalo chicken wings but without the meat. Cauliflower stands in for chicken here and manages to soak up all of the saucy goodness. What brings this recipe home is the yogurt ranch that gets drizzled on top. For a vegan version, nix the butter and use this plant-based ranch recipe instead.

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Vegan Queso

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Your plant-based pals will thank you for this dip, which gets its velvety smooth, creamy texture from cashew cream. Green chiles, chipotle pepper, and cumin seeds layer in warming, crave-worthy complexity. To truly get that flavor, add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to the mix.

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Summer Nachos

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These vegetarian nachos are loaded with juicy corn, melted cheese, and a tangy avocado cream. If you can’t find fresh corn, feel free to use frozen corn instead. You can also add other toppings, such as chopped bell peppers, beans, and more.

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Mushroom and Corn Tacos

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Meaty mushrooms are paired with sweet, lightly charred corn to create a meat-free taco filling that doesn’t disappoint. Just add salsa, hot sauce, or pico de gallo to top them off. These tasty tacos are ready in under 30 minutes.

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Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is a game day favorite, and this one comes together on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes. With a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan and plenty of Swiss chard, nothing is boring about this dish. Keep things easy by letting your guests help themselves to a serving straight from the skillet.

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Apple Pie Skillet Cake

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If you need a dessert that can easily serve a hungry Super Bowl crowd, consider this skillet cake. Made with mostly pantry staples and a handful of apples, this sweet treat is easier to make than apple pie and just as (if not more so) delicious. Take a pint of vanilla ice cream out of the freezer in the third quarter, and let guests top their own slice.

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Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies

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Not for the faint of heart, this rich brownie batter has a layer of creamy cheesecake mixture, which is then topped with whole Oreos. It’s a great way to end the night and is bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

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Brigadeiros

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These Brazilian bites make for an easy dessert for a crowd. To get them Super Bowl-ready, roll them in sprinkles that coordinate with the colors of each team. If you prefer a topping that’s a bit more flavorful, shredded coconut, or very finely crushed nuts, like pistachios, pecans, or walnuts, work as well.

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Salted Caramel Brownie Bites

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You'll want more than two of these two-bite caramel brownies. Each one of these brownies is stuffed with caramel chocolate that will melt in your mouth. Decorate the frosted brownie bites with sprinkles in the team's colors you're rooting for to go along with the Super Bowl theme.

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Gingerbread Pretzel Popcorn

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Store-bought ingredients make this crunchy mix as easy to make as it is addictive. With a sauce made from nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, this mix is highly reminiscent of gingerbread cookies. It's a warm and pleasing snack that your Super Bowl party crew will munch on all night.

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Potato Chip Crispy Treats

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Save some of the potato chips you plan on serving on game day and create this indulgent twist on rice crispy treats. Sweet buttery marshmallows, white chocolate, crunchy rice cereal, and salty potato chips come together to create the perfect balance between salty and sweet.

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