Kick Off Your Super Bowl Party With Snacks No One Can Pass On

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No Matter Who Wins The Game These Dips Will Make You A Hero

(January 2, 2007) Every year the Super Bowl captivates audiences in living rooms across the country, but equally anticipated is the game-within-the-game, the one that plays out in America's kitchens. For those who prefer grills to gridirons, it's the cook-off -not the kick-off - that matters. Fortunately, foodies and football fanatics alike can agree on Quick and Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip and Creamy California Guacamole, a pair of teammates sure to score points with both the diehard snacker and the casual fan.

In the battle of the palate, cheesy goodness gives these snacks a leg up on their rivals. These tasty combinations developed by the California Milk Advisory Board are more satisfying than a clock-killing drive and can be prepared in half the time. Quick And Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip blitzes the tastebuds with a spicy mix of garlic, cayenne pepper, Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese blended with savory spinach and canned artichokes.

Creamy California Guacamole presents another inspired take on an old throwback, updating the traditional guacamole recipe with the rich quality of California cream cheese and yogurt and the zest of green chile salsa. Whatever your flavor, these cheesy delights ensure that even if the game isn't competitive, the line for the hors d'oeuvres will be.

California is the nation's leading milk producer and also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and is home to more than 50 cheesemakers who produce 250 varieties and styles. For more information on California cheese, visit