Heeeeey, basketball loving mamas! It’s that time of year again…a time of year when the games are always on and the snacks are always ready. In my home, basketball tournament time is a big deal. With a teenager who plays the sport year round, a hubby who never misses a minute of the action and an endless stream of basketball loving friends coming in and our of the door, the only thing more exciting than who will advance is what snacks will be the favorite of the day to keep all the game time action going. I’ve always considered myself the creative snack queen when it comes to providing a tournament time spread that everybody adores but this year, I decided to take things farther with a new deliciously healthy snack paired with a tournament time dipping bracket tablecloth and printable to help not only my family but yours as well determine what pairings are the king of this year’s basketball tournament fun!
Much like our favorite college players, during tournament time we’re all about dipping and dunking and coming up with some smooth new snacking moves. This year, inspired by the college tournament brackets that are literally everywhere, I decided to whip up some game time fun and see which delectable chip and dip combo was the true winner of game day. However, I didn’t want to use the same old chips and instead wanted something new, fun and with a healthier twist. After discovering that I could add crunch to our tournament time celebrations with NEW RITZ Crisp & Thins from Walmart, I was super excited. And once I found out we could snack for less because of the ability to earn $.50 cash back on these healthy and deliciously crisp snacks when shopping with the Ibotta app, I was sold!
I quickly grabbed my car keys, headed to Walmart and stocked up on the four game winning flavors of RITZ Crisp & Thins; Bacon, Sea Salt, Cream Cheese and Salt & Vinegar.
Available in the cracker aisle, this new snack with tons of delicious crunch was the perfect starting point for my college tournament snack bracket! At first, my idea was just to purchase one flavor and see which game time dips it paired perfectly with. But inspired by the amazing variety and the wonderful Ibotta deal, I decided to take things a step further and really up the game day fun! After loading my cart up with RITZ Crisp & Thins, I grabbed a variety of pre-made dips and a disposable orange tablecloth and headed home to transform my find into basketball tournament snacking success!
Once I arrived home, it was time to get crafty and come up with the perfect basketball tournament inspired way to discover which RITZ Crisp & Thins and dip combo was the true game day favorite. Now, I know I could have just laid out all the options and seen what disappeared first but really, what fun is that? Instead I wanted to have a little basketball bracket inspired competition! To start, I quickly make some printable Basketball Tournament Snack Bracket cards.
By offering up four dip options paired with each of the four flavors of RITZ Crisp & Thins, I knew it would be a real battle to determine a favorite. But I also knew it would be tons of snacking fun in the process. Inspired by the fun basketball tournament themed bracket printable I had created, I decided to take things one step further and set up a real snack bracket for my game day gathering. To start, I pulled out the orange plastic tablecloth I had purchased along with my RITZ Crisp & Thins and some black electric tape. After figure out the measurements to re-produce my bracket on the tablecloth, I began adding pieces of black tape in the shape of the basketball tournament bracket.
It was as simple as adding eight pieces of tape measuring five inches each along each side of my tablecloth. Then I used additional pieces of the tape to connect the brackets, leading all the way to a champion slot in the center. The shape of a basketball tournament bracket quickly began to appear and I just continued adding pieces of the tape until my tablecloth matched the printable I had created.
Once my basketball tournament bracket tablecloth was complete (which honestly didn’t take that long once I got going), I added my RITZ Crisp & Thins to the table.
Then it was time to decide how to add my dip and make my snack bracket truly come to life. After thinking through my options, I pulled out some clear plastic cups and added labels to them to show what dip was inside each one. Then I set the cups along side the brackets.
After filling my cups with pre-made dips like salsa, bean dip and ranch dip, I opened my bags of RITZ Crisp & Thins and added a serving of each flavor to my clear cups. I was thrilled that one serving (about 21 crisps) filled the cup perfectly.
After setting out my smarter snacking option of RITZ Crisp & Thins in all four flavors and adding additional cups for serving to the table for any additional guests, all that was left to do was add my basketball tournament bracket printable to the table and my game day snacks were ready to go.
As my guests arrived, all I had to do was direct them to the table, encourage them to grab one of the printed brackets and a serving of RITZ Crisp & Thins and get to work tasting and determining which combination would be the winner.
While everyone dipped away and munched on these amazingly crisp and healthier snack options, I sat back and enjoyed watching everyone try new pairings and come up with new flavor combinations that they thought were winners.
Whether it was RITZ Crisp & Thins in Bacon flavor dipped in cheese dip or RITZ Crisp & Thins in Cream Cheese flavor dipped in bean dip, everyone felt like they had found the winning snack by the start of the game.
While we never did settle on a favorite and everyone had a different combinations written down in their champion spot, I discovered that this fun way to snack during the basketball tournament provides endless flavor options that you can’t go wrong with. In fact, whether dipped or enjoyed alone, the amazing flavors and light, crispy taste of the RITZ Crisp & Thins was a game changer for us all!
No matter who you’re cheering for in the coming days, I encourage you to find fun ways to make snacking the real star of your basketball gatherings. Start by picking up NEW RITZ Crisp & Thins in four amazing flavors at Walmart today. Available just in time to make healthy snacking delicious for the March basketball games, these crispy chips are a perfect addition to any basketball tournament celebration. Even better, don’t forget to earn $.50 cash back on your purchase when you shop with the Ibotta app! And above all, remember to make game time snacking fun in an unforgettable way by pairing RITZ Crisp & Thins with our easy basketball tournament snack bracket tablecloth and printable!
Now tell me, while flavor of RITZ Crisp & Thins would win your family’s basketball tournament snack bracket?