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02 July 2018

16 Facts from the Wonderful World of Chicken Wings

It's hard to believe there was actually a time and place where wings were not on the menu; not synonymous with friends, bars, and tailgates; and not served by the millions to hungry hot sauce lovers everywhere, every day. However, that was, sadly, the case before 1964. We're not sure how bar goers and sports lovers ever got along before their revolutionary invention in Buffalo, New York, but somehow they managed to muddle through.

Buffalo Wings & Rings has been serving wings since 1984. If 34 years and 59 locations aren't enough reason to celebrate the advent of the chicken wing, allow us to offer you 16 more mouth-watering wing facts that will leave you wanting to order a big bowl of wings for yourself, pronto.

  1. Variety is the spice of life, but it doesn’t always have to be spicy. You could go to Buffalo Wings & Rings more than 150 days in a row before you had to repeat a sauce combo.
  2. Even though they are often called hot wings, most people aren’t going for the heat. The most popular wing sauce at Buffalo Wings & Rings is the Buffalo Medium Sauce, clocking in with nearly 2,300,000 orders to date.
  3. People like the sweet over the heat. Buffalo Hot falls all the way back to third place—several hundred thousand behind Buffalo Barbecue Mild Sauce.
  4. During every Labor Day weekend since 2002, wing lovers from all 50 states have congregated in downtown Buffalo to pay homage to and eat lots of their favorite food at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. The weekend's festivities include the crowning of Miss Buffalo Wing, a 5K run, live music, awards, and contests like bobbing for wings and wing eating.
  5. For the 2018 Super Bowl, the National Chicken Council estimated that Americans consumed 1.35 billion wings—the most ever in Super Bowl history.
  6. Before they became a saucy snack, chicken wings were originally thrown out or used to make stock. That makes eating them kind of like delicious recycling then, right?
  7. The meat of the chicken wings is actually white, not dark like most people expect.
  8. You might think you only get two wing pieces per chicken, when in fact there are four: two drumettes and two "flats." It's as though the chicken invented its own four-for-one wing special.
  9. The chicken wings we eat do not come from baby chickens—they come from adult chickens who cannot fly.
  10. There is a National Chicken Wing Day, and it's on July 29th.
  11. Professional eater Molly Schuyler holds the record for eating the most wings ever—she was able to consume 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the national Wing Bowl held in early 2018. Rumor has it she will not need to eat again until next year's Wing Bowl.
  12. There are more than 25 billion chickens in the world—more than any other species of bird. Kind of makes you grateful that most chickens can't fly, doesn't it?
  13. Studies have shown that the average American will consume nearly 18,000 wings in his or her lifetime. So that means if the average American lives 79 years, and you have 20 teeth by the time you're three, and you carry the seven and divide that by...yep, that's a whole lot of wings.
  14. Whether to cool your mouth, provide hydration, look pretty, or act as a palate cleanser, all we know is celery has accompanied wings since the beginning of time, though no one seems to have a clearer answer than "that's just how it is." The same can be said for the side of blue cheese.
  15. Americans actually prefer to dip their wings into ranch dressing, rather than the traditional blue cheese.
  16. Buffalo Wings & Rings makes their own blue cheese dressing from scratch, every single day, using the same exact recipe since 1984.

Now that you know more about your favorite game-day food, go get a big bowl of the fan-favorite Buffalo Wings & Rings chicken wings yourself by ordering some today!