Ranch Dressing Is Ruining America’s Endangered Chicken-Wing Supply

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Your halftime snacks are in the danger zone: Thanks to last summer’s drought, chicken-wing prices are up to an average of $2.11 per pound in the Northeast. The USDA says that’s the highest recorded price ever, and we believe them. (As a comparison, three years ago the all-time high was $1.47 per pound.) This means a mere 1.23 billion chicken-wing segments will be consumed during the Super Bowl, LiveScience reports, down 12.3 million from last year.

Who eats chicken wings with ranch dressing? Photo: iStockphoto

Wait — who eats ranch dressing with chicken wings? No one we know. Isn’t ranch dressing for people who wear oversize cable-knit sweaters and bicycle skirts?

Anyhow, now there’s something else at stake here. The chicken-wing-crisis article also includes a shocking nugget of information:

More and more, wing devotees’ have abandoned the piquancy of blue cheese dip in favor of the anodyne neutrality of ranch dressing now favored by almost six in 10 U.S. adults. Only a third of the purist faithful remain.

Wait — who eats ranch dressing with chicken wings? No one we know. Isn’t ranch dressing for people who wear oversize cable-knit sweaters and bicycle skirts?

Anyhow, now there’s something else at stake here. The chicken-wing-crisis article also includes a shocking nugget of information:

Super Bowl Fans Cry ‘Fowl’ Over Chicken Wing Shortage [LiveScience]
Earlier: Chicken Wings Rise