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5 Things Not to Bring to a Tailgate Party


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Ice Cream Sundaes
Don't fuss with bringing ice cream and all those toppings. It probably won't last long enough to eat.
Don't fuss with bringing ice cream and all those toppings. It probably won't last long enough to eat.
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Unless you're tailgating at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, frozen desserts are a nuisance to keep frozen. And if you are at the University of Alaska, do you really want to eat ice cream?

Again, practicality is the rule. Crunchy cookies and bars -- chocolate chip or oatmeal, for instance -- are a pretty safe bet. So are fruit and nut breads and muffins. Avoid frostings, buttery crusts and fruit fillings. For example, go with plain pound cake instead of carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

But when cold treat would really hit the spot -- maybe an early September game at the University of Texas-El Paso -- think along the lines of strawberry shortcake. Buy packaged individual sponge cakes, then top them with bagged fruit from the supermarket freezer case and whipped cream from a can.

If you don't mind the goo factor, there's always s'mores. Or you can even roast a banana split. Slice a banana lengthwise in its skin, and stuff it with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped nuts. Then wrap it in foil, warm it on the grill, and eat with a spoon right out of the skin.

Grilling bananas directly isn't such a wild idea, though, as our final page explains.


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