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Football Fans Get Worst Possible News Ahead Of Season

A potential disaster is heading to the U.S., just in time for football season this fall. Well, maybe it's not a total disaster - not like, say, a hurricane. However, it is a problem for fans of a popular snack food and it has some people winging out. According to The Wall Street Journal, the price for chicken wings is about to take a massive leap due to increasing demand, and decreasing supply. If you're planning on throwing a Super Bowl Party this year, you might want to pick them up and store them in the freezer right now.

Due to America's growing love of chicken wings, the country is facing a shortage, especially for the upcoming football season. After all, what's a day of watching the game without a pile of hot and spicy wings to snack on?

There was a time when chicken wings were considered 'throw away' food. They were a favorite among many people struggling with poverty, as you could pick up an entire 10-pound bag for about a buck at the local grocery store. Butchers were just glad to be able to get rid of them.

People who couldn't afford better cuts of meat would throw them in the pot to make a broth, or season them up, roast them and serve them along with rice and beans to stretch out a meal.

Then, Teressa Bellissimo ruined it for budget shoppers everywhere who already knew wings were awesome. In 1964, Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York whipped up a batch of fried wings bathed in hot sauce for her son and his friends one night, and it was a huge hit. She put it on her menu the next day, and served them with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. Dubbed 'Buffalo Wings', they became a quick local favorite.

Dick Winter, a hot sauce salesman, went on the road with Bellissimo's son, and they promoted the dish together to sell hot sauce to more restaurants. The love of wings was starting to grow.

The final blow came with McDonald's in the 1990s. They began selling Mighty Wings in some states. KFC quickly jumped in with Hot Wings, then Domino's Pizza introduced its own version of wings. America's love affair with the chicken wing took flight, and has not come down since.

Wings, which cost pennies per pound before the 1990s, soared to more than a dollar per pound. Even at that, they flew off the shelves. The current average price is around $2.09 per pound, and according to the Journal, a jump from $1.50 last year. The price is expected to jump again in the fall. This means that the cost of wings is expected to rise in restaurants as well, especially as people start ordering them up for the games.

In chicken farms across the nation, hatch rates and capacity have been reduced. Farmers are still producing chickens, but they're producing smaller birds on average, meaning there are fewer meaty wings to go around. This just won't do. Americans are expected to consume approximately 1.25 billion wings just on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the National Chicken Council.

To combat the problem, some restaurants are doing away with real wings, and replacing them with 'boneless wing' dishes. The problem is that 'boneless wings' aren't wings at all; they're just chicken meat made in wing-shaped molds, much like chicken nuggets.

"That's natural in the restaurant business to raise prices as commodity costs increase," said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Wingstop, to CBS News. "We don't want to raise them too much because we want to keep a great value for our consumers."

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