12 fantastic Final Four snacks for hungry basketball fans

It's college basketball's biggest night so if you're throwing a game night party make all fans have something to cheer about.

Whether you bleed Duke Blue Devil blue or root only for the Wisconsin Badgers, watching a game on an empty stomach is no fun. From spicy wings to three-point-dips, get creative with variations on tried-and-true party foods.

Win or lose, fans will flock to these special snacks designed for a hungry crowd.

1. Individual 7-layer dips

Make a batch of your famous 7 layer dip in these individualized cups, or make a different dip for each guest.

(The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Recipe: Individual 7-Layer Dip

2. Mushroom Flatbread

This is a fresh take on the classic pizza. Instead of pizza dough, you will be using the delicious Lavash bread and many fresh ingredients as toppings.

(Chef Danny Elamleh)

Recipe: Mushroom Flatbread

3. Poblano Pepper Chicken Wings

The Poblano Pepper wing recipe is the latest creation from the chicken wing aficionado at Buffalo Cafe. It has a slight spice with the tang and texture of fire roasted poblano peppers. It makes for a great flavor on wings, but also works on grilled chicken and sandwiches as well.

(Buffalo's Cafe)

Recipe: Poblano Pepper Chicken Wings

4. Baked cocktail meatballs

Just because it's a tailgate, that doesn't mean you have to deep-fry everything. Bake these savory meatballs for all of the flavor without any added guilt.


Recipe: Baked Cocktail Meatballs

5. Easy Corn Fritters

Corn fritters make for a sweet and savory snack, perfect for any occasion.


Recipe: Corn Fritters

6. Deviled Egg with Sea Salt Popchips

Definitely not your grandma's deviled egg recipe. Give those eggs a little crunch is tiny pieces of super light popchips.


RECIPE: Deviled Egg with Sea Salt Popchips

7. Mini pizza pockets

Use your favorite pizza toppings to create these simple pizza pockets that everyone will love.

(Kris Schoels)

Recipe: Mini Pizza Pockets

8. Vita Coco Coconut Oil Spiced Popcorn

Spice up boring old buttered popcorn with nutmeg, pepper and cayenne. Replace butter with coconut oil and make a few batches at once-- the crowd will be coming back for more.

(Vita Coco)

Recipe: Vita Coco Coconut Oil Spiced Popcorn

9. Mini mushroom burgers

Just because it's a tailgate, that doesn't mean you have to stick to the standard hamburgers and hot dogs. The mushrooms in these burgers have a rich meatiness that makes them just as hearty as your standard beef patty.

(The Mushroom Council)

Recipe: Mini Mushroom Burgers

10. Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip

We’ve put a twist on the classic spinach dip. Also try substituting half a package of fresh spinach to give it a fresh flavor.

(Cheryl Brenner)

Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip

11. Hummus with Tahini

This Levantine dip is going to please the senses and satisfy your craving for something salty. This dip can be eaten plain or with fresh vegetables or chips.

(Chef Danny Elamleh)

Recipe: Hummus with Tahini

12. Kung Pao Chicken Wings

If you like sweet and sour, you'll love this wing recipe. Deep fried and tossed with a sweet and spicy kung pao- inspired sauce, then topped with chopped peanuts, cilantro and scallions. Yum.

(Bernard McWilliams)

Recipe: Kung Pao Chicken Wings