Disclaimer: I’m not a football fan.
What I do know is that football season means that my friends will be getting together to watch the Broncos play, and I’ll have an opportunity to bring a fun appetizer, I’ll challenge myself to make it healthy, and I’ll throw out random football knowledge during the game (you know, to participate).
I grew up with two brothers and a dad that was a sports writer for our local paper. I can hang at a football game… it’s just not my preference.
What is my preference is coming up with awesome snacks like this one to share with the fans. Considering that it’s the first week of regular season, I thought it was the perfect time to share.
I made this cheese ball for the Super Bowl in January. And, while there is NOTHING healthy about it, it’s really, really fun and festive. Now, this cheese ball was obviously dressed up for the Broncos… but you can totally pick different M&Ms to match your team or use a different cake mix to match your team colors.
And… for what it’s worth, the Broncos totally won the Super Bowl. So, maybe there’s some luck inside this cheese ball too!
Game Day Sweet Cheese Ball
Adapted from the Taste and Tell Blog
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup butter, at room temperature
1½ cups Duncan Hines Blue Velvet cake mix, dry
½ cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ chopped M&M candies, orange and blue only
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
2. Add in the blue velvet cake mix, the powdered sugar and the brown sugar. Beat until smooth and combined. Note: If you can’t find the Duncan Hines cake mix, Duff Goldman makes a Blue Suede Cake Mix you can use as well.
3. Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap up into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3. Chop your M&M’s and place them on a plate or in a shallow dish. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and unwrap. Roll in the M&Ms.
4. Place on a serving plate and serve with vanilla wafers and pretzel chips!
If you’re looking for other festive snacks to bring to the big game, how about this guacamole field?
Click here for the recipe.