Super Bowl Snacks – Oreo Truffle Footballs

Super Bowl Snacks – Oreo Truffle Footballs

The Super Bowl is almost here! I’m in it for the snacks and commercials, but I hear there will be a football game, too. Thankfully, we have Sarah W. back this week — she actually loves football AND knows how to make great snacks! Let’s keep her around. Last year we had Chef J share some awesome savory appetizers, so this year we’re having Sarah treat us to the ultimate sweet indulgence: Oreo Truffle Footballs! Take us to the end zone, Sarah!

In many ways, I’m a really lucky lady. I’m a total foodie, and live in Cleveland, a city where food and drink is a huge, fun deal. Just named to a bunch of travel sites’ top places to visit, it’s really exciting to be living in a city on the rise. A lot of that excitement tends to drain away when the Super Bowl rolls around, however. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a Super Bowl since before it was even called the Super Bowl. I’m a season ticket holder with a close group of friends, so tailgating is part of my almost-weekly routine September – December (and it gets COLD here!). We fry turkeys every Thanksgiving, make chili in the snow, and practice a firm “beat what you eat” mentality (pierogies when we play Pittsburgh, fish tacos when we play Miami, chicken wings when we play Philadelphia) during the season. It’s one of my dreams to travel to playoff games and maybe, in my lifetime if I’m lucky, to the SUPER BOWL someday!

Football games are a great combination of friends, food, and drink. It’s no wonder the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched televised broadcasts each year.

The energy of cheering for your team brings a natural closeness with the people around you, and a pride in the place you come from. Seattle and New England fans have that to look forward to this year. And I’ve got the perfect, decadent snack to go along with your celebration — Oreo Truffle Footballs. With just a few ingredients, and some fiddly steps, you can serve up a themed treat for your own Super Bowl party. I got this recipe from one of my family’s closest and dearest friends — they’re a staple at any football-related party we have!

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Equipment:

  • food processor
  • wax paper
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • toothpicks
  • baking sheet/tray

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Oreos (go nuts! Make peanut butter or mint-flavored truffles with flavored Oreos! I’ve used the original ones here)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 1 tube white frosting (or red, blue, and green for colored laces)

In your food processor, pulse the Oreos until they are a fine dust. My food processor is a little small, so I did this half a package at a time.

Cut your cream cheese into smallish chunks and add to food processor. Blend until you have a thick, smooth mixture. Make sure the cream cheese is completely incorporated.

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If you have kids who want to help, this is the perfect time — this next step is messy! This is also the moment to remove any rings you may be wearing. Working with small amounts (bigger than your thumb), roll your dough into little balls, then pinch the ends to make them football-shaped. Place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet or tray. These don’t need to be perfect. The suggestion of a football shape is plenty. If you have an army of kids working for you, have them roll the dough into little oblong shapes and plop them down, then pinch the ends yourself.

Stick your tray(s) in the freezer to let these harden. Once they’re firm, melt the chocolate and shortening in the microwave (about 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between — my chocolate took about a minute and a half all told).

Grab a toothpick, spear a football, and dip them in the chocolate one by one. I used a second toothpick to scrape the bottoms, both to save chocolate (it goes fast!) and to neaten the appearance. If your chocolate starts to get stiff, microwave an additional 10 seconds or so. If your footballs start to get soft and hard to dip, put them back in the freezer to harden up.

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Let the chocolate set a bit, then grab your frosting! You can do plain white laces, or have a little fun and do red and blue or blue and green laces to show some team spirit. Keep these chilled until just before you’re ready to serve them. A great addition to any party spread!

If you happen to have a little extraSuper Bowl melted chocolate when you’re done dipping footballs, I highly encourage grabbing a bag of potato chips, and dipping them. You can snack on these as you get everything ready (which I heartily endorse), or put them on a wax paper-lined tray to save for another party treat.

 

Happy Super Bowl party hosting and attending!

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