Celebrate the Game: A Ball-Shaped Snack for Every Sport

Get into the game with these edible balls (and pucks!) that symbolize your favorite sports.

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

A Snack for Every Sport

Pay edible tribute to the balls (and pucks!) that symbolize our favorite sports. Even armchair sports fans can be all-stars with these cute and easy-to-execute ideas. Don’t worry about making perfectly round balls with evenly spaced patterns. Just have fun, and play ball! 

Basketball: Smoky Grilled Pub Cheese Snackers with Tomato Soup Shots

Strategically placed strips of mozzarella string cheese mimic basketball ribs on these orange-tinted mini sandwiches that are ready to be dunked! 

To Assemble

Spread a generous portion of bright yellow pub cheese between two 1/2-inch-thick pretzel stick slices or baguette rounds. Brush the outside of the sandwiches with a ratio of 1 part smoked paprika to 3 parts melted butter before grilling. Decorate with strands of shredded mozzarella while the sandwiches are still hot, so the cheese will stick, and serve with tiny bowls of creamy tomato soup.

Baseball: Red Hot Coconut Cupcakes

Dip white frosted cupcakes into a bowl of shredded coconut while the frosting is still wet. Then gently press in Red Hots candies horizontally to form the stitches. 

Football: Chocolate-Dipped Potato Crisps

Microwave a bag of chocolate chips or melts in a deep bowl for 60 seconds at 50 percent power, stirring halfway through. Fold in a tablespoon of finely chopped hazelnuts (optional). Submerge potato crisps, such as Pringles, in the chocolate mixture. Remove with a fork, letting the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Freeze for 10 minutes, or until hardened, on a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet. Decorate with whiteSparkle Gel or royal icing.

Tennis: Ball Cocktail

Float pineapple, cantaloupe and honeydew balls in either Midori or Sour Apple Pucker liqueur mixed with equal parts tonic water and a splash of lemon juice. Serve chilled. 

Golf: Yogurt Chip and Goat Cheese Golf Balls

Fold 1/4 cup of shredded Jack cheese into 8 ounces of goat cheese. Wet your hands slightly, then form into balls slightly smaller than golf balls. Roll the cheese balls, one at a time, in a  bowl of yogurt chips (or white chocolate chips). Refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss unsweetened coconut with 1/4 cup of water mixed with a drop of green food coloring. Let dry completely before topping with the cheese balls. Serve with clean bamboo golf tees for skewers.

Soccer: Soccer Ball Stenciled Cream Cheese

Lay a 4-inch stencil on top of a freshly opened container of flavored cream cheese. Freeze for 5 minutes before covering with a layer of poppy seeds, then freeze for another 5 minutes before shaking off the excess seeds and carefully removing the stencil. Serve with bagel chips or as part of a game-day bagel buffet. 

Hockey: Chocolate-Dipped Triple-Double Oreos with Edible Paper Logos

Microwave a bag of chocolate discs or chips in a deep bowl for 60 seconds at 50 percent power, stirring halfway through. Dip Oreos, then gently press on edible logos before they harden. Canon makes a reasonably priced printer with FDA approved edible inks and paper. Predesigned logo sheets are available from Never Forgotten Designs.

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