If you’re tired of the traditional round OREO cookie balls, then put on your game day gear because I’ve got some non-traditional football party ideas to start your game day on a festive note! This OREO party sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser is a colorful alternative to basic team colors and as always, all opinions and writings are my own. Thank you to my sponsors who allow me to continue producing free printables and recipes! #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias.
Over the holidays, my cousins and I whipped up a batch of cake balls before the whole family came over. Not like we needed more sweets to add to the already 10929 million cookies sitting on the table, but they sounded like fun so we made them. Afterwards, as the piranhas were swarming the cake balls and giving us their “culinary opinions”, one of the boys said something to the effect of, “They’re good but I like OREO cookie balls better.” And before we could think of anything snarky to backfire back at them, I realized that I agreed. They are better. They’re richer, more chocolatey, and are about 5x easier to make than baking a cake only to mash it back up again. But my issue with regular, plain Jane OREO cookie balls is that they look well…plain jane. So I figured out a way to spice them up for a football ice cream party this weekend and let the guests have at em’. These little eye paint bars may look like a typical candy bar, but what awaits inside is the ol’ same recipe as traditional OREO cookie balls!
Place a football player place mat at each table setting and allow the little ones to have fun “painting” on the player’s eye paint. I’m not a parent so maybe allowing kids to play with their food isn’t a good idea, but this IS game day isn’t it? A little food art never hurt anyone. (Hey, it could be worse. I could have used chocolate pudding instead.)
To make the bars, I whipped up a batch of regular OREO cookie balls according to the basic recipe, poured it into a 6×9″ loaf plan, and let it chill in the freezer for about an hour to harden. I then took it out, trimmed off the edges to make it a perfect rectangle, sliced them into thin strips and then cut them down to the size of a mini candy bar. Next, I took the edge scraps and leftovers from slicing the bars down to size and rolled them into tiny bite-sized OREO cookie ball sprinkles. Dipped everything in chocolate and wah-lah! We had ourselves some bars to munch on and some extra OREO cookie ball sprinkles to toss on top of the ice cream.
Itty bitty OREO cookie ball sprinkles, you guys. WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS EARLIER?
I used the regular and peanut butter OREO’s for these but Walmart also had chocolate (When did these come out? Have I been living under a rock?), Berry, and Birthday Cake flavors that are next on the list to make. Birthday cake OREO cookie ball sprinkles? Yasssss please. Or mint for St. Patrick’s day? Oh boy, the wheels are turning now. This won’t be the last time you see these sprinkles, that’s for sure. Aisle 8, I’ll be back. Don’t you worry.
For the decorations, I wanted to steer away from the traditional green & brown football party colors and add in some bright & fun colors to mix things up! I made this wall centerpiece by cutting out circles and a triangle cone from colored wrapping paper and cream colored matte board. And for the football, I designed a simple football and printed it off on a large piece of paper. Two scoops ice cream, one scoop leather and lace. The perfect combo. Turns out that the large bowls I had in my kitchen made perfect stencils to make these large round scoops and white address stickers were easy to trim down to make the sprinkles!
I set out some cherries, hot fudge, and sixlets and let the guests create their own sundaes. And because I’m a sucker for root beer floats, I added some mini soda cans to the table as another tasty option!
I mean, is there anything better than a OREO cookie ball sundae to start off a 3-day holiday weekend?
I’m going to have to go ahead and say no. No, there is nothing better.
OREO Cookie Balls
Turn traditional Oreo balls into mini ice cream sprinkles!
- 1 pkg (8 oz. brick cream cheese, softened)
- 36 OREO Cookies (finely crushed (about 3 cups))
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted)
- Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- Customize it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
- Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Customize the shapes as you wish! To make the bars, I whipped up a batch according to the basic recipe, poured it into a 6x9" loaf plan, and let it chill in the freezer for about an hour to harden. I then took it out, trimmed off the edges to make it a perfect rectangle, sliced them into thin strips and then cut them down to the size of a mini candy bar. I then took the edge scraps and leftovers from slicing the bars down to size and rolled them into tiny bite-sized OREO cookie ball sprinkles. Dipped everything in chocolate and white almond bark and added some sprinkles!
Materials & Product Sources:
Pink & Lime Green Wrapping Paper // Cream matteboard for cone
Football Player Face Masks Placemats // Paper Plates & Cups
Spoons // Green Football Ice Cream Cups // Ice Cream // OREOS // Root Beer
Throwing & styling parties is always a bit tiring but is something I plan to do more of in the new year! Party printables are fun and all, but adding them to a real life party is even more fun. Thanks to OREO for partnering with me on this fun party and a huge thank you to everyone who came, partied, and helped out! For more playing with food, pop on over to my Instagram for a little video clip I put together featuring the mini football players!
Have a favorite flavor of OREOS? I’m already planning the next batch of mini sprinkles and would love your suggestions!