My husband and I are both North Dakota State alumni. We are also huge Bison football fans. This year they once again made it to the FCS national championship game. We decided not to journey to Frisco, TX, for the game, so the next best option was to have people over!
On Saturday we got to watch NDSU win not a first, second, third, or fourth consecutive national title. They have now made history with FIVE consecutive NCAA FCS national championships!
For our shindig, we kept the menu simple with slow-cooker pork sandwiches, chips and dip, veggies, and then a friend made his “secret recipe” baked beans.
With NFL playoffs in full swing and the Super Bowl coming up, these could easily be customized to fit any team. (Unfortunately our team lost today…Vikings, you break my heart!!)
Candy Coated Football Cupcakes
I had some green candy melts that I wanted to use up, so instead of frosting cupcakes, I decided to dip them in candy melts. The end result was a smooth finish that was semi-firm to the touch.
- I started out by baking the cupcakes and allowing them to cool. (Yellow of course, to go with the green!)
- Then I microwaved the candy melts in a glass bowl in the microwave. For the one bag, I started with 30 seconds and stirred. Then I went another 15-20. I added the thinning flakes which make the melts work better for dipping. I microwaved for another 15 seconds or so and stirred.
- At this point it’s almost ready, so I microwaved it for a few more seconds and stirred until smooth. You for sure don’t want to overheat the candy melts, or the texture will not be nice.
- I got my dipping station ready…
- And then I simply dipped the top of each cupcake into the melted mixture and let the excess drip off. To me, this was much easier than frosting individual cupcakes.
- The cupcakes dried on a baking rack. It doesn’t take long at all for the melts to set.
- I put green sprinkles on some (while they were still wet), but on the others, I used a yellow candy melt pen to draw football laces.
- Cupcakes complete!
These are about the easiest football dessert that you can make. I just took a boxed brownie mix, lined the pan with parchment paper, and baked as directed.
- Once the brownies are cool, it’s easiest to use the sides of the parchment paper to lift them from the pan.
- I then used a football-shaped cookie cutter to cut football shapes. (This set of 100 that I bought like 10 years ago from Bed, Bath, and Beyond has definitely been used for many occasions.)
- I got 10 footballs.
- I then used a white candy melt pen to draw the laces.
- Brownies complete!
Candy-Dipped Brownie Bites
I didn’t want to just throw this away, yet I didn’t want to be the one eating up all the leftover pieces, so I experimented and made brownie bites. 🙂
- I took pieces of the brownie leftovers and rolled them into small balls.
- At this point, I couldn’t help but think, Well these look rather scat-like….
- And then that threw me off and I couldn’t help but wonder how the Bearscat Bakehouse in Bismarck got its name. Is it “Bears-Cat” or “Bear-Scat”???
- Anyway, I pressed on and stuck a toothpick into each scat-like ball.
- And then I dipped each into the leftover candy melt mixture. But this time I added a drop of mint flavoring to the mix. (Make sure it is oil-based. Don’t add water to candy melts.)
- I topped them off with some sprinkles, and I thought they turned out okay!
- Brownie Bites complete!
Almost everything was gone by the end of the afternoon, so I think all was good. 🙂
**I got all the Wilton candy melt stuff at Joann’s. When you use their coupons, you can get the supplies for a reasonable price. I was in cake-pop mode last year, so I had stocked up on some different colors.
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