Special thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring this post. Of course, all opinions are my own. This post features a football-shaped s’mores Snicker’s brownie batter dip. The brownie batter is egg-less and an easy no-bake recipe. Plus some fun football party ideas and some other fun chocolate candy bar recipes.
So it’s a little early, but football season is right around the corner! Are you all excited? I can’t wait! I will, however, admit I am always more excited about the food aspect than the game aspect.
I mean, game food is totally the best. All that junky, make-you-feel sick food while enjoying a game? Love it. Personally my favorite is always a 7-layer dip – give me that dip and a bag of chips and I can seriously do some damage. And if we are talking desserts, I’m all over the dips too.
Fruity dips with lots of fresh fruit or savory cheese dips with chips and veggies – both great. But a chocolate dip with cookies or (in this case) graham crackers — oh yes; that’s the best.
This isn’t any ordinary chocolate dip though. It starts with an egg-less brownie batter (from my no-bake brownie bites), and then gets all s’more-ified. Marshmallow fluff, chopped snickers, and … wait for it … graham cracker dippers!
Except these dippers are the cutest! They are decorated to look goal posts and fan crowds. White chocolate decorates the graham crackers making a goal post sign and then sprinkle jimmies (or you could use nonpareils) to create “fans” in the football field.
Okay, but I’m getting ahead of myself! Back to the actual dip. It’s really easy and can be assembled in minutes. First – the brownie mix + butter gets mixed together. And a little bit of heavy cream to thin it out a bit. Then you let the melted butter cool before mixing in the chocolate candies and marshmallow fluff. Once it’s cooled and those two ingredients are stirred in – it’s time to form the shape of a football. Basically I just kneaded the mixture and formed it into a large ball. Then I flattened it and shaped it with my hands into the shape of the football.
To add even more fun and flavor to the football, I covered it in a chocolate ganache. And then decorated it to make it look like a football with cream cheese frosting. No special piping tools were used; I just used a plastic bag that I cut a hole in the top of!
Yep – even for the goal post “dippers.” I melted white chocolate and poured it in a bag, cut off the top, and then piped it in the shape of a goal post. With the frosting, I coated the other graham crackers and then dunked them in a bowl of sprinkles.
- 1 package (19.25 ounces) brownie mix
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, separated
- 1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
- 1 package (12 total) miniature Snickers candies
- 1/2 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Cream cheese or vanilla frosting
- 1/2 cup cream cheese or vanilla frosting
- 1 box graham crackers
- 1/4 cup white chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Beat together the brownie mix and softened butter until combined into a thick dough. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the heavy whipping cream.
- Allow to cool from the warm butter and then beat in the marshmallow fluff. Remove the wrappers and thinly slice the Snickers. Stir in the Snickers pieces into the dip.
- Mix and if needed, knead the mixture until the ingredients are well combined. Roll into a ball and then flatten and shape into the shape of a football.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and remaining 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds stirring in between bursts for 15 seconds until melted.
- Pour the chocolate ganache and spread evenly over the dessert football. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to allow it to set it up.
- Place some cream cheese or vanilla frosting into a frosting bag or a plastic bag and cut off the tip. Pipe the laces on the football and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- To make the dippers, separate the graham crackers in half. For the "fans" spread frosting evenly over the crackers and then dip into either sprinkle jimmies or nonpareil sprinkles. Shake off any excess sprinkles.
- To create the goal post dippers, combine the white chocolate and vegetable oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring for 10-15 seconds in between each burst until melted.
- Transfer the mixture into a small plastic bag and cut off the very tip. Pipe a goal post onto the graham crackers and allow to completely dry.
Since I’m staying in Utah and visiting family for most of August, we threw a little football party with all the fun desserts. My littlest sister had some of her friends over for the treats and then for some sports playing after. Here’s a sneak peak at the party and the other recipes!
Another one of the recipes we did were Snickers Football cupcakes. These were pretty easy – basically my doctored up cake mix stuffed with snickers and decorated with frosting to look like a football. Feel free to make your own cake and frosting from scratch, but I feature easy recipes on this blog and these cupcakes are certainly easy for a party!
- 1 (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
- 1 (3.9 oz) chocolate fudge pudding mix, dry
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain)
- 2 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk (or sub scant 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes)
- 6 regular-sized Snickers bars
- Chocolate frosting
- 1/2 cup vanilla or cream cheese frosting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together the pudding and cake mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream, yogurt, vanilla, and buttermilk.
- If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.
- Mix wet and dry until combined (do not over-stir or beat in too much air)
- Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full.
- Remove the Snicker's from the wrapper and cut into four equal parts. Press one piece into each cupcake.
- Bake the cupcakes for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove and let cool.
- Once the cupcakes are cooled, spread chocolate frosting over them.
- Fill up a plastic bag with vanilla frosting, cut off the tip of the bag, and pipe laces over the chocolate frosting.
There were some pudding cups – just chocolate pudding put in trifle dishes and garnished with a goal post graham cracker. These were easy and fun to make! To make the pudding cups s’mores inspired, you could easily mix in some miniature marshmallows!
And the final little treat we made were some small snack mixes. I found some cute football decorated cupcake wrappers which I used to hold the snack mix. I don’t have a recipe for these because I didn’t really measure out too much of anything – it was pretty much just mixing a few ingredients together – about 2 cups marshmallows, 1 package graham crackers broken up, a large handful of chocolate chips, and one bag of Snicker’s bites all mixed together and then put in these cupcake wrappers.
The party was a huge hit with my little sister and her friends – they loved the food and were so excited about the football theme. A couple of the boys are on their school’s football team and were heading off to practice right after the party – they were the biggest fans of all the football decorations! The party favorite was definitely the brownie batter dip
Here is where I found the huge box Snickers candy bars and then the 105-count bag of assorted MARS candies at Sam’s Club that I used for this party: #Chocolate4TheWin #CollectiveBias
Everyone LOVED the bowls of candy throughout!