This week as I prepare festive food for Super Bowl, I’m focusing on quick and easy recipes that look so impressive that your party guests will think you spent hours. These Reese’s Fudge Footballs were ready in about 45 minutes.
Have you tried the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread?
I’ve gone through 3 jars since discovering it last month. Chocolate and peanut butter together is my absolute favorite flavor combination and I’m a big fan of Reese’s Cups. Now I can have that flavor by the spoonful. Even better, I can use it to create amazing desserts, like this fudge.
Now, I know many of you might be wondering if this is a sponsored post. It is not. I thought it would be a great time to bring up the subject of sponsored posts. I hope you take the time to read this and let me know your thoughts.
I’ve been blogging for 4 years this week and during the first year I barely made enough money to cover the cost of blogging. In year two I made enough profit to buy a new camera.
By year three, I got hired to create recipes for Tablespoon.com, had a few other small recipe development opportunities, and gained enough traffic that my ad revenue and affiliate income equated to an actual salary.
By 2014, my talents were in demand. I was hired to create a series of recipes for Bob Evans, became a brand ambassador for Wilton, and started getting dozens of opportunities to write sponsored posts.
I know there is a stigma attached to bloggers doing sponsored posts. Many people don’t like them and don’t trust bloggers who do them.
My opinion is this, my cupboards and refrigerators (yes, we have 2) are filled with brand name products. I eat them and use them every day. I have always shared with you the brands of products that I use to create my projects and recipes, so that you can enjoy the same results I do when you make a recipe at home.
Now that brands have noticed my blog and want to pay me to create projects using their products, I’m more than happy to oblige as long as it’s a product I use and believe in.
I want to make sure I keep my loyal readers happy. I want you to feel like you can rely on me to create the best edible crafts and party food even when I’m writing a sponsored post.
I’ll tell you honestly why and how I used the product to create the project and when I’m in love with a product, I’ll share my enthusiasm, like I did at the beginning of this post.
You will always see a disclosure in my posts telling you when I’ve been compensated. I will do my best to keep things from sounding like an advertisement. I realize I did that early on. I have a degree in advertising. It comes naturally to me. After I heard from a few unhappy readers, I learned from my mistake.
I created a lot of sponsored content in December and would really love to hear how you felt I handled these posts.
Have you ever been offended or annoyed when you read a sponsored post on my blog?
Do you feel like I’ve done a good or bad job incorporating brand name products into my projects?
Have you made any of my projects using a product I promoted in the post or purchased a product to try based on my recommendation?
Please leave me a comment below telling me your thoughts, or if you prefer, shoot me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really appreciate your input and time to read this long winded post.
Now onto the recipe.
If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, love fudge and football, this recipe is for you.
Speaking of full disclosure, I’m not into football and I’ve never watched an entire Super Bowl Game.
So, why do I make so much Super Bowl party food for Hungry Happenings? Simple, more people in the United States host parties for Super Bowl than any other single day of the year and I’m a party food blogger. I aim to please.
Reese’s Fudge Footballs
Decoration (white stripes and laces)-
1 ounce white confectionery coating/Candy Melts
Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge-
5 ounces (rounded 3/4 cup) white chocolate chips or White Candy Melts
3 ounces (rounded 1/2 cup) milk chocolate chips or Light Cocoa Candy Melts
4 ounces (rounded 2/3 cup) Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
8 ounces (rounded 3/4 cup) Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread*
*I know logic would tell you that 8 ounces = 1 cup, but I weighed the spread a few times and found that I only needed a little over 3/4 cup for 8 ounces of the spread.
If you don’t have a scale and are measuring in cups, you want them to be filled just a little past the top of the cup.
food use only paint brush
Wilton Silicone Football Mold
Melt 1 ounce of white confectionery coating. Place wafers in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 10-15 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
Use the food use only paint brush to paint the stripes and laces in the inside of the football silicone molds. Freeze for 3 minutes.
Heat the white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and peanut butter chips on high in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for 30 more seconds, then let the bowl sit in the microwave for 2 minutes, then stir, then repeat that again. If needed, heat for 10-15 second increments, stirring after each until melted.Stir in the Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread until smooth.
Pour into the football molds. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Turn mold upside down on table. Press the backside of the mold, and pop the footballs out. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
The fudge will be rock hard when frozen but will soften nicely as it warms up.
Items used for this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales) UPDATE: Sadly the football silicone mold has been discontinued. You can use a plain oval silicone mold instead, just paint the laces into the bottom of the mold just as you would if using the football mold. The result wont be exactly the same, but it will look pretty similar.The oval molds even come in smaller sizes, so you can make bite sized fudge footballs.
More Super Bowl Dessert Recipes
from Hungry Happenings
If you want more tailgating or homegating party ideas for the college football season,
be sure to check out my Football Party Food ideas.