Make a quick and easy 4-ingredient Reese's Fudge in the microwave, then use it to create these fun fudge footballs. They make a great hostess gift or a festive dessert for a game-watching party.
NOTE: This recipe was created in 2015 when Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread was a new product in the stores. You may not be able to get it anymore. You can use peanut butter, Nutella, or any other chocolate spread instead.
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.
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 the Super Bowl than any other single day of the year and I'm a party food blogger. I aim to please.
RELATED: Find dozens of easy fudge recipes at HowToMakeEasyFudge.com.
Reese's Fudge Footballs
Ingredients: (this makes 6 footballs)
Decoration (white stripes and laces)-
1 ounce white confectionery coating/Candy Melts
Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge-
white chocolate chips or White Candy Melts
milk chocolate chips or Light Cocoa Candy Melts
Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread (peanut butter, Nutella, or other chocolate spread)
Wilton Silicone Football Mold (or an oval silicone 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 paintbrush to paint the stripes and laces on 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 (peanut butter, Nutella, or other chocolate spread) until smooth.
- Pour into the football molds.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Turn the mold upside down on the table.
- Press the backside of the mold, and pop the footballs out.
- Allow the fudge footballs 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 won't be exactly the same, but it will look pretty similar.
Creamy chocolate peanut butter fudge is poured into football-shaped molds to make these easy fudge footballs.
- 1 ounce white candy melts (to paint the laces)
- 5 ounces white chocolate chips or white candy melts
- 3 ounces milk chocolate chips or Light Cocoa Candy Melts
- 4 ounces (rounded ⅔ cup) Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
- 8 ounces (rounded ¾ cup) Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread (peanut butter, Nutella, or other chocolate spread)
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 paintbrush to paint the stripes and laces on the inside of the football silicone molds.
Freeze for 3 minutes.
Heat the 5 ounces of white chocolate chips (or white candy melts), milk chocolate chips (or light cocoa candy melts), 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 (peanut butter, Nutella, or other chocolate spread) until smooth.
Pour into the football molds.
Freeze for 30 minutes.
Turn the mold upside down on the table.
Press the backside of the mold, and pop the footballs out.
Allow the fudge footballs to come to room temperature before serving. The fudge will be rock hard when frozen but will soften nicely as it warms up.
*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 ¾ 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.
Store your fudge footballs at room temperature for up to 1 month.
more football-themed dessert ideas
White Chocolate Football Field Cupcake Wrappers
Milk Chocolate Football Cupcake Wrappers
Chocolate Chalkboards featuring Football Plays
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Everyone loved these and were so impressed with the perfect footballs. Thank you for sharing!
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this fun recipe.
Reese's apparently discontinued the spread. If I use plain peanut butter, do you think I should swap out the peanut butter chips for chocolate?
Either way will be fine. If you use the peanut butter chips, the footballs will be lighter in color but have a more pronounced peanut butter flavor. If you use all chocolate chips, the footballs will be closer to the color you see in my pictures and the fudge will still have a nice chocolate peanut butter flavor. You can see my recipe to make chocolate peanut butter fudge bears where I use only chocolate chips and peanut butter here - https://hungryhappenings.com/valentines-day-chocolate-fudge-bears/
Hi there. How many footballs will this recipe make?
It will make six footballs in the Wilton football mold if you fill them up about 3/4 of the way. Sadly, the molds are no longer available but you can find oval silicone molds that would work. You just need to paint the white laces onto the inside of the mold.
I am one of those "loyal readers" you mentioned. Thank you putting your talent to work for all of us so we may benefit from it.
It took great courage for you to admit that you are not a football fan, and I respect that. 🙂
By the way, these are the BEST football treats, ever!
You said, "If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, love fudge and football...." well, those are four of my favorite things, so let me help you out (in return for all you do for all of us). You do a lot of good things for those of us who need Super Bowl party ideas. You might want to pass on to all your other loyal readers: NFL balls do not have stripes. College, high school, and Jr. high balls have stripes, but not the "big boys".
Keep up the good work, Beth. You're great (and very talented). Thanks again.
Thanks for the insight, Sondra. I had NO idea NFL footballs did not have stripes. I will try to remember that come Super Bowl season, when I'm making more party food. I'm glad you are a loyal reader and appreciate your comment. I try to make party food that my readers will love, even if it's for an event I have little interest in, like a football game. I better do a little more research next time. LOL!
These are so creative...I love all your football ideas! Thank you for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY...I wanted to let you know you are going to be featured tonight! Looking forward to seeing what you share with us this week! I'm sending lots of foodie love your way!
Thanks so much for featuring my footballs at your party!
I don't mind you doing sponsored posts at all, it let's me know what works and doesn't work because I know you would tell us! Plus, finding products I may have never heard of with a review is a win win, I did not know they had a Reeses Peanut Butter Spread! Just like the everything you do, they are perfect!
Thanks for your input. I'm happy to hear you appreciate learning about knew products or ways I use specific products in my recipes and edible craft posts. I don't gush often about products unless I'm totally in love with them, and I do love the new Reese's Spread:)
I got a jar of the Reese's Spread last week and loved it and was excited to use it in a recipe. I just made the fudge, and it's so yummy. I actually appreciate that you share the brands you use in your recipes. I've made several of your recipes and like knowing that what I've made tastes like what you intended it to. I think you've done a good job of sharing brand name products with us without sounding like an advertisement.
Keep all those creative ideas coming. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
Thanks Sue. I'm so happy to hear you made the fudge. I really love making easy fudge. Fudge is one of my husband's favorite treats, so I am always excited when I come up with a new flavor that he likes. He loved this one.
I'm also very glad to hear your input on my sponsored posts. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff
Oh my gosh! These have got to be the best tasting footballs ever ... cute too 🙂 Pinned!
Thanks, Brenda. These footballs do taste pretty great:) I appreciate the pin.