How is your bracket looking? Are you planning big game watching parties this week? I always want to include an unique themed recipe for March Madness events, but thinking of recipes beyond traditional wings and dip can be difficult. It’s time to sweeten these gatherings with a recipe that can work as an appetizer, dessert, or even a tablescape centerpiece. With a side of sliced apples, this Skittles Cheesecake Ball will be a hit at your March Madness festivities! After seeing this sweet basketball treat, I think even my daughter may become a March Madness fan.
A large 54 oz. bag of Skittles is ideal for this recipe. The Cheesecake Ball is decorated with specific colors, therefore purchasing the large bag allows for plenty of orange and purple Skittles with additional left over for sneaking snacks.
To make this, first create your favorite cheesecake ball. We all have that favorite family cheesecake recipe, and this works great here. Use your favorite recipe or find a new one online.
Beat the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and brown sugar. Cream together. Stir in vanilla extract. Stir in crushed Skittles until they are thoroughly mixed in with the batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of three hours.
Once the cheescake ball is complete, arrange the orange and purple Skittles on the Cheesecake Ball in the fashion of a basketball. To make this easy, start with the purple Skittles and fill in with the orange.
Serve the Skittles Cheesecake Ball with a side of apple slices or it can be enjoyed as is. I’m keeping this recipe on hand for birthday parties, too! With three boys running around here, I’m sure that I have a basketball theme party in my future.
What are your creative ways to use Skittles?