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I might not be the biggest basketball fan in the world, but I sure do love an excuse to get some friends together and have some fun. When talks of the Taste the Madness basketball tournament started in our house, I knew if I just let the boys watch the games things would get heated. You know how men are with sports games, am I right?
Instead, I gathered all of our friends and watched the first game together with drinks and snacks. It gave the men the chance to catch up on each other’s brackets while the girls could just simply catch up. Since my OREO truffles that I made on Valentine’s Day were such a hit, I made a version of them into cake pops- in the shape of basketballs! I have to admit, they were a HUGE hit. People even went back for a second! When I spotted the cans in my local Safeway with basketball-themed labels I knew I would serve Coca-Cola Zero™ with my cake pops, the perfect combination! I don’t know about you but I’ll definitely be making more cake pops in the future. Make sure to visit cokeplaytowin.com/tastethemadness for a chance to win NCAA prizes, too!
- 1 package of OREO's (or 3 sleeves)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Orange melting chocolate
- Black icing
- Popsicle sticks or straws
- Using either a food processor or by hand, crush cookies until they are a fine powder.
- With a mixer, blend cookies, cream cheese, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed with no white traces.
- Roll into 1.5 inch balls, place on a wax-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes with sticks in place.
- Next melt your chocolate. Follow the instructions on the package in order to do so. Pro Tip: Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to smooth it out a bit. Melt in 30 second intervals and be sure not to burn your chocolate, it will taste super gross, I promise!
- Dip your cake pops into the chocolate until it's evenly covered. The key is to place the pop in the chocolate at a sideways angle with one hand. Using the other hand, spoon the chocolate mixture all around the pop. Try to do this as quickly as possible before the chocolate begins to harden and get lumpy.
- Refrigerate again for about 10 minutes.
- Lastly, pipe your icing on to make your pops resemble basketballs. It's easiest to do this if you have a stand to set the cake pops in. We used a piece of styrofoam.
- Serve and enjoy!
Photos by Kelsey McCarthy
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