16 Delicious Ways to Have a Ball for March Madness
Toffee-Almond Popcorn Balls
Popcorn is always a crowd favorite. And when it’s rolled into a ball with toasted almonds, chocolate chips, toffee candybits, and soft mini marshmallows, it's nothing but net!
Cheese Balls (Three Ways!)
Why just stop at one cheese ball? Let's put two more into play! Start with a base recipe, then mix and match them to your guests' preference (cheddar and cranberry or goat cheese and scallions.)
Want to score some major points at this party? Here's your go-to guy: Everyone loves a meatball, and these come in a miniature size for people to guiltlessly go in for seconds.
Mini BBQ Meatball Sliders
Facing a crowd of hungry guests? Don't sweat it! These mouthwatering (and did we mention, make-ahead) meatball sliders are all about man-to-man defense.
Or how about these cheesy sausage balls? You can roll and bake them in approximately 30 minutes -- just before half time.
Maybe you need a small sweet treat at the start of the second half? These rice pudding treats -- rolled with a mix of honey, rice, golden raisins, and coconut -- can be made up to two days ahead of the party.
Rum Punch with Melon Balls
Frozen fruit scoops in rum-spiked fruit punch? That's what we call a slam dunk.
Peanut-Butter Pretzel Candy
Now is a good time to present your second string of sweets! Creamy peanut butter, crushed pretzels, and melted milk chocolate make an unstoppable dream team.
Marbleized Ball Cookies
Are you on Team Chocolate or Team Vanilla? Here, take a bite out of both! These two-toned treats are made with two different types of cookie dough that you can freeze up to a month ahead of the big game.
This one's a doozy. (Or should we say it's boozy?) These rum-infused brownie balls are just the thing to ensure you score on the post-dinner rebound.
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Truffles
On a roll? Why stop now when you can serve a tray of these crunchy cocoa nib-covered candies? Roll and refrigerate them ahead of time so they'll be ready for dribbling (er, passing around) at the party.
Almond-Crusted Frozen Yogurt
Here's the inside scoop on how to make a sweet score: These balls of frozen yogurt are hardened in the freezer (at least a half hour) before being rolled in a mixture of warmed nuts and drizzled in honey.
When a point guard begins the half court offence in basketball, he's "setting the table." But when you're setting the table, it's arranged with a bowl of coconut balls, covered in confectioner's sugar (and everyone's on the edge of their seats).
Glitter Ball Cookies
Pass the ball! With these eye-catching desserts, no one will have a hard time following the ball.
Dried Fruit and Nut Bites
Time running out on the clock? Don't sweat it. You can make a bowl of these crunchy granola bites and then surprise your guests with a snack at the last minute.
Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream
Gone into overtime? Scoop some ice cream! Malted milk gives chocolate an intense flavor, ending the game on a sweet note (no matter who wins).