The biggest day in football is quickly approaching, this Sunday. Whether you’re going to a viewing party, hosting one of your own, or just kicking back on the couch and watching it with friends, a creative dessert with a football theme is always a great way to end the afternoon! These frozen footballs taste just as great as they look, and who doesn’t love ice cream?
- 2 quarts vanilla ice cream
- 2 packages of chocolate chips (could be milk, dark, or peanut butter/chocolate swirl)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- popsicle sticks
Line a cake pan with parchment paper. Make sure the ice cream is fairly thawed out and scoop it into the cake pan, spreading it around with a spatula or spoon.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen solid. Next, find or make a football shaped cookie cutter. You can make one out of a water bottle, frosting can, or even a plastic cup. Just cut off the top and bottom off and flatten the tube. It’ll pop back into a football shape!
Take your sheet of ice cream out of the freezer and begin cutting it like rolled out cooking dough, with your football cutter.
Insert a popsicle stick into each one, pop them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place your footballs back into the freezer for about 10 minutes. You can repeat the first two steps over again to make more footballs out of the scraps of ice cream.
Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second increments, stirring between each one. Make sure not to overheat! Chocolate can burn very easily. Once it’s getting nice and melty, begin microwaving at 15 second increments until fully melted.
Grab your ice cream footballs out of the freezer and begin working quickly, so they don’t melt! Hold an ice cream football by its popsicle stick over your bowl of chocolate and spoon the melted chocolate on top of the ice cream. Flip it over and coat the other side. Don’t dunk!! The ice cream will melt into the chocolate and you’ll have a big mess.
Place the chocolate covered ice creams back on the cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and freeze for another 10 minutes. Melt your white chocolate in the same way you melted the chocolate before. I like to pour my white chocolate into a piping bag or plastic zip lock and cup off one of the tips to make designs. Do this to make the white lacing on the footballs.
Once again, place them back in the freezer one more time until fully solid. Although there are lots of steps, this is a fairly quick process and you’ll have your sweet treats in no time!