Theme Player: 9 Football-Shaped Super Bowl Snacks

01/23/2014 at 03:27 PM ET
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Left: Courtesy Domestic Fits; Right: Courtesy Food Family & Finds

Maybe you’re cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. Maybe you’re cheering for the Denver Broncos. Maybe you don’t know football from foosball. It doesn’t matter.

Why? These football-shaped snacks are so cute, clever and completely compliment-worthy, that you’re going to hop on the Super Bowl party bandwagon just to show them off.

We fielded a team of talented food bloggers to share nine themed ideas and recipes, from ball-like deviled eggs to cheese laces on a chili football. Just one question: Is it a trick play when you impress people with something that’s really easy to make?

Courtesy Gimme Some Oven

These salty snacks take just 10 minutes to make, says Ali Ebright of food blog Gimme Some Oven. The laces on the cheddar “footballs” are piped ranch dressing—crafty and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Football Bites (With Summer Sausage, Cheddar & Ranch)

Courtesy Sand & Sisal

Genius: Soak peeled hard-boiled eggs in a mixture of hot water and brown food coloring and they’ll turn the perfect football shade. But who wants to serve just hard-boiled eggs on Super Bowl Sunday? That’s why blogger Kim Wilson of Sand & Sisal sliced her eggs in half, whipped the yolks with mayo, mustard, bacon and cheddar, and—like the Humpty Dumpty of game-day apps—put them back together again. 

Get the Recipe: Super Bowl Eggs — Bacon & Cheese Stuffed

Courtesy The Baker Chick

“I love this cupcake recipe as it always turns out so light and airy—also it only uses one bowl, which is always good for non-dishwasher-possesing people like myself,” writes Audra Fullerton of The Baker Chick. Plus, how can anyone resist that frosting?

Get the Recipe: Double-Chocolate Football Cupcakes

Courtesy Food Family & Finds

What you don’t see about this bacon-covered cheese ball: The cream cheese underneath is rolled with diced ham, cheddar cheese and green onions. “Are you ready for some football?” Catherine Davis of blog Food Family & Finds writes. Yes, we are!

Get the Recipe: Cheese (Foot) Ball

Courtesy Jeanne Benedict

An oval loaf becomes a football bread bowl in the hands of Jeanne Benedict, the host of theme-party show Weekend Entertaining on the DIY Network. The chili recipe won a chili championship in 2011, and the peppers surrounding the bread bowl are no joke—this one’s for spicy food lovers only!

Get the Recipe: Chili in Football Bread

Courtesy Domestic Fits

Food blogger Jackie Dodd of Domestic Fits has smart advice on making these strawberry footballs: Melt your chocolate in a coffee mug, which is the perfect depth for dipping the fruit. Do these count as healthy?

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Footballs

Rosco Weber/Sideshow Photo

Stella Parks, named one of America’s best new pastry chefs by Food & Wine in 2012, played around with “three or four batches” of these tarts for her and photographer Rosco Weber’s blog, BraveTart. The result is stunning, sugary medley of passion fruit, green tea and chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Matcha Passion Fruit Bars

Courtesy Panini Happy

You could fill a football-shaped sandwich with anything, but we’re following this recipe from Kathy Strahs of food blog Panini Happy. Who can resist pastrami with sharp cheddar, sweet Italian peppers and zesty horseradish sauce? Plus, the pumpernickel she used is the ideal pigskin shade.

Get the Recipe: Pastrami and Aged Cheddar Football Panini

Johnny Autry

No perfectionists allowed in the kitchen when making these chocolate rice cereal footballs: “Since the treats are pretty uneven, don’t be upset if your details and laces are uneven also,” writes Cheryl Spangenberg of blog That’s What Che Said. People will like them no matter what, we promise.

Get the Recipe: Football Rice Cereal Treats

—Marissa Conrad

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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