Cheese Ball Pops Recipe


Tailgating time is here, Smarties! What are you serving up for Game Day? Try this cheese ball pops recipe for a tailgate-style take on the beloved cheese ball appetizer. Cheese ball pops make for a cute display and an easy-to-grab eat. If you’re trying to please ALL of your tailgater guests, this recipe is for you. Let’s face it, you can never go wrong with cheese!

What you need:

  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
  • 2  cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 package of slice almonds (about 2 oz.)
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  • cake pop sticks (up to 24 depending on how big you make your pops)


Mix the cream cheese, butter, cheddar cheese  and brandy in a bowl. Add in the chopped dates and bacon. Shape mixture into about 1 in. diameter balls. Roll balls in sliced almonds, cover and refrigerate until firm (2 hours).

Insert cake pop stick into each cheese ball and serve on your favorite Smarty Party plates.

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Much Party Love, Smarties!

Ashley Jr.

Food Styling: Ashley Riley
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