Get ready for the big game by throwing together two ingredients to make some Fudge Footballs. These little treats are easy to decorate with white chocolate laces and will make the perfect snack for your Super Bowl party, tailgating party, or game-watching event.
This post originally appeared on Hungry Happenings.
If you are looking for some really fun game-day snacks, look no further.
Each of these cute little bite-sized milk chocolate fudge footballs not only tastes great but looks amazing too. How cute are they? Seriously?
You are going to love how easy they are to make too! O.K. I will admit that they will take some time to craft, but the fudge is made with two ingredients in the microwave or on the stove and can be decorated using 2-ingredient white modeling chocolate, store-bought fondant, or white candy melts.
When I originally made these fudge footballs to share on my blog, Hungry Happenings, I used a combination of milk chocolate and caramel-flavored sweetened condensed milk. Unfortunately, that product is no longer available, but there are two alternative recipes you can use to make these football-shaped treats:
- You can make our milk chocolate fudge recipe using milk chocolate and regular sweetened condensed milk.
- Or you can make our caramel fudge recipe using milk chocolate and caramel sauce (or ice cream topping).
Either recipe requires just two ingredients and can be made using a microwave or stove top.
How To Make Fudge Footballs
- Blend 14 ounces of finely chopped milk chocolate or milk chocolate chips with one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk (or 8 ounces of caramel sauce) together in a large microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat at 70% power for 90 seconds.
- Let the bowl sit in the microwave for 3 minutes.
- Remove and stir until melted.
- If all the chocolate does not melt, let the bowl sit for another 3 minutes then stir again.
- Only if needed, heat for another 15 seconds at 70% power and repeat the process above.
- Spread the thick fudge into a prepared pan, cover, and chill for about 3 hours until the fudge is set.
- If you line your pan with non-stick tin foil the fudge will be super easy to remove from the pan. Just peel the foil off and cut the fudge into squares or rectangles.
- Stir the milk chocolate and sweetened condensed milk (or caramel sauce) together in a saucepan.
- Heat over low heat, stirring often, until about 75% melted.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Stir until all the chocolate melts.
- If needed, let the milk chocolate fudge rest, allowing the residual heat from the melted chocolate to melt any remaining chips or chunks.
- If all the chocolate still doesn’t melt, return the pan to low heat and heat for about another minute to warm the fudge.
- Remove and stir.
- Pour into a prepared pan, cover, and chill until firm, about 3 hours.
- Cover the fudge and let it rest for 2 hours.
- Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of fudge.
- Roll into smooth balls then shape into footballs.
- I found it easiest to pinch the edges as I rotated the ball of fudge.
- Set the football-shaped fudge on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set in the freezer for 5 minutes so the fudge firms up.
Add dimples to your football fudge.
- If you want your footballs to have a very realistic look, roll them over a dimple impression mat.
- I used a Makin's Texture Sheet which worked great.
- I found it best to rock the football from end to end, imprinting a row of dimples on the football.
- Continue to rock the football over the impression mat adding more rows of dimples.
I made some of my footballs with dimples and some without and even used two different methods to add the laces.
Add laces to your fudge footballs.
You can add white modeling chocolate or white fondant laces or pipe on melted white chocolate laces.
Use white modeling chocolate or fondant:
- Knead your modeling chocolate or fondant until it is pliable then roll it into a thick log.
- Insert some of it into a clay extruder fitted with a small single-hole plate.
- Press out long thin ropes of white modeling chocolate then cut them into inch size pieces along with shorter ¼ inch size pieces.
- Press one long piece down the center of a football.
- Lay four smaller pieces across the long piece, pressing them onto the football.
- It is best to cut a few sets of laces and then attach them while they are still soft enough to stick.
- If needed, you can use a very small amount of water or clear piping gel to attach the laces to your fudge footballs.
Use white chocolate or candy melts:
- If you prefer, you can melt and temper pure white chocolate or melt some white confectionery coating wafers (candy melts) and pipe the laces onto the footballs.
- I like using a squeeze-it bottle to make this job easy, but you can use a pastry bag or zip-top bag too.
You can see the two different styles of Fudge Footballs pictured above. I personally prefer the ones with the dimples and the modeling chocolate laces, but the smooth footballs with the white chocolate laces look pretty good too. So, the choice is yours.
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Football shaped milk chocolate fudge decorated with white modeling chocolate laces.
- 16 ounces milk chocolate
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (or 8 ounces caramel sauce)
Pour the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk (or the caramel sauce) into a microwave-safe mixing bowl.
Heat at 70% power for 90 seconds.
Let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
- Remove and stir until melted.
- If needed heat for another 15 seconds at 70% power. Let rest and stir.
Cover the bowl of fudge with plastic wrap and set it aside to rest for 2 hours.
Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of fudge.
Roll into smooth balls then shape into footballs.
Roll on a dimple impression mat if desired.
Add white chocolate laces, either using white modeling chocolate or white chocolate.
Store your fudge footballs in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
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