Game Day Cheese Balls – Sweet and Sour Style

It’s that time of the year.   I love it when the Superbowl NFL playoffs come around each year. My daughter has recently discovered a love of all things football, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite game day appetizers with her to celebrate the occasion. These Game Day cheese balls are fun, colorful, and most of all – delicious and easy appetizers

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These Skittles Sweet and Sour Game Day cheese balls will be the hit of your Playoff party - #MakeSB50Sweeter #ad

These game day cheese balls will tempt both sweet and sour taste buds.

These cheese balls have a cheesecake like texture and are just plain amazing! 

And since Jess is also a huge Skittles fan (as in dive right in there and have a Skittles party kind of gal) I thought that using her favorite candy would be such fun to do as well. For this year’s party fun, I plan to make two cheese balls that use Skittles candy.  One will make use of the normal Skittles candy and the other uses Skittles sour candy. These game day cheese balls have a whole sweet and sour thing going on for Game day and will satisfy both taste buds in a fun way.  Which are you?  A sweet or a sour Skittles party person?Skittles sweet and sour candy

Both of these appetizers are fun to make.  With ingredients like these, it’s also a tempting project.  Ingredients for Skittles sweet and sour cheese balls

Be sure to have extra Skittles on hand for snacking, both during the Game day and during the cooking day!Bowls of skittles candy

Basically both appetizers are some version of a candied cream cheese dip, but each has its own twist on the idea.  The basic Skittles candy ball combines peanut butter and brown sugar and has the Skittles candy both on the inside and decorating the outside of the ball.  How fun and colorful this will be on your Game day table! I used shortbread wafers and fruit for dipping into this ball. Vanilla wafers also work well.This Skittles Sweet Game Day party balls will be the hit of your Playoff party - #MakeSB50Sweeter #ad

The consistency of the sweet ball is perfect for dipping.  It is not too thick and dips well on a small wafer style cookie. It is sweet and creamy and will satisfy your sweet tooth with just a few nibbles. Serve this one with a spoon for easy dipping.Skittles sweet game day party ball

The Skittles sour ball has most of the Skittles sour candy inside the ball, along with nuts, sharp cheddar, and dried cranberries as well as the cream cheese. This slightly more savory ball with a tangy sweet surprise is coated with chopped pecans and has a few Skittles sour candies on top. I will serve this one with some sliced vegetables and round knot pretzels.This Skittles Sour Game Day party balls will be the hit of your Playoff party - #MakeSB50Sweeter #ad

The sour ball has a consistency more like a normal cheese ball.  Have a knife nearby to spread on your veggies or pretzels. It is tart and tangy, with lots of crunch and just a hint of sweetness.  Skittles sour game day party ball

Whichever Game day cheese ball is your favorite, one thing will be sure ~ both are super delicious and a fun addition to your Superbowl celebration.These Skittles Sweet and Sour Game Day party balls will be the hit of your Playoff party - #MakeSB50Sweeter #ad

Both dips are super fun and your guests will love them.  They are creamy and chunky and satisfy your taste buds, whether then tend more to sweet or to sour.  For best consistency, remove them from the fridge about 30 minutes or so before party time so that they can be easily dipped or spread.

We all love the Superbowl ads, don’t we?  Making these great recipes is a great big shout out tSkittles who are also official sponsors of the NFL/Super Bowl.

These two recipes for Game day cheese balls are not only great tasting but colorful as well!   They will disappear from your Game Day table before you can say Super bowl!

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What do you think of these Game Day cheese balls? Which would be your favorite?  Tell us in the comments below.

For more Game day appetizer ideas, be sure to visit my Pinterest board.

Yield: 20

Sweet Game Day Cheese Ball

Sweet Game Day Cheese Ball
Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups of Skittles candy, divided
  • Sugar wafers or fruit for dipping


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Add 1/4 cup of the Skittle candy. Scrape the mixture out of the bowl and place on some plastic wrap and form it into a ball. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. (the mixture will be quite sticky so the longer you refrigerate it, the easier it will be to add the Skittles to the outside of the ball)
  • In a small shallow bowl or plate, add the remaining 1 cup of Skittles candy. Unwrap the cheese ball and roll into the Skittles until completely covered. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • For easier spreading, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
  • Yield: 20

    Sour Game Day Cheese Ball

    Sour Game Day Cheese Ball
    Prep Time 4 hours
    Total Time 4 hours


    • 8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
    • 8 ounces of sharp white cheddar cheese
    • 1 tbsp of milk
    • Dash of Kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, chopped
    • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
    • 1/3 cup of Skittles sour candy plus a few extra for decorating
    • 1 extra cup of chopped pecans for coating the ball.
    • Knot pretzels and sliced veggies for dipping


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the cream cheese, milk, salt, and cheddar cheese until smooth. Mix in the cranberries, chopped walnuts and then carefully fold in the Skittles sour candy. (Don't use the mixer for the candies, it will make the colors run.)
  • Place plastic wrap on a counter and place the cheese ball ingredients. Wrap and form it into a ball and place in the fridge for 1 hour until set.
  • Place the chopped pecans on a plate and roll the cheese ball in them. Add a few of the Skittles sour candy on the top of the ball for decoration.
  • Serve with knot pretzels and or sliced vegetables
  • For easier spreading, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
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      45 comments for “Game Day Cheese Balls – Sweet and Sour Style

    1. 01/25/2016 at 2:37 pm

      What a fun spin on the average cheese ball! This is so awesome, I need to try this!!! Thank you for sharing!

    2. 01/22/2016 at 4:39 pm

      It all looks so yummy and so colorful. It would be wonderful for any party I’m sure. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Lashawn Wiltz
      01/22/2016 at 4:36 pm

      This is really neat. I have seen cheese with sweets before but this is something different. Such a unique way to have a cheeseball!

      • Carol
        01/26/2016 at 1:22 pm

        It was fun to make too!

    4. 01/22/2016 at 12:16 pm

      Wow never thought to put Skittles in cheeseballs. This would make a fun snack at a party for sure!

      • Carol
        01/23/2016 at 4:04 pm

        We love it. It made the cheese ball very crunchy.

    5. Janna
      01/21/2016 at 3:25 am

      love the presentation! everything looks good and its definitely a unique recipe for sure! thanks for sharing this.

      • Carol
        01/21/2016 at 10:03 am

        Thanks Janna. Glad you like it!

    6. Danielle
      01/20/2016 at 10:07 pm

      I love me some skittles, purple and red are my favorite colors! I don’t think I’ve ever had a cheeseball, neither sweet or sour but I’m all for game day snacks. The Super bowl has a tendency to fall on my birthday which gives me a bigger excuse to party!

      • Carol
        01/21/2016 at 10:03 am

        Perfect! One cheese ball for your birthday and one for super bowl!

    7. 01/20/2016 at 9:58 pm

      I love the idea of having a really sweet cheeseball! These look so fun and colorful with the skittles. I bet they were just as fun to eat 🙂

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 11:25 pm

        LOL…Yes indeed, they were!

    8. 01/20/2016 at 4:32 pm

      I love a good cheeseball and these look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them and try them!!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:41 pm

        I hope you enjoy them. We loved them at our house.

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 5:23 pm

        Have fun with them Ricci.

    9. 01/20/2016 at 3:41 pm

      Oh my gosh this looks so delicious!! I can’t wait to buy everything this Friday to make it. Especially the cheeseball, it looks so mouhtwatering!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:41 pm

        Have fun making them!

    10. Linda at Mixed Kreations
      01/20/2016 at 10:12 am

      I haven’t had cheese balls in years. This are so pretty, and look delicious. Would make a great appetizer for a party! Beautiful pictures!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:41 pm

        Thanks Linda. We really loved the taste.

    11. 01/20/2016 at 2:29 am

      I LOVE Cheeseballs! My all time favorite was this delicious Snickerdoodle Cheeseball I made a few years ago. I bet this would be a huge hit at a kids birthday party too… well, by the kids, not so much the parents.

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:42 pm

        That sounds amazing! I’d love to try it.

    12. Stephanie C.
      01/20/2016 at 12:56 am

      These are great – I love the new, fun twist on classic cheese balls. [client]

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:42 pm

        Glad you liked them Stephanie

    13. Rosemary
      01/19/2016 at 8:48 pm

      how cute and yummy looking. I have marked this for something in the future.

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:42 pm

        Great! I hope you enjoy them.

    14. 01/19/2016 at 7:49 pm

      I’m a huge fan of anything cheese related, I consider it a condiment! lol I love the idea of a sour cheese ball, sour candy is another one of my favorites!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:43 pm

        The sour one was my husbands favorite.

    15. michele d
      01/19/2016 at 4:14 pm

      These dips look so good. My kids would love for me to make these for game day. It looks awesome!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:43 pm

        Thanks Michele. The kids would have a great time making them.

    16. Angelic Sinova
      01/19/2016 at 1:20 pm

      Oh my, what a clever idea! I LOVE Skittles so much. I’ll definitely have to try this out for my big game day party <3

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:43 pm

        We always have Skittles in my house. My daughter loves them.

    17. Natalie Z
      01/19/2016 at 12:17 pm

      At first when I looked at this I thought what!?! But then I realized this could be a real game changer for multi-tasking snacking!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:44 pm

        All tastes buds are treated with them!

    18. 01/19/2016 at 12:10 pm

      I love this! I love that it’s sweet and not savory; I bet it’s the perfect game day snack. And I love the presentation!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:44 pm

        It’s the first time I have tried a sweet one and I loved it.

    19. 01/19/2016 at 11:31 am

      I love how you could use your team colors of Skittles and make this a Super Bowl appetizer for your favorite team! Or all one color for a birthday party! So much fun!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:44 pm

        That is a great idea Terri

    20. 01/19/2016 at 10:23 am

      I’ll take one of each, please! What delicious additions to my game day party! Cheese Balls are one of my favorite things. Looks so yummy!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:44 pm

        Thanks Alli. Glad you liked them

    21. 01/19/2016 at 9:58 am

      Somehow I’ve never tried a cheese ball, but these sound so delicious! I love how you have a sweet and salty version. I love Skittles so this would be a hit in our house!

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:45 pm

        Our crowd loved them!

    22. 01/19/2016 at 8:15 am

      I love cheeseballs but would never think to do one with skittles. The kids I’m sure would LOVE it but I don’t keep much candy around the house so may not be making this anytime soon.

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:45 pm

        Yes…it’s a tempting cooking recipe for sure!

    23. 01/19/2016 at 7:55 am

      These sound yummy and a great alternative to a traditional cheese ball.

      • Carol
        01/20/2016 at 4:45 pm

        Thanks Heather. I thought so too.

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