Skittles Cheese Balls – Sweet and Sour Super Bowl Cheese Ball Recipes

Are you looking for a Super Bowl recipe that will tempt your sweet tooth? These two versions of Skittles cheese balls are easy to prepare and use both sweet and sour Skittles candy as their topping.

It’s that time of the year!  I love it when the Super Bowl rolls around each year. My daughter has recently discovered a love of all things football, so I thought it would be fun to share two of my favorite game day appetizers with her to celebrate the occasion.

These big game cheese balls are fun, colorful, and most of all – delicious and easy appetizers

Two cheese balls on white plates with vegetables and apples and text reawding sweet and sour game day balls.

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

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

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 in cheese ball recipes would be a nice surprise for her.

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Recipes using Skittles candy.

I enjoy making recipes with Skittles. The candy lends itself to all sorts of sweet dessert ideas. Be sure to check out my Skittles sugar cookies for another fun idea.

Don’t stop at just sweet recipes, though. Skittles can be used in savory recipes too.

For this year’s big game fun, I plan to make two cheese balls that use Skittles candy.  One will make use of the normal Skittles candy in a sweet recipe, and the other will use Skittles sour candy for a more savory idea.

These Super Bowl cheese ball recipes have a whole sweet and sour thing going on for big game, and will satisfy both taste buds in a fun way.  Which are you?  A sweet or a sour Skittles kind of person?Packages of Skittles sweet and sour candy on a wooden board.

Both of these cheese ball appetizers are fun to make.  With ingredients like these, it’s also a tempting project! I bet you won’t be able to resist sampling the candy while you prepare the cheese balls!

Bowls of Skittles candy with nuts, cranberries, coconut, cream cheese, peanut butter, cheese, brown sugar and butter.

Be sure to have extra Skittles on hand for snacking, both during the big game day and during the day you make these tasty cheese ball recipes!Bowls of skittles candy and Starburst

Both appetizers are a version of a candied cream cheese dip, but each has its own twist on the idea.

Making the sweet Skittles cheese ball.

The sweet 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 sweet cheese ball. Vanilla wafers also work well.Skittles cheese ball with apple slices and shortbread cookies on a white plate.

The consistency of this easy cheese ball recipe 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 cheese ball with a spoon for easy dipping.Skittles sweet cheese ball with shortbread cookies.

Making the sour Skittles cheese ball.

The sour Skittles cheese ball recipe has most of the Skittles sour candy inside the ball, along with nuts, sharp cheddar, dried cranberries and 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 twist pretzels.This Skittles Sour cheese ball is served with knot pretzels and vegetable sticks and topped with sour Skittles candy.

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 with cranberries and nuts in the center and served with pretzels.

Whichever Super Bowl cheese ball recipe is your favorite, one thing will be sure ~ both are super delicious and a fun addition to your game day celebration.Sweet and sour Skittles candy cheese balls. Served with short breads and knot pretzels and bowls of apple slices and vegetable sticks.

Both dips are super fun and your guests will love them. They are creamy, chunky and will satisfy your taste buds, whether then prefer sweet or sour flavors.

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.

These two Super Bowl cheese ball recipes are not only great tasting but colorful as well!  They will disappear from your game day table before you can say Super Bowl!

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

Pin these Skittles cheese balls for later.

Would you like a reminder of these Super Bowl cheese ball recipes? Just pin this image to one of your appetizer boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Helmets and Footballs with cheese balls and vegetables and words reading Skittles Game day Cheese Balls.

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in January of 2016. I have updated the post to add new photos, a printable recipe card, nutritional values and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 2 cheese balls

Skittles Sweet and Sour Super Bowl Cheese Ball Recipes

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Start off your game day party in a fun way with these two cheese balls. Both feature Skittles candy and are super easy to make.

Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours


For the sweet cheese ball:

  • 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

For the sour cheese ball:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 8 ounces of sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon 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


To make the sweet cheese ball:

Skittles sweet game day party ball

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Beat in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. For easier spreading, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

To make the sour cheese ball

Skittles sour game day party ball

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the cream cheese, milk, salt, and cheddar cheese until smooth.
  2. Mix in the cranberries, chopped walnuts and then carefully fold in the Skittles sour candy.
  3. Don't use the mixer for the candies, it will make the colors run.
  4. Place plastic wrap on a counter and place the cheese ball ingredients.
  5. Wrap and form it into a ball and place in the fridge for 1 hour until set.
  6. Place the chopped pecans on a plate and roll the cheese ball in them.
  7. Add a few of the Skittles sour candy on the top of the ball for decoration.
  8. Serve with knot pretzels and or sliced vegetables.
  9. For easier spreading, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.


The nutritional information below has a range for each value. The first reading is for the sweet cheese ball. The second is for the sour cheese ball.

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Nutrition Information:


40 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177-221Total Fat: 14-13gSaturated Fat: 6-5gUnsaturated Fat: 5-8gCholesterol: 21-23mgSodium: 75-10mgCarbohydrates: 26-1gFiber: 1gSugar: 22-2gProtein: 2-4g

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  44 comments for “Skittles Cheese Balls – Sweet and Sour Super Bowl Cheese Ball Recipes

  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 šŸ™‚

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

      LOL…Yes indeed, they were!

  8. Carol
    01/20/2016 at 4:42 pm

    Glad you liked them Stephanie

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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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