I’ll just come right out and say it- I couldn’t care less about football. Every football season, I willfully watch hockey games I don’t care about on Sunday afternoons, Monday nights, and whatever other nights football is played, simply to not watch football. And every year, I go to a Super Bowl Party and choose a team to root for about 3 minutes before the game starts. This year, however, is mildly different. Though I still haven’t watched many games and I don’t have a huge devotion to Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers, my home team, finally have a good shot at winning. So instead of lazily bringing chips and dip to the party this weekend, I’m making themed treats. There are no foods that I know of that radiate aqua and black, so I’m relying heavily on a high-quality food coloring gel in “electric blue” to dye the food I make. I got it at a craft store for only a few dollars, and the color matches Panther Blue perfectly. I’m using dark chocolate in place of anything actually black.
All of these recipes are relatively fast and easy and will easily feed a crowd at a potluck-type party, since they can be portioned out in any size necessary. All of these ingredients are easy to find, and none of these recipes take more than an hour. Oh, and they can all be made ahead! So if you’re scrambling to put together themed Super Bowl snacks for tomorrow’s festivities, look no further.
I made Flour Bakery’s brown butter rice krispy treats (which is as simple as regular rice krispy treats, but you brown the butter rather than just melt it before adding the marshmallows. Also, you add the seeds of a vanilla bean, which is everything magical). To practice tempering, I dipped each one in chocolate and let it harden. Before it hardened, I sprinkled them with bright blue sprinkles and then forgot to take a picture.
I also made penuche fudge, which I died with the gel food coloring at the last step. If you think “penuche” is just a sneeze that someone tried to hold in, it’s actually a magical mix of sugar, butter, cream, and vanilla that hardens like fudge but tastes like creamy brown sugar. And this time, it’s blue!
Finally, I made everyone’s favorite- Muddy Buddies! Or you might call it Puppy Chow, if you’re a weirdo. I made half like normal, because I wanted that dark brown color. For the other half, I used vanilla candy melts in light blue and altered the color slightly with gel dye in place of the chocolate and peanut butter. The texture is a little off, but the color is just beautiful! The gel dye is necessary because the water in regular food coloring could cause the candy melts to seize before the color changes to your liking. This is the most fun recipe because it can be changed to any colors you need, and it takes all of 10 minutes to make.
- 9 cups Rice Chex, divided in half
- 1/2 lb butter, divided in half
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or Nutella
- 1 1/2 cup vanilla melts in color of your choice
- 4 drops food coloring gel, if necessary
- 1 tsp vanilla, divided in half
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided in half
- Place 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex in a large bowl.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter in the microwave in 1 minute bursts, stirring until smooth.
- Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and pour over cereal. Stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to a large ziploc bag and add 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Seal and shake to coat.
- Spread on parchment paper to harden for at least 30 minutes.
- Repeat the process with the other half of the ingredients and the vanilla melts in place of chocolate chips and peanut butter.
- Once hardened, mix and serve in a large bowl.