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Some of you may be preparing for football parties this weekend. If you’re near your favorite stadium, you may be planning a tailgate with friends, and if you’re not, you might be planning a little get together at home or your favorite local sports-broadcasting establishment.  remember those days, the celebratory “we might be good this year” optimism, the good-natured ribbing with traditional rivals, all good fun.

Dry Toasted Coconut

This year isn’t like that for the Godfather and I because we are Miami Hurricanes. Yes my friends, the same “we can’t get more than a handful of people to show up to our games even when we only charge $0.88 per ticket” Miami Hurricanes. The U is better than this, and we will be great again. I trust this is just a challenging period of mediocrity in our football history. It’s an unacceptable bit of mediocrity given the talent we have recruited and resources available, but still only temporary. Personally, I feel this is karma for the destruction of my beloved Orange Bowl. Nobody likes the Marlins that much and Sun Life Stadium is way too far from campus.

Don’t get me wrong, the Godfather and I are both proud alumni and we unanimously bleed orange and green in this house. We still watch games, we still observe all appropriate sporting events in our way, but we will be glad when the ‘Canes return to their rightful place in the rankings (i.e. – more National championships than your team, and counting). Sorry… couldn’t help it. :-p

Cutting Rice Krispie Treats

While we bide our time, we understand that there are still other games, other teams, and even a whole other football league that people follow (the NFL for you non-sports types). So of course there are still parties, tailgating, all assorted celebrations that require delicious treats like these.

Crisp Rice Treat Footballs

My baby brother-in-law (baby sister’s husband) is very into the professional football. I’m conveniently overlooking his college football fan affiliations due to poor taste. Ohio State… really D? Shameful. Anyway, he, his family, and now he and my sister, have a tradition where they all play fantasy football together and they watch NFL Sunday and Monday Night Football. Since this is a weekly occurrence, I don’t think they typically do anything very different, but they were visiting one weekend and I couldn’t resist.

Tailgate Desserts Rice Crispy Treats

One of D’s “must get” items whenever they travel down to a certain mouse-centered theme park in Florida is a coconut rice krispie treat with dark chocolate and a plain rice krispie treat with white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Since the latter doesn’t really make the best football color, I decided to recreate the former.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

One quick note about making rice krispie treat cut outs – cut all your shapes as close together as possible. You don’t get a second chance to re-roll and cut again, only the opportunity to destroy the leftover evidence. 😉

Coconut Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Football Treats
 
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A great make-ahead dessert for your next tailgate party!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • dark chocolate wafers for dipping (I used Callebaut snaps)
  • white chocolate wafers to pipe stitching
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" pan with wax paper, set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, dry toast the coconut until lightly golden brown in a large saucepan. Remove from heat in a different container and set aside.
  3. Using the same saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Add the rice cereal and coconut. Mix well to combine.
  5. Press the mixture evenly into your 9x13" pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip the treats onto a cutting board and cut out your footballs using a cookie cutter. You cannot neatly re-roll, so be sure to cut the shapes out as close together as possible.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler following package instructions until smooth.
  8. Dip the treats into the chocolate, carefully smooth excess and allow to set.
  9. Melt the white chocolate using your preferred method. Allow to cool for a minute until you can put it into a disposable piping bag safely.
  10. Snip the tip off the piping bag and draw your football lines. Allow to set before packaging.
  11. You may serve immediately or they will keep up to one week in an airtight container. If you do not use tempered chocolate that does not require refrigeration, store in the refrigerator.
 

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