It’s March and basketball is in the air! The college basketball tournament is well under way, and we at the Zing Blog want to make sure you have enough treats to make it through. Here are 16 desserts you have to try during the tournament season.
Peanut butter cup basketballs are a treat that can be made quickly in a pinch – perfect for that last-minute viewing party! Just buy a bag of chocolate peanut butter cups, whip up a small batch of orange royal icing, and pipe the lines of a basketball onto the peanut butter cup.
I love desserts that double as decorations, and basketball cupcakes do just that! This recipe from Babble is for a vanilla cupcake, but you can use any cupcake recipe you’d like (even one from a box). The frosting design is what makes these treats stand out. Ice your cupcake with an orange-colored frosting, and use black frosting to pipe the lines on it so it looks like a basketball.
Don’t get nervous; cake balls are easier than you think. Plus, just think of how much the kids (and adults) are going to love eating mini basketballs while cheering for their favorite teams.
Anything that has bacon in it is a winner, right? And beer! No more explanation needed.
This popcorn concoction is a brilliant mix of salty and sweet. It will be the perfect treat for guests to grab and munch on during the game.
Basketball and beer are a classic pairing. Enjoy it in a new way by adding a stout beer to your cupcake batter like they do in this Une-Deux Senses recipe.
Another example of mixing traditional sports food with desserts is these beer and pretzel cookies from Life’s Too Short to Skip Dessert. Cookies are always a great option for parties because guests don’t need to be at a table to enjoy them.
Not a fan of the hoppy taste of beer? Me neither. The solution? Root beer cupcakes! Taste of Home even adds little straws to their cupcakes. How cute is that?
Need something to decorate the center of your table? This basketball cake from Chickabug should do the trick! Make a round cake and decorate it like a basketball using Reese’s Pieces. Again, feel free to use your own recipe – how you frost it is what really counts!
Crazy for Crust has a brilliant recipe for Reese’s basketball dip. Honestly, anything with peanut butter is a winner in my book, but decorating it with Reese’s Pieces so it looks like a basketball really puts this dish over the top!
Planning on ordering pizza for the game? Carry the theme over to your dessert as well. Make a chocolate chip pizza like this one from The Girl Who Ate Everything for your guests to enjoy!
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic treat! Put a new twist on them by dipping them in orange chocolate and piping lines on them to look like basketballs!
People love arena nachos! Turn that experience into a dessert with these dessert nachos from Oh, Sweet Basil! I promise, they won’t disappoint.
Banana splits may be more of a summer treat, but who says you need to wait for summer? Your guests will love these mini treats, and they come in a small shot glass so they’re easy for guests to carry.
Salted caramel was the craze of the year! Carry that over into brownies with this recipe from Sugar & Spice! Besides, can you really go wrong with pretzels and chocolate?
That’s right! Potato chips as a dessert. Grab a bag of your favorite plain potato chips and dip them in melted chocolate for a treat that will be a slam dunk at your basketball viewing party.
From beer bacon brittle to basketball cupcakes, any of these 16 sweet treats will be a hit during the college basketball tournament season! Which ones are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments section.