Game Day is almost here—do you have your menu planned? Whether it’s simply family fun or a get together with friends, snacks and finger foods reign supreme on game day. It seems everyone loves to nosh through all four quarters. And if you want to make brownie points, serve brownies! When I was given the opportunity by the J.M. Smucker Company to talk about their Pillsbury brownie and frosting mixes, I didn’t have a problem saying, “yes” ‘cause everybody loves brownies.
Brownies are an inexpensive and easy-to-make treat so this week I picked up an armload of Pillsbury Brownie Mixes and Frostings at Walmart. It’s so convenient to have a stash in the pantry. Our family loves the original chewy, chocolatey taste—we even vie for dibs on licking the spoon and bowl!—and there are so many ways to plus them up: brownie turtles, mint chip brownies, rocky road brownies, cheesecake brownies, peanut butter brownies, caramel brownies. We never tire of brownies at our house.
Now that Sam is a big first grader, he doesn’t have as much time to run errands with me so I’m doing most of our shopping solo. I have to be content that at least we can hang out in the kitchen together. Baking and sampling our wares to “mix up a moment” is still high on the hit list of family fun.
It goes like this: I choose a little background music (all the great chefs do that, according to Sam) and Sam starts pulling things out of the cupboard. Invariably, once we get moving in the kitchen, Sam amuses me with his stories from his school day or his latest imaginative adventure. Did you know brownies are on the must-have menu for astronauts? Yup. Superheroes eat them to stoke their powers, too. Count me in!
I know as he gets even older and busier, Sam might not be my frequent baking buddy but I’m betting he will always be my number one taste-tester and I’m always going to be his number one fan!
For now, we discovered making (and tasting) Brownie Bombs is a great way to get ready for the game. They look festive but they’re actually simple to do. A box of Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix and Pillsbury™ Funfetti Frosting® make it easy. Want to add some to your game plan? They keep well if you can keep from eating them before the big day! Here’s the deal:
Easy Brownie Bombs
- 1 box of Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (family size)
- 1.5 cans of Pillsbury™ Funfetti Frosting®
- 1/2 pack of white melting discs
- 1/2 pack of chocolate almond bark
Bake the brownie mix according to package directions. When it has cooled, mix in the frosting. Then:
- Roll into 1.5 inch balls.
- Flatten slightly, 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out with cookie cutter.
- If making pops, insert a cake pop stick into the middle of the ball.
- Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT on a cookie rack) and freeze overnight.
- In double boiler, melt almond bark and dip the pop in the chocolate and set on cookie rack to drip.
Notes: Dough dries REALLY quickly so if not using right away, keep covered. That also means you can’t roll out all the balls first and then cut them all. Each ball must be rolled and then cut simultaneously or cracking will occur. So make a family production line.
When coating balls in chocolate, allow to dry on a cookie rack. If you put the cookie rack in the freezer, the cake pops WILL get stuck. We’re talking A Christmas Story stuck. Like make you want to cry stuck. So, keep your rack at room temperature.
After scoring on Game Day, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Stay tuned to see how we’re using our brownie mixes for a sweetheart of a treat!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.