You all know how my husband feels about football. And you all know how I feel about football.
The fact that my husband tries to plan a business trip over Superbowl weekend so he can watch the game in the privacy of his hotel room speaks volumes to our football feelings in this household.
But just because I read during football games and fast forward through the Superbowl so that I can watch the commercials, it doesn’t mean I don’t want football food. I love football food. Especially dessert football food. Especially cute dessert football food!
And what’s cuter than an edible football stadium?
How about nonpareil people?
Or tiny crescent roll players?
Or pizza dough goal posts?
Cuteness overload! And that’s what football is all about…right?
I built my snackadium out of Pillsbury Pizza Dough. I’ve always loved the versatility of that dough! I love making a fast pizza with it, as well as calzones and breadsticks. Now I build stadiums. I’m an architect, yo!
I baked my dough on an inverted budnt pan, covered in foil and sprayed generously with cooking spray. I baked it longer than you would a pizza to eat, because I wanted it completely cooked through so it would stand up and not collapse.
Of course, you need something to make the field. I knew I wanted to do a dip. My first thought was peanut butter, but I’ve already done that. Then I remembered cake batter dip, one of my most popular recipes.
I made Devil’s Food Cake Batter Dip for the dirt. I had a lot of frosting leftover in my fridge from Christmas, so I tinted it green as the grassy field. But I think it would be even better if the green layer was cake batter dip also, made from White Cake Mix. So I wrote the recipe reflective of that. But, by all means, use frosting if you have it. I know I love to eat spoonfuls of frosting. Who doesn’t?
I also made some pie crust dippers. Because they’re just good.
Now, once you have your field, you need players. And goal posts. I used Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for the players. One triangle of the crescent roll dough was cut into about 16 small triangles and 16 tiny crescent rolls were formed. Half I dipped in blue candy melts, half I dipped in white, for each team. The crescent roll dough was also used for the sign.
I fashioned my goal posts out of some of the pizza dough scraps from the snackadium, but you can also use some of the crescent roll dough.
The flags were made from Fruit By The Foot, cut into triangles and wrapped around toothpicks. Gotta have team flags!
The snackadium, while gorgeous, needs to be edible. The dip is great, but how do you eat it, besides with a spoon? You need dippers! You can use any and all manner of dippers for your cake batter dip: Pie crust dippers, Bugles, sweet Chex Mix, pretzels. But I also made some cinnamon sugar crescent swirls. They were super easy, and oh-so-good. Simply fashion a rectangle out of your remaining crescent rolls (remember, we used one or two in the making of people) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Roll, slice, and bake. They are great dipped in cake batter dip, or just by themselves!
The spectators. How can we forget them? Every football game needs it’s fans! The idea to use nonpareils came from In Katrina’s Kitchen, who made some cute sundae bowls last year. Because my snackadium was so large, and because Target was conveniently out of regular sized nonpareils, I used jumbo. But feel free to use either!
Any of these elements, including the dip and the crescent roll swirls, would make a huge hit at your Superbowl Party this year!
This snackadium, while it was a lot of work, is kind of a stunning piece of art. It was hard to eat it, but we managed.
It did feel weird to eat the nonpareil people and crescent roll players though. It felt…wrong. But we managed that too.
And hey, if you came here for a linky party today…I have decided to take a break from Crazy sweet Tuesday. You can read more about that here. If you are looking for somewhere to link your sugar, check out my friend Karyn, over at Pint Sized Baker. Her brand new linky, Two-Cup Tuesday, is starting tonight at 8pm EST!
I have partnered with Pillsbury through DailyBuzz to help promote their Crescent Roll and Pizza Crust products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you Pillsbury for this awesome opportunity to create a Snackadium!
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