Oh, Cheese Balls!

Pop music. The Back to the Future movies. Don’t even get me started on Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids.

The 80s gave us so many treasures. And you know what else makes the list of timeless traditions? Cheese balls! A little retro. A little fancy. And a LOT of fun. Sweet or savory, cheese balls are simply the perfect party food – no matter your age.

Baby showers. Work potlucks. Dinners with friends. Whatever’s on your calendar this month, here are seven wonderful ways to get a little cheesy – with a modern twist!

7 Not-Your-Mama’s-Cheese-Ball Ideas

  1. Think Outside the Ball. Who says you have to be traditional? Serve your cheese “ball” scooped into cute containers! Dipping bowls. Shot glasses. Small crocks. You name it!

    Oh, Cheese Balls! blog post | Tastefully Simple

    If you’re inviting over a few friends, stir together English Toffee Cheese Ball Mix, 8 oz. softened cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of chocolate-hazelnut spread (aka Nutella). Serve in a small bowl, paired with a tray of fresh strawberries, sliced apples and graham crackers. (Oh, and you can save $1 off English Toffee Cheese Ball Mix now thru March 3, too!)

  2. Get a Little Fruity. Since sweet cheese balls can be a little rich, I love to serve them with fresh fruit.

    Oh, Cheese Balls! blog post | Tastefully Simple

    Try the NEW Peach Raspberry Cheese Ball with cocktail skewers of cubed watermelon, cantaloupe and fresh mint leaves. Juicy berries and sliced peaches would be absolutely lovely, too!

  3. Top with Texture. Want to add a little extra crunch or color? For savory cheese balls, roll ‘em in chopped nuts, crushed crackers, shredded cheese or chopped herbs. For sweet versions, sprinkle on crushed graham crackers, cookie crumbs or even a finely chopped candy bar.

  4. Make ‘em Mini. Mini cheese balls are perfectly personalized portions, plus they are so pretty.

    Oh, Cheese Balls! blog post | Tastefully Simple

    To make these bite-sized beauties, roll a chilled Peach Raspberry Cheese Ball into 1½- inch balls. Place each one on a vanilla wafer, and top with a raspberry, mint leaf and cocktail pick. So easy and elegant!

  5. Show Off with Phyllo Shells. Prefer something savory? Impress everyone with these simple yet gorgeous Nutty Cranberry Herb Bites.

    Nutty Cranberry Bites Recipe | Tastefully Simple

    Since your guests won’t need any silverware, they are made to mix ‘n mingle.

  6. Try Different Dippers & Dunkers. From crackers to crostini, choose a variety of dippers so your guests have plenty of options. Here are a few classic combinations!

    For sweet cheese balls:
    - Graham crackers
    - Vanilla wafers
    - Sliced apples and peaches
    - Fresh strawberries

    For savory cheese balls:
    - Crackers in different shapes and flavors
    - Butter pretzel spindles
    - Celery sticks
    - Baby carrots

  7. Share with Kids and Kids at Heart. Think cheese balls are just for grown-ups? Think again! This weekend my kiddos and I whipped up this sweet Samoa Caramel Cheese Ball – inspired by our favorite kind of Girl Scout cookies.

    Oh, Cheese Balls! blog post | Tastefully Simple

    With toasted coconut, buttery caramel and sweet chocolate, it’s absolutely delicious with apple slices or shortbread. See the full recipe here »

Now what are some of YOUR favorite ways to make cheese balls? Tell us in the comments below, or share your ideas with us on Facebook.

We’d love to hear how you roll!

- Jen

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