Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball

Tailgate like a champion! This Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball is sure to make a touchdown at your next game day party!

This super easy Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball will be a total touchdown at your next party!

When it comes to game day snackage, I like to keep things simple. Whether we’re entertaining a party of two or twenty, the snack options are always the same: cheese plates, cheesy dips, cheesier nachos, and the cheesiest of cheese balls. Notice a theme?

They’re all EASY!

Okay AND cheesy. My addiction is no secret.

Of course when the awesome folks at Blue Diamond Almonds asked me to come up with an easy game changing snack I knew exactly what flavors to incorporate into my snack sesh. They’re the same fantastic flavors and textures Paul and I default to over and over again: smoky + salty, sweet +  juicy, crunchy + carby, crisp + refreshing, and of course something gloriously cheesy.

To illustrate these flavor combos in the most delicious way possible, I’m bringing you two stellar snack ideas perfect for tailgating.

Let’s party!

An easy game day snack plate is fit for a champion!

First up, is a healthy snack plate sure to dominate the field and conquer hunger!

Could I be more dramatic?

A serious snack attack calls for a little bit of everything: cheddar and colby cheese, celery, crisp apple slices, cucumber, pretzels,  and a medley of Blue Diamond Almonds (Habanero BBQ and Wasabi & Soy Sauce are our favorites!)

The combination of sweet-salty-smoky-cheesy-zesty-crunchy-creamy all on one plate is utter perfection and practically essential to have on hand while screaming at your favorite team through the television. Hopefully we’ll all be doing more screaming for sake of encouragement versus screaming in agony.

Fingers crossed!

Next up is the cheeseball of my dreams, festively shaped into a football to appease the touchdown gods:

This super easy Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball will be a total touchdown at your next party!

Don’t let looks deceive you, this impressive snack is so easy you’ll be plotting ways to make this your default appetizer for every future occasion.

Tailgate Party? Football cheese ball! Your team went to the championship? Football cheese ball! Baby shower? FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL!

Ok so that last one might have been a wee bit out of place. To each their own.

Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball

This super easy Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball will be a total touchdown at your next party!

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Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball


  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz medium or sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped green onion, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese
  • assorted pretzels, veggies, apple slices, and crackers for dunking/scooping/spreading/faceplanting
  • one epic game day party


  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, cheddar, salt, garlic powder, and 2-3 TBSP chopped green onion.
  2. Using a hand mixer, or food processor, whip the cream cheese mixture until fluffy.
  3. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap and add your cream cheese mixture, pressing it into the bowl while you roll into a plastic-wrapped ball (your hands stay cleanish this way, but feel free to skip the plastic and get messy!)
  4. Place the cheeseball on a flat surface and shape into a football. You'll want to press down on the middle and sort of pinch the sides while you press it into an edible football. I promise it's super duper easy, relive those play dough days and have fun with it!
  5. If cheese ball is too soft, cover with plastic and pop it in the fridge for anywhere from an hour to 24 hours. Mine was still firm yet soft enough to coat with toppings so I went with it.
  6. Sprinkle/cover with chopped almonds, the remaining green onion, and bacon and press firmly into the cheeseball to coat.
  7. For the laces, snag a slice of mozzarella cheese (though you can also use a slice from a large square of mozz as well as a cheese stick) and use a sharpened knife to cut it into thin slices. Cut one long slice for the center of the football and smaller slices for the laces. Place the long slice horizontally along the center of the football, then arrange the small slices horizontally on top. Again, super simple and you can basically use any cheese you'd like, if needed!
  8. Add all your favorite dippers from the list above and dig in!
  9. This cheese ball can stay room temperature for up to 4 hours before you need to pop it in the fridge. Leftovers taste deeeeeelicious spread on pretty much everything in sight the following day.
  10. Enjoy!


Optional Make-Ahead Instructions: Follow steps above up til the football-shaping and refrigerate up to 1-2 days in advance. When you're ready to serve, allow the cheese ball to soften slightly, then add your chopped almonds, green onion, and bacon to the football. I like to add the crunchy toppings at the end since I ADORE the crunchy texture with the creamy cheeseball; though if you don't mind them softening, you can certainly complete the entire cheese ball before chilling.Inspired by the lovely cheesy footballs at Mom on Timeout and Kraft Recipes

This super easy Bacon Cheddar Football Cheese Ball will be a total touchdown at your next party!

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Ditch the chips and celebrate Game Changing Flavors this football season!

Peace, love, and college football.

What team are you rooting for? Around here it’s FSU all the way!

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  • Janelle

    How many will recipe serve?

    • Hey Janelle! The recipe should serve 30 or so, depending on how fast everyone faceplants into it 🙂

  • Wow, how good does this look!? Well done Jenn! If I saw this at a Game Day party, I wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else 😛

  • This looks absolutely delicious! Stumbled, yummed and scheduled to pin! 🙂

    • Jenn

      You rock! Thanks Annie!

  • Oh wow, that’s gorgeous! I want to just dive in headfirst!

    • Jenn

      haha it’s hard not to! 🙂

  • How fun! Love the idea of cheese in a football shape!

  • I know myself well enough, that if I made this, I would most certainly eat it all myself. I would not share.

    • Jenn

      Haha! Sharing is hard to do when it comes to food, I’m totally possessive over my snacks 😉

  • Wow! That bacon cheddar football cheese ball is the cutest thing ever! Blue Diamond’s Smokehouse almonds are my favorite. I could finish a container all by myself 🙂

  • This is amazing! I love cheesy snacks! It will definitely be a hit in our house! Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

  • Haha. This at a baby shower would be fun. Just to see the reactions. 😉 And I’m loving these pictures. Especially the second one! So pretty. I’ve never tried Blue Diamond’s Smokehouse Almonds but I now I really want to try finding them!

  • Oh heavens! This is the perfect game day snack. I’m pretty sure I might have to eat it all myself though 🙂

  • I am definitely making this for our superbowl party. So fun! Pinning now.

  • Such a FUN idea! I love this and I’l have to try it out at my next football party!

    • Jenn

      It’ll be a total hit! Thanks Megan!

  • I love this!! I’m a huge football fan and this is perfect for a Sunday Funday party!

  • This is adorable! What a clever idea.

  • Omgosh, this is just the cutest idea I’ve seen. Our family would love this for game day!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Jessica! Hope y’all get a chance to try it!

  • I love the football presentation…. and a cheeseball with bacon? Brilliant!! Love it!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Michele! It was SO easy to shape it too! 🙂

  • Any cheese based dip is good with me, so this makes me very happy. It looks delicious.

    • Jenn

      Haha I’m the same way Dannii! Cheese is pretty much it’s own food group over here!

  • Yum! This looks awesome! My mom always use to make a cheese ball when we had lots of guests over and I looooooved it. I can’t believe I’ve never made one. I have to say my mom never coated hers in bacon though. And those almonds sound amazing too! Must try!

    • Jenn

      If your mom makes you cheese balls that’s total love right there 🙂 You’ve totally got to keep her entertaining tradition alive! With bacon! And almonds! And alllllll the cheese! I probably shouldn’t have had that second cup of coffee 😉

  • This is so cute! All of that nutty and bacon goodness on top looks so yummy too!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Rachel! The topping is sooooo addictive! I could not stop spreading it on everything in sight 🙂

  • I love it ? So clever and delicious looking. Perfect treat for the game. Thanks for sharing ?

    • Jenn

      Thanks Lyndsay!

  • THE CUTEST THING EVER! I love those smokehouse almonds and I bet they were extra delicious in this!

    • Jenn

      They were soooooo delicious! Thanks Amanda! <3

  • Sandra S.

    This recipe is a total hit!!! Thanks Jenn for sharing!

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much Sandra!

  • Richard

    Sandra made this for us to try during the terrible Dolphins game on Sunday. I felt I should drop by to let you know that it was as good as the Dolphins were horrible, and that’s saying a lot! Well done on this one, just please don’t give her any ideas for a replacement to my beer…

    • Jenn

      Haha I’ll take it! <3

  • This is such a fun and tasty snack recipe for game day! 🙂 I LOVE Blue Diamond’s Smokehouse Almonds- so good! And gorgeous photos!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Carrie!

  • Yep! Perfect for watching a big game. Looks delicious! Nice touch using almonds.

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much Renee! The almonds add the best smoky crunch!

  • Wow! This is such an amazing tailgating dish. All that cheese! Yum. I would have never thought of adding almonds but it sounds delicious! I definitely need to try that.

  • All that bacon! All that cheese! All those nuts and scallions! This must taste incredible!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Sharon! It’s SO GOOD!

  • My family would FLIP over this! I absolutely love it and I love your little remark in the recipe on the faceplanting! LOL I would SO do that!

  • Cheese balls are the absolute *BEST* football food! I love, love, love how easy this recipe is, and the smoked Blue Diamond almonds are my absolute fav! Pairing them w/ cheese is such a brilliant idea. This recipe is going to become a staple for us on game day (and Sunday nights for The Walking Dead) fo sho!

    • Jenn

      Yay!!!! *cue happy dance* Thanks Amber! <3

  • I like the way you snack, lady! And that cheeseball is perfection…I would have no trouble getting into the game if I could munch on that! 😉

    • Jenn

      Thanks Faith! <3 We can totally sneak away and watch food network while snacking on this 😉 I won't tell!

  • I feel strange saying this looks cute, but it does!! Almost makes me wish I was a sports fan, but I can always make it for my sport-crazy family!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Kacey! Haha not to worry – all you have to be is a food fan!

  • this is such a fabulous idea Jenn! You can’t go wrong with a cheeseball as a crowd-pleasing appetizer, especially when it contains BACON! is it acceptable to just eat this by the spoonful? 🙂

    • Jenn

      Haha thanks Rachel! I may or may not have spooned it into my face on a few occasions. #shhhhh