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We didn’t used to be big sports people in this house. I think maybe it was moving to Denver that changed us, because it’s kind of a requirement here. So now we watch football (of course), and we know generally what our hockey and basketball teams are up to.
Our football season was pretty exciting this year, and we had people over a few times, and it was all fun and festive, and it turned out pretty great, and then…it was done. We were left with a lot of time, and a need to celebrate, and…thank goodness college basketball is getting going now so we can get back into sports.
It’s funny, though — I think the kids understand more about how the college basketball playoffs work than my husband and I do. One of them came home and explained all about brackets and who goes where and which Colorado teams were playing…and I just listened. I’m just here for the party, man. So since the kids enjoy keeping track of this sort of thing, it only made sense that if we were having a college basketball party — it should include everyone. OREO basketball cookies and word searches for the kids. Coca-Cola Zero™ floats for the adults (who need the caffeine to keep up with the kids). Everyone’s happy. (also be sure to visit cokeplaytowin.com/tastethemadness for a chance to win NCAA prizes)
We took a little shopping trip to our local Safeway to stock up on the OREOs, Coke Zero, and a few other things, and then headed home for some cookie creating.
The OREO basketball cookies were fun — I even got the kids involved in making them, and they had a blast (of course…’cuz you get to get your hands messy and then lick them clean). We made a little video to show you how:
- Orange candy melts (we used Wilton)
- ½ c semisweet chocolate chips
- Small Ziploc bag
- Wax or parchment paper
Heat the candy coating according to package instructions, and stir until smooth. Dip OREOs, one by one, in the orange coating and lay on the parchment paper to harden (about an hour). Pour semisweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave 15 seconds at a time until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon the chocolate into the Ziploc bag. Snip one tiny corner off the bottom of the bag, and use to draw lines on your OREOs that resemble a basketball (you might want to practice on your parchment paper first until you get the hang of it).
Let harden (at least another hour but preferably overnight), and serve.
The Coke Zero floats were pretty simple — we grabbed some cups and vanilla ice cream while we were at Safeway in our team’s colors. We put two scoops of ice cream in the bottom of each cup and filled them the rest of the way with Coke Zero. Nice and foamy and delicious.
And for those kids who might get a little antsy watching a whole game — we came up with a word search to keep them occupied.
There! Basketball party fun for everyone!
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