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March Madness

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament pits 68 teams against one another for seven intense rounds of basketball kicking off with selection Sunday on March 15th and culminating in the National Championship Game on April 4th.

This offers a great opportunity to pick one (or all even three) weekends to invite your friends over for beer , bites and basketball. Here are some fun tips for the perfect basketball bash. Visit www.ncaa.com/news/basketballmen/ncaa-bracket-march-madness and print out copies of the official 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket. Have your guests make their picks for the round and see who has the best basketball brain.

Set up a couple of mini basketball hoops and have shooting contests during game breaks. If you don’t want to invest in mini hoops, use clean garbage cans for a little trash can basketball.

Serve a wide variety of snacks and finger foods. Try the recipe below for basketball cake balls, which will be the talk of the table.

Basketball Cake Balls

  • 1 box of cake mix (any flavor)
  • ½ cup frosting (coordinate with cake flavor)
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Orange food coloring

Bake according to directions on the package and let cool. Trim off edges of cake and discard.

Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix thoroughly with hands. Roll into 1” balls then chill in the refrigerator.

Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Add orange food coloring and stir until desired color is reached.

Dip cake balls in orange-colored chocolate and place on wax paper to set.

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips according to package directions.

Once set, pipe on basketball stripes using melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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