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Oval platter with a chocolate dessert cheese ball football and pretzels and vanilla wafers

Chocolate Dessert Cheese Ball Football Dip

Easy make ahead dessert perfect for your next party. This chocolate dessert cheese ball can be served as a football or regular cheese ball. Great for game day. Serve with pretzels, graham crackers or cookies. 
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 523kcal
Author Darlene Kratz


  • 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 7 oz bag brown M&Ms * see notes
  • 1 7 oz bag white M&Ms * see notes


  • Using a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth
  • Add in cocoa powder and mixture is smooth. 
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar until well incorporated. 
  • Place the dip onto a sheet of plastic wrap. 
  • Shape into a football (or round ball)
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. 
  • When ready to serve, carefully unwrap cheese ball and place onto a plate or platter. Gently press in M&Ms or your choice of coating. I would start with the laces to make it easier unless you're using icing and then you can add them at the end. 


I found these small bags of M&Ms in a variety of single colors at my local party store. You can order single color M&Ms online as well. If easier, crushed Oreos, chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips also work well to coat the cheese ball. As an alternate, use white chocolate chips, icing or mini marshmallows for the laces. 


Calories: 523kcal