Recipes: Jeanne Benedict’s Tailgating Party Sweet Treats (Access Hollywood Live)

Football season kicks off tonight on NBC. And, ladies, there’s no need to be a football widow the next few months. Get in on the action! Party planner Jeanne Benedict stopped by Access Hollywood Live to show Billy Bush and Kit Hoover how to throw a tailgating party at home. Here are a few of her sweet treats for game night.

Football Cocoa Crispy Rice Treat

Make 2 recipes to fill the Football Pan:


1 (10 oz.) bag regular marshmallows (not mini)

6 cups cocoa crispy rice cereal (an 11oz. box)

3 tablespoons margarine

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

White fondant

Football pan (available online at Wilton or in Michaels Arts & Craft Stores)

Spray inside of football pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add marshmallows and butter into a large microwave-safe bowl. Melt marshmallows in microwave for about 45 second to 1 minutes (watch carefully so they don’t begin to brown). Stir in cocoa powder until combined.

Add cocoa crispy rice cereal to marshmallow mixture and stir using a buttered spoon until incorporated. Rub your hands with margarine and continue to mix cereal and marshmallows. Using your hands pack marshmallow mixture into football pan. Make another batch of crispy rice treat cereal and marshmallows and pack into football pan until full. Allow to set for at least an hour in a cool place.

Unmold Football Cocoa Crispy Rice Treat on to a serving platter and cut rolled out white fondant into strips to decorate the football creating the laces and bands around the points.

Mini Popcorn Ball Spirit Sticks


6 cups popped popcorn

1 cup caramel candy (about 25 pieces)

1 tablespoon margarine

1 tablespoon water

Lollipop sticks or cookie batons

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Heat caramels, margarine, and water in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted; stir until smooth. Toss into popcorn and stir until coated. Form golf ball size balls and insert a lollipop into the ball. Decorate with thin ribbon or paper fringe around the stick just beneath the ball.

Makes about 20 - 24 

Football Wrapped Turtle Brownie Push Pops

For each push pop layer into mold:


1- 2 tablespoons brownies, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 teaspoons caramel topping

2 teaspoons chopped pecans

To give your push pop mold a football look: wrap mold with football themed paper; secure with double-stick tape. Finish it off with white tape around the top and bottom of the mold to resemble a football!

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