The biggest game day is upon us, February 1st – that’s less than three weeks away. So let’s start planning because whether you are going to the football party or throwing the football party the food is an important component.
And depending on what side you fall on—football fan first, food second or you’re like me, food first and football second—let’s plan for something to serve or to bring.
Something like these Mixed Berry Cheesecake Crumb Bars. Here’s the secret ingredient that makes this: the crust. The crust starts with a brown butter for a soft toffee-like flavor and the crushed Ritz Crackers is the secret punch that gives the ensemble a sweet and salty profile. Of course I can never stop with good enough, so I threw in a Blueberry Coke reduction sauce to serve with the vanilla ice cream topping. Yep, trust me you are not going to want to miss the sauce. It catapults the dessert into another stratosphere.
Now with the food out of the way, let’s get to some fun. I’m doing a “Home Bowl” Pinterest contest to get us all geared and ready. Here’s how it’s going to work:
Contest Prize*: Three winners will be chosen. Each winner will be awarded a “Home Bowl” prize pack valued at $350 (approximate retail value). Each prize pack includes: (1) one $250 Visa gift (2) Coca-Cola product (3) Ritz Crackers (4) “Home Bowl” themed serving cups, cutting board and tote bag.
Contest Date: The contest entry date begins January 12, 2015 and closes February 2, 2015.
Contest Entry**: To enter the contest, you must complete each of the following items: (1) Create a Pinterest board titled Coca-Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest (2) Pin your favorite game day food or drink, party tips or a combination thereof (3) Each pin posted to your Coca-Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest must include the hashtag #HomeBowlHeroContest (4) Copy and paste the Coca-Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest board URL in the comment section of this post.
Winner Selection: Winner(s) will randomly be selected and contacted via email provided in the comment section. Winner(s) will have up to 72 hours to respond to notification with a valid phone number and address.
*The prize was provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this [contest].
** Coca-Cola and Ritz crackers do not need to be shown or included in any pins to be eligible to win.
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray, then line it with parchment paper (the spray will prevent the parchment paper from shifting around as you press the crust into it). To make crust: To make topping: To make filling: Assembly: Blueberry Coke Reduction Sauce
Mixed Berry Cheesecake Crumble Bars
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray, then line it with parchment paper (the spray will prevent the parchment paper from shifting around as you press the crust into it).
To make crust:
To make topping:
To make filling:
Blueberry Coke Reduction Sauce
Paola Holthausen says
Wow! What a killer combination! It looks delicious!
Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says
These bars are gorgeous! I love the sweet/salty combo too so the cracker-based crust sounds perfect!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
I can’t lie. I’m a “food first, no football” kind of game watcher. I’ll eat and then go read gone girl.
And by “eat” I mean, take ALL these gorgeous bars into my bedroom and share with NO ONE. Pinned!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
I love the salty addition to these and the sweet from the coke- yum!!
These bars are calling my name! I have so many berries right now and now I know exactly what to do with them! Gorgeous!
Yes, food first! These bars look wicked tasty.
Tieghan Gerard says
I love how fun and different these are! Styling is awesome of course too!
Loooooove!! Great looking bars!
My sweet tooth comes out whenever cheesecake is around. Will power goes out the door.
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
I may or may not have a page-long list of what I want to make for the game. As a New England girl, I couldn’t be more excited.
Now onto these bars. I’m sorry, but blueberry coke reduction?! And a sweet and salty crust. And a cheesecake filling. You’ve stolen my heart.
I would gladly take 47 of these cheesecake bars! Love the reduction!
Oh definitely food first and then football! We gotta have our priorities straight!
those bars are so pretty and genius to use ritz for the crust!!
These bars look delicious!
Oh my goodness! Yum.
Jess @ Sweet Menu says
Oh I love berries. These cheesecake bars look delicious!
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
Love these bars Naomi and must admit though I’m not a soda drinker that are times only a Coke will do!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I so love that you used ritz for the crust!!! Perfect. Pinned!
These look like so much fun! Hopefully I also followed your directions for pinterest correctly.
Such pretty bars, love the mixed berries!
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
Yum! For me, it’s food is way more important than the game 🙂
Completely fabulous!! These bars look so amazing 🙂
Danielle Benson says
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
I’m such a fan of bars and these look amazing..love the flavors!!
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
i am a food first, football never kinda gal. I’ve never been able to understand football and now I feel ill never get it. Soooooo, I’ll go and grab myself a plate piled high with a bunch of these bars and sneak away into my room to catch up on Netflix. I love that salty ritz cracker bottom to these bars. Yum.
These bars are calling my name Naomi!
Marie Muckey says
Great contest, thanks
Kasey Williams says
Thanks for the yummy recipe and the chance to win! Here is my board –
Linda Knight says
Kalyani N says
Fun party!! Thanks #HomeBowlHeroContest
Sherry Lilly says
Great thanks for the chance #HomeBowlHeroContest
This is perfection! I just wrote my own Super Bowl recipe and your berry bars would be the perfect dessert. Thanks for sharing your heavenly inspiration!
Thanks for the chance!
Kasey Williams says
These Mixed Berry Cheesecake Crumb Bars were a huge hit at my Superbowl party, thanks for the recipe! Yumm
Trisha Burgess says
Here is my board!!
Lisa A. says
Wow, these look delicious! Can’t wait to try them! Here is a link to my board: