I asked our Facebook followers to let me know what their favorite fall themed Bunco ideas were. There were some very creative ideas! The most popular fall themes were Pink Ribbon and Halloween Bunco. Some groups do a variation of Halloween theme, such a Howloween and Buncoween. A group does Halloween with a Pink Twist. That sounds so fun! I think I will give that a try next year since I already have our Pink Ribbon Bunco planned for this month.
One Bunco player said that she hosts a Football Bunco each fall. How fun! I have seen some cute football themed plates, napkins, bowls, etc. at discount stores. Guests can wear their favorite football jersey, t-shirt, hat or colors. It would also be fun to have a game on in the background (perhaps your hometown team). The best thing about Football themed Bunco is the food! You can’t go wrong with dips kept warm in mini slow cookers along with some tortilla chips and crackers. My favorite dips to make (and eat) are Spinach and Artichoke and Buffalo Chicken. Both are really easy to make. However, I have a sweet tooth and my favorite food at a Bunco game is usually dessert. Salted Caramel Cake Pops would be a delicious addition to any fall Bunco theme (or any time of the year!).
Salted Caramel Cake Pops
1 Yellow Cake Mix baked in 13×9 pan according to package and cooled
1/3 cup canned vanilla frosting (or homemade)
1/2 cup salted caramel (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
1 bag chocolate melting wafers
1 cup white chocolate melting wafers
1 cup caramels (such as Kraft) unwrapped
1 tsp. water
Sea Salt for topping
32 lollipop sticks (available at craft stores)
styrofoam block (available at craft stores)
Shred the cooled caked and add frosting and salted caramel, mix well. Shape mixture into balls. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate melting wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and then stick it into the cake ball. Line small cookie sheet with parchment paper and put all 32 cake pops on the cookie sheet (use two if you need to). Put cake pops into freezer for about an hour. When you are ready to dip the cake pops, put the remainder of the chocolate melting wafers into a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second increment until desired consistency is achieved. Dip the cake pops one at a time into the chocolate mixture. Stick the dipped cake pops into the styrofoam block and let dry. Microwave white melting chocolate at 30 second increments until thin consistency. Put a small dollop of white chocolate on each pop. Next, put caramel and 1 tsp of water into microwave safe bowl and stir every 30 second until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cake pops. Finally, add a light pinch of sea salt onto each cake pop. Enjoy!
Do you have a sweet tooth? What is your favorite dessert to make (or eat) at a Bunco game? If you prefer savory food, what is your favorite? Please share your answer on our Facebook page. Let me know if you make the cake pops!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,