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Coke-Soaked Bacon Recipes for Game Day + $400 “Home Bowl” Prize Pack Giveaway

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Coke Soaked Bacon

***Please note that the contest portion of this post closed on 1/26/16. Scroll to the bottom for winner info!***

When it comes to celebrating the big game, the first thing most people think of is the football, of course, but a very close second is…. THE FOOD! And I’m guessing that order may even be in reverse for a few hungry souls. ;) That’s why I’m excited to be teaming up with the Coca-Cola & NABISCO Home Bowl this year to bring you some tasty recipe ideas for your game day menu!

BTW – if you’re not familiar with the Home Bowl yet, it’s a lineup of tasty game day party food & drinks that can be found at retailers nationwide right now. You can learn more about it here.

Bring on the BACON (appetizers!)
Bacon is always a crowd-pleaser in our circle, so we’ve utilized it quite a bit for various parties, including marinating it in Coca-Cola for a super tasty & slightly-caramelized twist!

And even though this Coke-Soaked Bacon is great on its own, Sonny & I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into a couple of our favorite bacon-y appetizers for game day this year. It added the perfect, subtle kick of sweetness to a Bacon Ranch Cheddar Football Cheese Ball and Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Coke-Soaked Bacon Recipes

The results were super delicious! Both my parents and my little ones gobbled both of these dishes up, and when loved ones of all ages like the same thing, you know what that means…. SCORE! ;)

Read on for details on both recipes AND a #HomeBowlHeroContest where TWO lucky winners will receive “Home Bowl” Party Prize Packs worth $400!

How to make Coke-Soaked bacon:
Place individual bacon strips in a baking dish. Pour Coca-Cola over the bacon, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. (You’ll need around 24 oz of Coca-Cola per pound or so of bacon.) Preheat oven to 400º. Drain liquid and place the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and slightly caramelized.

Now… onto the first game day recipe!

Game Day Recipe - Bacon Ranch Cheddar Football Cheese Ball




– 16 oz cream cheese (+ a couple extra oz for garnish)
– 8 slices cooked Coke-Soaked bacon*, diced & divided
– 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
– 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
– 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
– 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped & divided
– 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
– 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
RITZ Crackers, for serving


1. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, 2 Tbsp of parsley, and half of the bacon. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, goat cheese, Worcestershire sauce, the Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix, and the remaining chopped bacon and parsley. Use a hand mixer on medium-high and beat until ingredients are well-combined.

Game Day Football Cheese Ball Step 1
3. Scoop and shape the cheese ball mixture into a (very general) football shape. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Game Day Football Cheese Ball Step 2

4. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and fine-tune the shape of the “football” cheese ball until you’re happy with it. Then, roll the sides and top of the football in the pecan-parsley-bacon mixture. (Leave the bottom of the football uncovered.) Use your hands to pat the remaining mixture onto the football until it’s well covered.

5. To form the “football laces”, roll out a couple oz of chilled cream cheese in the same manner you would roll out cookie dough. Use a sharp knife to cut strips of the cream cheese to use for the football “laces”, and place them on the top of the ball.

Cream Cheese Laces for a Football Cheese Ball

6. Serve with RITZ Crackers and enjoy!

Bacon Ranch Cheddar Football Cheese Ball Recipe

Coke-Soaked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders




– 10 chicken tenders (approximately 1 lb)
– 10 strips raw Coke-soaked bacon*, sliced in half length-wise
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp paprika
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– ½ tsp rosemary
– ½ tsp basil
– ½ tsp thyme
– ½ tsp black pepper
– ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
– 2 Tbsp chili powder

*Marinate bacon strips in Coca-Cola for 2 hours.


1. Pre-heat the oven to 350º.

2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, rosemary, basil, thyme, and black pepper. Use this seasoning mix to coat both sides of the chicken tenders (top and bottom).

3. Cut the 10 strips of Coke-soaked bacon in half, lengthwise. You should end up with 20 “skinny” strips of raw bacon. Wrap each seasoned chicken tender in bacon, using 2 pieces per tender.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders - How-to

4. Mix the chili powder and brown sugar together and stir until well combined. Roll each bacon-wrapped chicken tender in this mixture until well coated. Don’t be shy! ;)

5. Place the chicken tenders on a greased grill pan (ideally) OR on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet (which is what we used here). Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Broil for the last few minutes if desired. Note: Cook time can vary depending on the size of your chicken tenders and the desired crispiness level of your bacon.

6. Remove from oven, garnish with a little more fresh parsley, and ENJOY!

Coke-Soaked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Note: This is a hearty-sized appetizer. If you’d prefer them as small bites, cut each tender into 3 or 4 bite-sized pieces and use toothpicks to serve.


Coca-Cola & NABISCO Home Bowl Pinterest Contest (2 Winners)

This contest is now closed… and WOW! I was seriously blown away by so many of the entries and seriously wish I had way more than 2 prizes to give away! :0 Honestly, the boards were amazing… I had to call in reinforcements and take a poll to help me narrow down my top 6 finalists to just 2 winners (*tear*). So… after much deliberation, the Home Bowl 2016 winners are……… Baylor Fain and Kelli Gill. Congrats, Ladies! And thank you for the awesome creativity in your boards! Hope this prize pack makes your game day EXTRA fun this year! ;)



• $300 Visa gift card
• Coca-Cola and NABISCO product
• “Home Bowl” themed drinkware, cutting board and tote bag

This giveaway is about GETTING EXCITED for game day get-togethers! Here’s how to enter:

1. Create a Pinterest board & pin your favorite game day party ideas to it (see sample board)
2. Name your board: Coca-Cola & NABISCO #HomeBowlHeroContest
3. Include #HomeBowlHeroContest in the caption of each of the pins on your board
4. Copy/paste the URL of your Pinterest board to the comments section of this post. The will act as your entry. Done!

Entries will be judged based on the overall creativity of the board and variety of pins. A good mix of food, drink, & decor ideas is encouraged! You are not required to pin photos of Coca-Cola or NABISCO products to win.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola® and NABISCO for this post. As always, the content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make it possible for us to keep the creative content coming!

By |2016-12-02T06:45:52-07:00January 8th, 2016|Football Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


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  2. Brenda Haines January 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Got my board and I’m ready for an amazing game day! Thanks https://www.pinterest.com/hippiehut/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

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  4. Matt Richards January 10, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Coca Cola, bacon, and chicken tenders… I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more perfect.

  5. Lisa Brown January 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

    my board – https://www.pinterest.com/lisalu24/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest-homebowlhero/
    thanks for the chance
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  6. livivua January 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

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  8. Sarah Bojorquez January 12, 2016 at 11:02 am
  9. David January 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Here is my Coca-Cola & NABISCO #HomeBowlHeroContest pinterest board.


  10. LaTanya January 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm
  11. Serena Adkins January 13, 2016 at 10:51 pm

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  12. Marissa January 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I’m definitely making that football cheese ball!

  13. Heather January 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I love these ideas!! Can’t wait for the SuperBowl!! https://www.pinterest.com/heatherp626/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

  14. Christina A January 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the interesting and delectable recipes. I hope you like mine, too! https://www.pinterest.com/teenoviedo/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

  15. Elaina K January 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  16. Kasey Williams January 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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  17. Trisha Burgess January 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  18. Susan Highland January 18, 2016 at 11:44 am
  19. Маш Ина January 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I will try to cook something with coca cola like you! :)

  20. manda January 20, 2016 at 9:10 am
  21. DeBorah Boyd January 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

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  22. Baylor Fain January 21, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Awesome contest! We love hosting our superbowl party every year, it’s been great seeing all the football themed recipes people come up with

    here’s my board: https://www.pinterest.com/baylorfain/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

  23. Jennifer Mallon January 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you so much for the great recipes and contest! I hope you enjoy my #HomeBowlHeroContest board! https://www.pinterest.com/malloned/~~-coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest-~~/

  24. Ellen Gee January 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Welcome All to my Home Bowl Hero board. Here you will find all your Game Day Essentials. Have you ever tasted Bacon-Cheeseburger Eggrolls or Football Pudding Pies, or how about meatball subs on a stick? I’m looking forward to them! How ’bout a game of Mini Football Cornhole? Fun for the whole family. https://www.pinterest.com/ellengee289/coca-cola-and-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

  25. Becky G January 21, 2016 at 9:10 pm


    Love this recipe. Anything with bacon is a winner in my book. Awesome contest! #HomeBowlHeroContest

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  27. Erin Walsh January 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm
  28. Neiddy January 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

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    Thank you for the chance to win!
    GOD bless

  29. Kathryn Nichols January 25, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Thanks for the great Home Bowl ideas! Looking forward to the BIG game:

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  31. Kalyani N January 25, 2016 at 8:25 am

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  33. Barbara Ryan January 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm

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  34. Carly Baskette January 28, 2016 at 10:03 am


    I am excited to have a super bowl party at work and use these awesome recipes!

  35. Kristine S January 29, 2016 at 4:09 am

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  36. Lisa A. January 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Yummy! Lots of great ideas to spice up my Super Bowl viewing party! Here is a link to my board: https://www.pinterest.com/lisanne624/coca-cola-nabisco-homebowlherocontest/

  37. Elizabeth Langston January 31, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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