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Turn breakfast on its head by serving something different while you are gathered together for the holidays. My Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball will help you get your coffee and breakfast at the same time while making time for family and friends.
My entire life I have been surrounded by coffee drinkers. I know that is a weird statement and I will expand on it and say that my family members are HUGE coffee drinkers. Black coffee, all day, every day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That is a lot of coffee! What do you do when you are born into a family of coffee drinkers? You drink coffee!!
Much like my husband, who is also a coffee drinker (no big surprise), I have to have my infusion first thing in the morning to get started. I need something cold first thing as it wakes me up so thank goodness they make insulated cups that can hold ice all night so I have iced coffee right next to my bed when I wake up.
The aroma of coffee is on another level. I can smell it all day long and not get tired of it. Working from home allows me to move my office to a Starbucks® coffee shop and write out recipes that contain coffee and smell it at the same time. I have a Chai Latte dip that is coming out that will blow your mind, but back to where I left off.
For most people, not my family it seems, but most people like their coffee in the morning or for breakfast only with maybe that occasional cup of coffee after dinner when out at a restaurant.
In these instances, I like to order coffee with a little something extra in it like extra whipped cream and/or chocolate milk as if I am still 5. Don’t knock chocolate milk in your coffee, it is very much like a mocha!
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What does all this coffee talk have to do with cheese balls?
First off, I love cheese balls. They are the perfect party food, game day appetizer, picnic item, hostess gift, and all-around holiday favorite being that the only stipulation is that a cheese ball is for later in the day.
Or is it?!?! I have been working on lots of cheese ball recipes for football season and upcoming holiday parties and while brainstorming ideas I came across one occasion that is sorely lacking in cheese balls. Breakfast!
I recently posted a Breakfast cheese ball recipe with berries and granola but after publishing it and thinking of other items to serve with it, I started thinking that I left coffee off the menu!
Why not mix the coffee in the cheese ball much like I did with my Chai Latte Dip. Let’s coffee up this cheese ball up and make it a holiday flavor to boot!
I typically find Starbucks® coffee on the coffee/tea aisle but because Walmart is showcasing the Starbucks® Holiday flavors, including the Peppermint Mocha I use in this amazing cheese ball, it is super easy to find on the end-cap!
You are going to want to head to Walmart right now and not just to get a bag of Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha Flavored Ground Coffee, but a few of the other goodies too.
There is a special running from 11/1/17 through 12/26/17 and if you purchase three (3) qualifying Starbucks®packaged coffee (10-20oz.), Starbucks® K-Cup® packs (9-32ct.), VIA® Instant (5-8ct.), Starbucks® Syrups (12.17oz.), or Starbucks® Cookie Straw packs (9.17oz.) products in a single transaction you will receive 75 bonus stars when you upload your receipt at Starbucks-stars.com.
I love getting bonus stars which gets me closer to a free beverage that I can share with Brooks on our Saturday morning car rides.
When you think of breakfast where do you fall? Sweet or Savory?
Not being a big breakfast fan, I am fully on the savory side unless we are talking about doughnuts and then all bets are off. I love bacon and eggs but prefer to have them later in the day and usually not together.
Breakfast for me consists of leftovers from the night before or a few crackers and hummus. Cereal is something I crave, but usually for dessert and late at night. Thanks, mom for introducing me to this vice!
Why can’t we celebrate breakfast with all these wonderful things together? Coffee, savory items, sweet foods… What if they all came in a ball that you make ahead of time so when you are crazy busy during the holidays you can literally roll out breakfast for family and friends and just enjoy the best present of all: time together?
How do we pick the flavors? Let’s talk about the coffee drink that is at the top of my list, A Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha.
Peppermint Mocha comes into my life.
Mocha is the delicious mixture of espresso, milk, and chocolate. Like Coffee married Hot Chocolate and had a baby! What better way to ease into drinking coffee, for those just starting out, than adding chocolate to it? Throw in the holiday favorite, peppermint, and we can have a serious conversation! Preferably around breakfast time before the day gets crazy.
In dreaming of what flavor of cheese ball to make with coffee, I couldn’t help but make it a flavor that I will enjoy too. A Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball is just the way I want to spend Christmas morning with the family!
Our Christmas morning usually consists of sausage squares, orange juice, fresh fruit, Mimi’s Marshmallow Bombs, and plenty of bacon. Now that my boys are big I might have to buy half a pig just to feed them! While all the boys are scarfing down the eggs and bacon and fighting over the last sausage square, the ladies are picking at the fruit and the crumbs of bacon left on the serving platter.
With my Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball, us ladies can gather at one end of the table, start smearing our crackers with the cheese ball and watch the buffet destruction ensue from a safe distance.
I will get my coffee, a bit of savory and sweet, and spend the morning catching up with everyone. Gathering around the table always leads to ridiculous discussions and more laughs than any of our bellies can handle all at once. Thank goodness we get more than one day to spend together this holiday season.
A Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball is What’s For Breakfast!
The holidays are for spending time with family and friends and this year will be extra special. My new nephew is arriving soon and a return trip home after being in Arizona for 6 months is a much-needed break. I am planning on soaking up as much face time with loved ones before I come back to the desert and having easy recipes will make the time even more enjoyable.
This Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball is perfect for Christmas morning and even New Year’s Day. Make yours today and you will be thanking me tomorrow. Happy Holidays!
- 8 ounces cream cheese with Greek yogurt
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha Coffee (Ground)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (divided)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 6 candy canes (crushed and divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- granola (optional)
- breakfast cookies, croissants, bagels, toast (for serving)
Prepare the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Coffee
- Mix the ground coffee with the hot water.
- Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain through a sieve or coffee filter and save the coffee while discarding the grounds.
Prepare the Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball
- In a large bowl, mix the two blocks of cream cheese, coffee, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar.
- Once all the ingredients are combined, fold in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips and half the crushed candy canes.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the fridge.
- Roll in the other half of the crushed candy canes and the other half of the mini chocolate chips.
- Serve with breakfast cookies, croissants, or your favorite breakfasty food.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 6g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.