Brackets, Cheez-It and Chocolate Cookie Basketballs

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How are you celebrating the big March Basketball tournament? A party? Cheering on your favorite team at home with the fam? Either way, you’ll surely be serving snacks and what better way to celebrate than with the new Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves?! #CollectiveBias #BigGameSnacks

Printable Brackets
Cheez-It Snacks and Chocolate Balls Recipe

To help you get your March basketball fix, we’ve made up a printable bracket sheet and tutorial on how to play the March basketball bracket and pool with your friends! If you’ve never looked at a bracket sheet, it may look intimidating, but it’s really easy and fun. Scroll down and find the printable bracket sheet below, after checking out our recipe for awesome and easy to make chocolate cookie basketballs of course. Don’t forget to snaz up your party with the new Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves, too.

March basketball snacks, Cheez-It and Chocolate Basketballs

For those who are looking for some salty and sweet snacks to celebrate the tournament, we’ve got a great snackable moments combination of the new Cheez-It products — Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves as well as a wicked easy recipe for chocolate balls.

The chocolate balls recipe makes between 2 and 3 dozen chocolate balls, so there will be plenty to go around at your party and the new Cheez-It Crunch’d and Cheez-It Grooves can be found at Walmart while you’re picking up your party supplies!

Chee-It Crunch'd #BigGameSnacksCheez-It Grooves SnacksChocolate Cookie Basketballs Recipe

This recipe is really easy to whip up. Crush up some chocolate sandwich cookies, add cream cheese and mix. Slam dunk the balls in chocolate and decorate with an edible food marker! Easy peasy!

Chocolate Balls Recipe

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Chocolate Cookie Basketballs

Simple, creative and easy to make chocolate balls!

45 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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16oz of chocolate sandwich cookies
16oz of vanilla flavored, orange colored candy melts
8oz of softened cream cheese


  • Crush your cookies with a mallet, your hands or make it easy and run them through the blender until well crushed
  • Combine crushed cookies and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until well incorporated
  • Shape into 1/2 inch to 1 inch balls, store on parchment paper and put in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes
  • After chilling the balls for 20-30 minutes, melt the candy melts as directed on the package
  • Roll the balls around in the chocolate until covered, return to parchment paper
  • Decorate with food safe, edible marker
  • You can make up to three dozen of these, depending on the size of your chocolate balls!
Recipe Type: Dessert

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March Basketball Tournamtent Picks

March Basketball Brackets with Friends

Do you want to play March Basketball Brackets in a pool with your friends? Here’s an easy to follow tutorial of how we do it. There are several ways, but this is one of the easiest to follow.

March basketball is a tradition that is recognized by the vibration and rhythmic beat of cowbells, bass and snare drums that can be felt in your chest, cymbals crashing – echoing in your ears, together and trumpets and trombones sounding off as your team enters the stadium — the crowd roars! It’s time to root for your favorite college basketball teams, it’s time to break out your Printable March Basketball Brackets to see how you and your friends are doing – who’s going to win the pool?

Picking your brackets and competing against your friends is all part of the March Basketball fun! If you’ve never done this before, let’s make it real simple for you. Here is how you pick and play brackets for March Basketball. Plus, we have a printable bracket for you to print for yourself and your friends so you can play against one another.

How To Play March Basketball Brackets and Pool

The first thing you need to do is print (found below) as many brackets as people who will be participating in the pool. Each person needs to fill out a bracket and submit it to the host of the pool.

A bracket is filled out by starting with the Official Tournament line up. This is determined by the March Basketball Tournament itself. Each participant will then choose which teams will win and move on to the next round – all the way through to the last round and winner of the tournament.

Once everyone’s brackets are collected, the host should make copies and print a copy of all of the brackets for each participant. Printing and distributing copies may not be practical for a large group, so you may want to display them all on a pegboard in a central location, or better yet – email copies to everyone! (Keep a master copy of all brackets in a safe place to avoid any tampering!) Printing, displaying or emailing the brackets will help all participants keep track and watch progress throughout the March basketball tournament.

Printable March Basketball Bracket Sheet

Printable March Basketball Brackets sheet.

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Getting Your Bracket Started

  • Gather your friends and take a head count. Print out as many copies of the March Basketball Tournament Brackets as there will be participants.
  • Make sure everyone fills out their printable brackets with their picks according to the line up for that particular tournament. It’s important that the first round is filled out according to which team faces off against which team during the first round. Check the lineups online. From there, participants shall pick who they think will win each game, of each round – all the way up to the final game.
  • Collect the printed brackets from each participant and make copies of everyone’s picks for each participant or make one set of copies to display in an agreed upon location (or scan and email copies to everyone!). This way everyone can keep track of the progress, and see how they’re stacking up against their friends. Keep a master copy to avoid tampering!
  • Determine the winner amongst your friends. This is the fun part! Some people like to keep score as they go — on a separate score card (just a list of participants names and tournament rounds), but it’s fun to host a party during the championship game and once the tournament is over, tally up your brackets and see who wins your at home March Basketball Brackets Pool!

Printable March Basketball Bracket Sheet »

How To Keep Score

Keeping score is a lot easier than picking your brackets! It’s a simple points system. At the end of the March basketball tournament you can add up your score and see how well you did compared to your friends who also participated in the brackets.

Scoring is kept by points per winning team picked. So if Team A wins against Team B in round 1, and you chose Team A on your bracket, you get 1 point as outlined below – then on to the next round! Zero points are awarded for losing team picks.

  • Round 1: 1pt
  • Round 2: 2pts
  • Round 3: 3pts
  • Round 4: 4pts
  • Round 5: 6pts
  • Round 6: 10pts

The participant at the end of the tournament with the highest amount of points is the winner! In the event of a tie, the tie breaker will be a game of PIG with Cheez-It Crunch’d. Set a cup or bowl in the center of a table and shoot! First one to spell PIG loses.

PS: if you don’t know how to play PIG, you probably shouldn’t be picking brackets. Good luck and most importantly, have fun!