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One thing you should know about me is that I LOVE hosting parties and ones with themes? Even better! With the help of Coca-Cola Zero™ and OREO, I was able to get my friends together for a Taste of Madness party. Mondelēz International and Cocoa-Cola are Corporate Champion and Partners of the NCAA. Also, NCAA and Taste of Madness are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. © Mondelēz International group © Coca-Cola Zero is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola company.

When it comes to hosting a party, having the right snacks are always the most important on my list. What better way to celebrate then with OREO cupcakes {yum} and Coca-Cola Zero Ice Cream Floats {double yum}. The recipes are available below and both items can easily be found at your local Jewel, Albertsons, or Safeway. Make sure to visit for a chance to win NCAA prizes!

At the snacking table, I also added some popcorn and pretzels, a cheese platter, and some veggies and dip. All were super easy to assemble. For the  cheese platter just choose 2-3 cheeses, 1-2 different types of crackers, and sprinkle around some dried or fresh fruit {I chose apricots}. For the veggies and dip just choose 2-4 different types of veggies {carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, etc} and find a fun dip at your local grocery store {this one is a spinach and kale}.  

Lastly, to get in the basketball spirit, themed party decorations are always a must. I was able to add some confetti and create some game day basketball straws to go with the Coca-Cola Zero Floats {see full tutorial below}.
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Find outlined images of a basketball via the internet and print them out.

Color the basketballs with an orange marker and cut them out.

Find some cute straws {I found these exact ones here} and tape the basketballs to the straws with some clear tape.

Add the straws to your featured drink and let the party begin!
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Mini Oreo Cupcakes

  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 16 tbsp. of unsalted butter {at room temperature}
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 5 eggs {at room temperature}
  • 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk {at room temperature}
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 package of mini OREO cookies
  • 8 tbsp. of butter {at room temperature}
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups of powered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp. of crushed OREO cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Add eggs {one at a time} and beat after each addition.
  5. In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the buttermilk + vanilla.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and the liquid to the batter.
  7. Fill each lined cupcake tin with batter.
  8. Bake 15-18 minutes, until toothpick insert comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a cooking rack.
  9. For the frosting: cream the butter and shortening until light and fluffy {about 2-3 minutes}. Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and some of the crushed OREO crumbs. Mix well.
  10. Frost each cupcake and top with some more OREO crumbles and a mini OREO cookie.

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Coca-Cola Zero Ice Cream Floats

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 liter bottle of Coke Zero
  • Whipped cream {optional
  1. Put 1-2 scoops of ice cream in a glass.
  2. Pour Coke Zero over ice cream until glass is full.
  3. Top with whipped cream {optional}
  4. Add a straw and/or spoon and serve immediately.

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So as you can see, it is super easy to get your friends together for a fun day of snacks, basketball, and friendly competition. Also, make sure to visit for a chance to win some NCAA prizes! What team will you be rooting for this year 😉 !?

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