• 500g mini chocolate footballs
  • 200g cheddar, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 500g grapes
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 4cm batons
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into 4cm batons
  • 5 celery sticks, cut into 4cm batons
  • 3 peppers, deseeded and cut into 4cm strips
  • 150g crisps of your choice
  • 100g sweet or salted popcorn
  • 400g cherry tomatoes
  • dips of your choice (optional)

You’ll also need

  • green card (30 x 35cm)
  • white acrylic paint and a paint brush, or a white paint pen
  • 2 goals and players, made from cardboard (or use mini figures)
  • 10 small cardboard boxes (16 x 9cm; we used kids’ party lunchboxes)


  • STEP 1

    Put the green card on a serving table – it will be hard to move the stadium once assembled, so set it up where you want to serve it. Paint or draw a border around the edges using paint or a paint pen, then paint or draw the halfway line, centre circle and penalty areas. Decorate with the cardboard goals and players or mini figures. (If you’re using chocolate footballs, you can also put one of these on the “pitch”.)

  • STEP 2

    Cut the top flaps off the cardboard boxes so they’re open, then cut diagonally along the sides for a tiered effect – the front of the boxes should be 4-5cm in height (to sit against the pitch) and the back, 10cm. Arrange the boxes around the pitch.

  • STEP 3

    Fill the boxes with the chocolate footballs, cheese cubes, grapes, carrots, cucumbers, celery, peppers, crisps, popcorn, and tomatoes, and serve alongside dips, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2024

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